Brussels, 1927 – lives and works in Bougival, France

In 1948, after graduating in book illustration and typography, Alechinsky started painting. Early in 1949 he discovered Cobra after visiting an exhibition. He helped Christian Dotremont to organise and coordinate the exhibitions. Together with his wife Mickey he was responsible for the publication of the Cobra magazine, of which Dotremont was the editor-in-chief. Alechinsky set up Ateliers du Marais in Brussels. This joint studio became the international meeting centre of Cobra. Alechinsky also organised the major Cobra exhibition in Liège in 1951, which heralded the end of Cobra.

Pierre Alechinsky, Pas un mot, 1973, acrylverf op papier op doek, 153 x 229 cm, © foto: Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst Amstelveen, Collectie Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst Amstelveen / langdurige bruikleen Collectie ABN AMRO
Pierre Alechinsky, Remuement d’Eau (Verstoring van het water), 1985, acrylverf op papier op doek, 200 x 200 cm © foto: Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst Amstelveen, Collectie Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst Amstelveen / langdurige bruikleen Karel van Stuijvenberg, Caracas