Pierre Alechinsky | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books




Pierre Alechinsky (Schaerbeek, 19 October 1927) is a Belgian painter, sculptor and engraver.

He studies illustration of books and typography, but he also paints in a style belonging to that post-cubist movement that he will then modify until he gets to look more like his compatriot James Ensor.

He was born in Schaerbeek, in the Brussels-Capital region, but for many years lived and worked between Bougival and the south of France.

In 1944 he attended the Ecole nationale supérieure d'Architecture et des Arts décoratifs de La Cambre, in Brussels, where he studied illustration, printing and photography techniques. A year later, in 1945 he discovered the works of Henri Michaux, Jean Dubuffet and became a friend of a critic of a renowned art critic, Jacques Putman. Together with Karel Appel, Asger Jorn and Corneille founded the group CO.BR.A. in 1948, which takes its name from the initials of their hometowns (Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam). With the group he participates in both exhibitions. In 1951, he moved to Paris to study printing techniques with a scholarship from the French government and the following year he deepened his knowledge of engraving with Stanley William Hayter. Three years later, in 1954, he exhibited his works for the first time in Paris and became interested in Japanese calligraphy.

Around 1960 he then exhibited in London, Bern and the Venice Biennale; later in Pittsburgh, New York, Amsterdam and Silkeborg. As his reputation grew, he worked with Wallace Ting, always maintaining close relations with Christian Dotremont. He then established relations also with André Breton. In 1983 he entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, as a professor of painting. In 1994 he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor by the Université libre de Bruxelles and a year later, in 1995 one of his drawings was printed on Belgian stamps.