Martial Raysse |1936 , Born in Golfe Juan, France

The son of a ceramicist, Martial Raysse turned to painting at the age of 19, after giving up studying literature. During the 1950s, fascinated by the new industrial materials, he began to scour supermarkets and shops for different kinds of coloured plastic objects. In 1958, with the support of Jean Cocteau, he took part in an important group exhibition, and began collaborating with artists from the Nouveau Réalisme group. During a trip to the United States, the influence of American pop art changed the way Martian Raysse painted, but on his return in 1970, he abandoned this approach and dedicated himself to drawing from nature, sculpture and video.

Martial Raysse has won important commissions including the creation of two fountains in Nîmes in 1980 and an enormous fresco in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Today, he lives and works in Issigeac. His work has been exhibited in the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Georges-Pompidou Centre.

  • Ulysse, Why Do You Come So Late Poor Fool 1966
  • Untitled 1962
  • Untitled 1964