Selected Works

Born in Nice, France, in 1928, Armand Pierre Fernandez demonstrated a precocious talent for painting and drawing during his formative years. Influenced by Vincent van Gogh, he initially signed his early work with his first name only, a practice he continued after a printer’s misspelling in 1958, maintaining this distinctive signature throughout his illustrious career. As the son of an antiques dealer and amateur cellist, Arman absorbed a profound appreciation for music, the art of collecting, and the cultivation of discerning taste from a young age.

After completing studies at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, Arman relocated to Paris to pursue art history at the Ecole du Louvre. In his early artistic endeavors, he delved into abstract paintings inspired by the work of Nicolas de Staël. A voracious reader, Arman found inspiration in books and art reviews, complemented by extensive road trips throughout Europe with fellow artists Claude Pascale and Yves Klein, both hailing from Nice.

“I specialize very much in… everything,” proclaimed the French-born American artist Arman in 1968. He disavowed the label of a dilettante, positioning himself as one of the most prolific and inventive creators of the late 20th century. Arman’s extensive artistic output spans drawings, prints, monumental public sculptures, and his renowned “accumulations” of found objects. Rooted in Dada and exerting a profound influence on Pop Art, his works grace prestigious collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.