A painter, sculptor, illustrator and musician, Robert Combas is at the origin of the free figurative painting movement in France and Europe at the dawn of the Eighties. A major collector of vinyl records and passionate rock aficionado, music has forged his rapport with painting.


Robert Combas. Breaking conventions

Robert Combas was born in Lyon. His family moved to Sète when he was a child. After high school, he enrolled at the Montpellier School of Fine Arts in 1975.
Little by little, he defined his style opposing conceptual art that was predominant in the art scene at the time.

Not belonging to any movement, he promoted freedom of creation. He began a series of paintings, “Batailles”, that treated undeveloped countries with cynicism and sarcasm, creating the movement of “Arab Pop Art”. At the beginning of the 1980s, he changed direction. Robert and Hervé Di Rosa grew up together in Sète. Separated for a while, they reconnected as they were moving in the same Parisian salons. They met art critic Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, and artists Rémi Blanchard, Jean-Charles Blais, Jean-Michel Alberola, Denis Laget, and Catherine Viollet. Together, they organized an exhibition in Vadel’s apartment in 1981. Free figuration was born.

Robert Combas, His positive attitude

Unbridled joviality characterizes his art. Away from tears or romantic contemplation, his paintings inspire happiness, laughter, joy, and good fun. Devoid of negative feelings, this movement contrasts sharply with the severe and austere art of the 1970s. Part of a new generation comfortable in their skin, tired of feeling guilty about bygone, Combas translate his feeling into art. Themes, such as sexuality, love, comics, music, are approached with spontaneity and simplicity.

Robert Combas. His relationship with music

Robert Combas manipulates daily life images, mixing historical and mythological references. Following graffiti and comics style, he mixes raw lines and bold colors.
His source of inspiration is a popular culture accessible by all, such as graffiti, comic strips, street art, and rock music, which he loves. Combas is known for his extensive collection of vinyl records, and his knowledge of the Anglo-American culture of the sixties. In 1978, he founded a rock band, “Les Démodés”, which lasted barely a year. In 2012, with his friend and accomplice Lucas Mancione, he created another band “Les Sans Pattes”.

Since the 2000s, the Estades Gallery has exhibited his work at the Gallery’s four locations in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden.

Robert Combas. Price of an artwork by Robert Combas.

What is the value of an artwork by Robert Combas?

The value of an artist like Robert Combas is based on criteria, such as his medium: painting, sculpture, drawing, lithograph.
If there are as many artists as there are media in the field of Art, price ranges can also be a surprise. In some cases, the work of an artist like Robert Combas can range from a few hundred to several thousand euros or more. Art lovers, collectors, regular buyers, or investors are often startled by such price differences. Is it justified?

Robert Combas. Price of his work

To assess an artwork, one must use some criteria: the artist notoriety his impact in art history, his boldness, creativity, inventiveness, his recognition by his peers, by art experts, gallery owners, specialized cultural institutions, reputable auction houses, the uniqueness of the work, the creation date (some periods of an artist’s career are more valuable than others, the medium and technique, etc.

Robert Comb. Authentication

Do you own an artwork signed by Robert Combas? The signature is the first step in its authentication. Unfortunately, “signed” and “authenticated” do not necessarily add up because a signature can be reproduced.

Many artists, like Damien Colcombet, have their signature forged. A certificate of authenticity is required to sell the work on the art market and get the best price. An expert specializing in the artists’ work or a gallery owner needs to sign the certificate of authenticity.

Robert Combas. Buy or sell an artwork by Robert Combas

If you wish to buy or sell a work of Robert Combas, there are several options.

Auction sales are appreciated because they bring you the opportunity to get artworks at a competitive price. They can also be an opportunity to buy lots and series.
However, this process requires a serious commitment on your part.

A private sale between individuals allows for a more personal and confidential transaction with a gallery owner or a professional art expert. They will guide you through the process. Their expertise and tailor-made advice will help you complete this exceptional purchase.

The Estades Gallery brings you the opportunity to acquire major works by Robert Combas or artists like him, whether print, drawing, original signed lithograph, oil on canvas. Beyond buying and selling art, the Estades gallery will offer you expert advice and guide you in your art investment, whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a dedicated collector.

But beyond buying and selling art, the Estades gallery offers its customers the support and art environment they need.

Robert Combas. Price estimate

Experts or auctioneers use a database and study the latest selling prices for similar works. They examine a set of precise criteria. Work dimension, theme, medium, material, the uniqueness of the work, and its condition are significant factors determining the artwork’s price.

A oil on canvas by Robert Combas sells between €30,000 and €70,000, a drawing between €4,000 and €7,000, and a mixed media between €5,000 and €10,000.

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Born mai 1957

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