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Robert Combas is a contemporary French painter, born on May 25, 1957, in Lyon. He is one of the major figures of the Figuration Libre, a French artistic movement that emerged in the 1980s in reaction to minimalism and conceptual art. Combas was a leading figure in this movement, alongside artists like Hervé Di Rosa, François Boisrond, and Rémi Blanchard.

From a young age, Robert Combas displayed a passionate interest in art. He studied at the Montpellier School of Fine Arts, where he developed his distinctive artistic vision. His painting is characterized by a vibrant and bold palette, expressive forms, and a strong influence of popular culture. His works often feature eccentric characters, monsters, and fantastical animals, creating a dynamic and fantastical pictorial world.

Combas' career took off in the early 1980s when he co-founded the Figuration Libre movement with his peers. They broke away from traditional artistic conventions and drew inspiration from comic books, street art, punk music, and underground culture. This new artistic approach garnered significant interest and was enthusiastically received by both the public and critics.

Throughout his career, Robert Combas exhibited his works worldwide, including at the Venice Biennale in 1984, where he represented France. His art evolved over the years, incorporating new techniques and exploring various mediums, from painting to sculpture to music. He also collaborated with other renowned artists and musicians.

Combas' work has had a lasting influence on the contemporary art scene. His vibrant and energetic canvases continue to be sought after by collectors worldwide. Robert Combas remains a committed and prolific artist, whose work continues to captivate and provoke reflection on the nature of art and creativity.

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