Famous French Contemporary Artists

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Victor Vasarely
(Artist, who was known as the grandfather of the short-lived op art movement in the 1930s)
Victor Vasarely
Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary
Died: March 15, 1997

Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely pioneered the Op Art movement, using geometric angles and depth in works such as Vega-Nor. He initially worked as a graphic artist in advertising agencies and then created masterpieces influenced by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. His work Zebra remains one of his best-known pieces.

Christian Boltanski
(French Sculptor, Photographer, Painter Known for His Contemporary French Conceptual Style)
Christian Boltanski
Birthdate: September 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 14, 2021

Christian Boltanski was a French sculptor, painter, photographer, and filmmaker. Best remembered for his contemporary French conceptual style and photography installations, Boltanski took part in more than 150 art exhibitions around the world. He also won several prestigious prizes like the Praemium Imperiale Award.

Daniel Buren
(French Conceptual Artist, Painter, and Sculptor Known for His Distinctive Site-Specific Installations of Alternating Stripe Patterns)
Daniel Buren
Birthdate: March 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist, visual artist, sculptor, and painter. He is credited with creating many world-famous installations, such as Les Deux Plateaux. One of the most active and renowned artists on the international scene, Daniel Buren is the recipient of several prestigious awards like the Golden Lion and the Premium Imperiale.

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César Baldaccini
Birthdate: January 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: December 6, 1998

César Baldaccini was a French sculptor who had occupied the most important position among other sculptors of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. Baldaccini, who had become one of France's most prominent sculptors by 1960, was renowned for his experimental works. He is credited with creating the César du cinéma trophy, which is regarded as the most prestigious award in French cinema.

Bracha L. Ettinger
Birthdate: March 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

An M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger initially worked as psychoanalyst in Israel and England. Although self taught, she later decided to become a professional artist, eventually moving to Paris, where along with painting, drawing and photography, she also started writing and began serving as visiting professor at various European and Asian universities.

Yto Barrada
Yto Barrada
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Huang Yong Ping
Birthdate: February 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Xiamen, China
Died: October 20, 2019
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Jean-Marc Bustamante
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

Best known for his photographs and installations, Jean-Marc Bustamante had begun his career as an assistant to photographer William Klein. One of his most famous series was Something is Missing. He also produced countless projects with French sculptor Bernard Bazile, as the duo Bazile Bustamante.

Alain-Georges-Frank Jacquet
Birthdate: February 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: September 4, 2008