Francis Alys is active/lives in Belgium, Mexico. Francis Alys is known for mixed-media abstraction and figure painting-conceptual, performance art.
Biography Francis Alys
b. 1959, Antwerp, Belgium??Francis Alÿs was born in 1959 in Antwerp, Belgium. He attended the Institut Supérieur d'Architecture Saint-Luc in Tournai, Belgium, from 1978 to 1983 and the Instituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice from 1983 to 1986, where he received a master's degree in urbanism with a thesis on the presence of animals in medieval and Renaissance-era European cities.
After graduation, he moved to Mexico City, where he worked in the workshop of the weaver Jacobo Islas Mendoza in collaboration with Felipe Sanabria. The abundant presence of street animals in that city inspired the early work The Collector (1991-92), in which the artist "walked" a magnetized sculptural model of an animal
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