Artistic Practice Department / Painting and Parasites
Born in 1953 in Saida, Algeria, Jean-Michel Alberola has been teaching at the École since 1991. After his university studies, he exhibited for the first time in 1982 at the Ateliers de l’ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and had a solo show at the Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris.
A key period in his work commenced in the early 1980s, taking as its point of departure biblical and mythological iconography (Susanna and the Elders; Diana and Actaeon) and marked by the influence of Tintoretto, Veronese, Velázquez and Manet. Alberola’s figures are emblematic of his thinking on the powers of images and of the seeing eye. At once painter, sculptor, filmmaker, maker of books and objets d’art, Alberola endeavours to fuse painting, writing and speech: “The people writes on the wall and artists bore the people […].
Yet artists would like to be guides again and show how to cut through the fields and remain continually alert, subversive.” Jean-Michel Alberola’s works are shown in various galleries and museums in France and abroad.