André Marfaing is a French painter and engraver born in Toulouse in 1925 and died in 1987. To reassure his parents, Marfaing studied law in his hometown and obtained his license, but at the age of 24 he left for Paris and henceforth devoted himself entirely to painting. Very quickly, he switches to abstraction and in contact with Pierre Soulages, orients himself towards the almost exclusive use of black in his work.
His artistic practice explores opposites: shadow and light, emptiness and fullness, being and nothingness. “Along with Soulages, Hartung and Kline, Marfaing is one of the great crushers of black who appeared after the last war, but caresses this color with caution, tenderness and firmness”, writes journalist Frédéric Edelmann. Towards the end of his career, the relationship between black and white is reversed, and the artist leaves more and more space to light.
André Marfaing has received numerous awards for his works and in particular represented France at the Venice Biennale alongside Poliakoff, Messagier, Guitet and Manessier. He has been exhibited in galleries all over France, but also in London or Luxembourg. His works have also been the subject of exhibitions in public institutions, at the Abattoirs de Toulouse (2011), at the BNF (2002), or at the Museum of Modern Art in Troyes (2001).