Pierre Aleshinsky (FR. Pierre Alechinsky, October 19, 1927, Brussels) - Belgian painter, graphic artist, book artist. Born in a family of Jewish immigrants from Russia.
From 1944 to 1948 he studied book illustration, typography and photo art at the Higher National School of Architecture and Decorative Arts in Brussels, in 1945 he discovered painting by A. Michaud and J. Dubuffet. Sam began to paint in 1947. In 1949 he joined the avant-garde group "COBRA" (K. Dotremont, K. Appel, A. Jorn, see), participated in the first and second exhibitions of the group in Amsterdam and Liege. After the collapse of the group, he settled in Paris (1951), became close to the circle of surrealists, met A. Giacometti, B. van Velde, V. Brauner. In 1954, the first personal exhibition of Aleshinsky took place in one of the galleries in Paris, in 1955 - in the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels, in 1958 - in London, in 1960 - at the Venice Biennale, where he represented Belgium. In the 1960s, Aleshinsky moved to more fluid materials (ink), became interested in oriental calligraphy, became close to the Chinese artist Wallace Ting, living in the USA, in 1965, under his influence, began to work with acrylics in a technique similar to comics ( Central Park, 1965). In the same year, Andre Breton invited Aleshinsky to participate in the X International Exhibition of Surrealistic Art.