André Marfaing was born in Toulouse on December 11, 1925.
In 1949, he left Toulouse. In 1951 he befriended Alfred Manessier, and in 1952 he became friends with Pierre Soulages. With Soulages he shared his French Southwestern roots, a passion for Romanesque art, and a love of black. He definitively adopted black, a combination of all colors, and white, its absence.
"For me, black is the most natural means of expression," he confided. This was his radical way of attaining an absolute, a world without reference to external nature, "to reinvent painting, knock down one’s own borders," said the artist.
Marfaing's first solo exhibition was held in 1958 at Galerie Claude Bernard. The following year, he was invited to participate in Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and the first Paris Biennale at the Musée d’Art Modern. He won awards alongside Martin Barre, Hundertwasser, Yves Klein, and Joan Mitchell. Already Marfaing was considered one of the most promising artists. In 1962, he took part in the Venice Biennale and joined the Ariel Gallery, directed by Jean Pollak. In 1967 he also joined the Birch Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In the 1960s, when Marfaing was in his prime, he expressed himself with vehemence and tumult. In Les lettres Françaises, Georges Boudaille described Marfaing’s work thus: "Its drama, a storm. It’s the struggle between shadow and light..."
Marfaing indeed spoke of painting as "an adventure that allows mankind to emerge from chaos." Especially shadow, like a mystery whose contours he explored. Light, as an immanent revelation emerging from his painting.
In the 1970’s, the artist crossed a new threshold in his way of streamlining the paintings.
"I want to express one thing in its totally with as few words as possible." This tendency toward purification was amplified in the 1980s in his final works, which could be illustrated by Vladimir Nabokov's phrase, "...Our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness."
André Marfaing died on March 30, 1987 at the age of 62.
2019 : Art Paris Art Fair 2019 : virtual tour of the booth
2017-2018 : André Marfaing, musée des beaux-arts de Quimper, Quimper
2017 : "Les Noirs de Marfaing", Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès et Galerie Protée.
André Marfaing, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Carcassonne.
2013 : Marfaing, Aktis Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni.
2010 : André Marfaing (1925-1987), Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès, Paris.
2008 : Galerie 5, Toulouse.
Marfaing, Peintures de 1970 à 1986, Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès, Paris.
2007-2008 : André Marfaing, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse.
2007: Le noir et le blanc, André Marfaing, Grand théâtre d'Angers.
André Marfaing, Centre d'art plastiques, Royan.
2004 : Michel Dieuzaide invite Marfaing- oeuvres sur papier, La Passerelle des Arts, Lectoure.
2001-2002 : André Marfaing, Axel Cassel, Centre d'art contemporain Georges Pompidou, Cajarc.
2001: Du noir et du blanc Prassinos-Marfaing, Musée d'Art Moderne, Troyes.
1991: Marfaing, FIAC, galerie Ariel, Grand Palais, Paris.
1988 : André Marfaing, Galerie Protée, Toulouse.
Marfaing peintures, 1977-1987, Centre Artistique de Poudéous.
1987: Salon des réalités nouvelles, Grand Palais, Paris.
Hommage de la jeune gravure contemporaine au Grand Palais, Paris.
1985 : Galerie Convergences, Nantes.
FIAC 85, Galerie Clivages, Grand Palais, Paris.
1984 : Galerie Elva, Stockholm, Suède.
1980 : Maison de la culture, Orléans.
1979 : Galerie Nord, Randers, Danemark.
1977 : Galerie Glemminge, Glemmingebro, Suède.
1975 : Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Danemark.
1974 : Galerie La Lanterna, Trieste, Italie.
1973 : Galerie Paul Bruck, Luxembourg.
1972 : Galerie Protée, Toulouse.
1970 : Galerie At Home, Toulouse.
1966 : Quinze peintres de ma génération, Galerie L’Atelier, Paris.
1958 : Première exposition personnelle, Galerie Claude Bernard.
1950 : Salon de la jeune peinture, Salon de Mai et des Réalités Nouvelles.