Francois Arnal, French artist born in 1924. His path as an artist started with the terrifying event of the Second World war, moving away from Aix-en-Provence in 1943 to join resistance under the command of maquis de l’Auvergne. In his troop, he met Dutch artist Conrad Kickert who introduced to the profession of being an artist. After the war Francois Arnal moves to Paris where he encountered established artists, poets such as Pierre Dmitrienko, Serge Rezvani ou Bernard Quentin, he starts working on his own style, trying himself as painter, designer and writer. Arnal tries himself as part of the different artistic movements such as the abstraction movement Lyrique (Charles Estienne) and art Informel (Michel Tapié). In 1960 he opens himself to being a sculptor, creating pieces such as «Marteau-éléphant» and working with installations and public art. Francois Arnal passion is to always develop something new taking him on the long travel to find new inspirations. He visits Tahiti, Mexico and stays 6 months in United States where he came to the conclusion that he would leave painting and sculpture and will move in a new direction.
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