Pierre Alechinsky was born in 1927 in Brussels. He studied painting in Brussels and engraving with Stanley William Hayter in Paris. He was one of the founders (with Dutch artist Corneille and Danish artist Asger Jorn) of the international CoBrA group (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) in 1948. The CoBrA groups’ dedication to primitive form and often violent strokes paralleled that of the American abstract expressionist movement. The foundation of this organization was a reaction to the formal art that was popular in many European cities immediately following World War II.
Alechinsky is particularly adept at achieving subtleties and intensities in color in the lithographic process. He was the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Prize in 1977 and he has been honored with a permanent room in the Louisiana Museum in Denmark.