Raysse, Martial

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Raysse, Martial Gender: M
Martial Louis Marces Raysse
born on 12 February 1936 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Golfe Juan, France, 43n34, 7e05
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 22°49' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 20°24 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 24°26'

Portrait of Martial Raysse 
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Martial Raysse
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French painter, sculptor, actor and film maker. Raysse was born in a ceramicist family in Vallauris and began to paint and write poetry at age 12. After studying and practising athleticism at a high level, he began to accumulate rubbish odds and ends that he preserved under plexiglas. In 1958, he exhibited some of his paintings with Jean Cocteau at Galerie Longchamp.

Fascinated by the beauty of plastic, he plundered low-costs shops with plastic items and developed what became his "vision hygiene" concept; a vision that showcases consumer society. This work received attention and critical praise in 1961, and at a commercial gallery in Milan, his exhibition sold out 15 minutes before the opening. Raysse then traveled to the United States to get involved with the pop art scene in New York City.

Nouveaux Réalistes activity

In October 1960, Martial Raysse, together with Arman, Yves Klein, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Jacques Villeglé and the art critic and philosopher Pierre Restany founded the group Nouveaux Réalistes. The group was later joined by César, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle and Christo. This group of artists defined themselves as bearing in common a "new perspective approaches of reality". Their work was an attempt at reassessing the concept of art and the artist in the context of a 20th Century consumer society by reasserting the humanistic ideals] in the face of industrial expansion.


Raysse acted in Jean-Pierre Prévost's 1971 film Jupiter. He then wrote and directed the 1972 film Le grand départ.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 24 January 1986 (Brigitte Aubignac)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

BC in hand from Didier Geslain archive, file peintres, photo #107


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (painter)