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Biography of Robert Malaval
Robert Malaval always presented as the initiator of the French version of Pop Art was born in Nice in 1937. When 16, he discovers Van Gogh's painting and surrealism. In 1956, he starts an initiatory trip in Paris and, when he comes back, settles in the country for ideological reasons. Carnival inspires him, the artist realizes shapes with pasted on papers with his own rock music as backgroundd. Malaval produces the « White Food » series which announces deep anxiety. Later on the artist will explore different types of creation (sculptures and embossments bodies casting, ink drawings, writing, comic books, etching, the use of acrylic applied on pochoir and by spray). In 1973, the artist tries out new materials: sequins, his series « Star Dust » already suggests the artist's short lifespan. In the 70s, between alcohol and drugs, Malaval slowly ruins his life. He exhibits his last works in galleries, museums. The artist commits suicide in Paris in 1980.