Born in 1931 in Hocquincourt (France), died in 2011 in Chieti (Italy).Roman Opalka, a very talented young painter, had Eugène Delacroix as his model. He could have been satisfied with his painting at the time. But he was looking for a project that would bring something completely different to art and make history. From 1965 until his death, he devoted himself to his life's work, the aim of which was to inscribe the trace of an irreversible time. His means of expression are mainly his Details (suites of numbers painted on canvas), photographic self-portraits and sound recordings of his voice. On canvases measuring 196x135 cm, Roman Opalka worked tirelessly to inscribe the digital progression. The numbers are about 5 mm high, painted with a size 0 brush. He began to paint in white on a black background and from 1972 onwards he added 1% white to each background of new canvases. In 2008 the moment arrived when he logically ended up painting white on white. He called this the "deserved white". For Roman Opalka, it is impossible to interrupt his work, yet he has to travel, his health is fragile... In 1972, Roman responded to this by not interrupting his work when he travelled to socialist countries. He always finishes the "painting detail" in progress before a planned trip and continues to inscribe the sequence of numbers in black ink on A4 paper. These are the "travel cards". Roman Opalka does not paint time, he materialises it in a monomaniacal work, The Details, which is based on three elements: his paintings, his recordings and his photographs.
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