(Nice, November 17, 1928 – New York, October 22, 2005) son of an antique dealer his first lessons in painting were given him by his father. In 1946 he began to study painting at the École Nationale d’Art Décoratif, in Nice, in 1947 he met Yves Klein and Claude Pascal in Paris. Completing his studies in Nice in 1949, he enrolled as a student at the École du Louvre where he concentrated on the study of archaeology and oriental art. His pictures at this time were influenced by Surrealism and by a Kurt Schwitters’s exhibition that he saw in Paris in 1954, which inspired him to begin his work with stamp imprints, the Cachets.
He had his first one-man exhibitions in London and Paris in 1956, in 1958 he dropped the “d” in his name, inspired by a printer’s error and he started his monotypes using objects (Allures).
In 1959 he created his first Accumulations and Poubellesm. In 1960 he became a founding member of the Nouveau Réalisme. In 1961 he showed in New York and Milan, in 1962 he showed in various European cities and also in Los Angeles. In 1964 he had his first museum retrospectives in Minneapolis, and at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1965 and 1966 he was given large retrospective exhibitions in Krefeld, Lausanne, Paris, Venice and Brussels. In 1968 he showed at the Venice Biennale and at Documenta in Kassel.
Since 1975 he has lived in New York – where he has a studio – and in Paris.
Arman is represented in all the international museums and he has realized more than 500 personal exhibitions.