Claude Viallat (b. 1936, Nîmes, France)
A leading figure of the Supports/Surfaces movement, Claude Viallat met fellow members of the group André-Pierre Arnal, Vincent Bioulès, Daniel Dezeuze, and Toni Grand at École des Beaux-Arts in Montelier. His pictorial practice was hugely influential to the aesthetics of the Supports/Surfaces group. After his teaching experience at École des Arts Décoratifs of Nice in 1964, Viallat took on the challenge of creating a new formal language questioning the conventions of classical painting. It was then in the late 60s that he started working systematically with one shape affixed on unstretched fabric.
The Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou hosted a Viallat retrospective in 1982. He represented France at the Venice Biennial in 1988. In 1991, he participated in the Supports/Surfaces historical retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne of Saint Etienne. His most recent retrospective was in 2014, at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier. His work can be seen in the collections of modern and contemporary art museums the world over including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo; Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna.