Born in 1920 in Rennes, France

Died in 1999 in Cancale, France

Yves  LALOY

After an education as an architect, Yves Laloy turned to painting in 1950 and stared to be exhibited in the surrealist galleries in Paris. His work is characterized by a multiple plastic vocabulary through geometric compositions of great pictorial audacity and figurative paintings borrowing themes from Surrealism. André Breton discovered his work and supported the artist with admiration from 1958 until the end of his life. He chose a work by Laloy to illustrate the cover of his famous book Le Surréalisme et la Peinture, which he republished in 1965. The artist was particularly influenced by non-Western art, especially that of the Navajo in America. He let himself be guided by forms that multiplied and that led him on a personal quest that was above all spiritual. Writing, in the form of calembours, is sometimes included in the composition of his paintings and drawings. In 2004, Yves Laloy was the subject of a major monographic exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France. 

education

1945
- École des Beaux-arts de Paris (architecture)

solo shows

2022
- Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

2017
- Yves Laloy, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

2011
- Hommage à Yves Laloy: entre Suréalisme et Art Tribal, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris, France

2004
- Yves Laloy, 1920-1999, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
- Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France
- Yves Laloy: Masterpieces, Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland

1993
- Yves Laloy, Paintings et objects (1948-1973), Haas und Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany

1990
- Galerie Down-Town, Paris, France

1972
- Yves Laloy, Peintures, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Paris, France
- Galerie Arturo Schwarz, Milan, Italy
- Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland

1971
- Galerie Tobies und Silex, Cologne, Germany

​1968
- Galleria del Levante, Roma, Italy
- Galleria del Levante, Munich, Germany

1967
- Galleria del Levante, Milan, Italy

1965  
- Galerie Art Center, Lima, Peru

1960
- Yves Laloy, Peintures, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Paris, France
- Galerie Arturo Schwarz, Milan, Italy

1958
- Yves Laloy presented by André Breton, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Paris, France

1952
- Yves Laloy, Peintures récentes, Galerie d'Orsel, Paris, France
 

group shows

2020
- The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree, Camden Art Centre, London, UK
- The Backward Glance can be a Glimpse into the Future, Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland
- Summer Show, Suppan Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria

2018
- À Cris Ouverts, Les Ateliers de Rennes - Biennale d'art contemporain, Rennes, France

2017
- Documenta (14),  Kassel, Germany
- Figures et formes géométriques, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

2015
- Variété surréaliste, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

2014
-  Surréalisme et Arts primitifs : Un air de famille, Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland

2012
- Chassé-croisé Dada-surréaliste, Espace d'art contemporain Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France

2009
- Dada e Surrealismo riscoperti, Complesso Monumentale del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

2000
- Dreaming with open eyes, Art Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

1999
- Surrealism: two private eyes, The Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi collection, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
- Hommage à Alexandre de la Salle, Centre international d'art contemporain, Château de Carros, France 

1996
- Die Carl Laszlo Sammlung Teil einer Kunst aus Basel, Kunsthalle,​ Budapest, Hungary
- Hauptstädtische Gemäldegalerie des historischen Museums, Berlin, Germany

1991
- André Breton, La Beauté convulsive, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1989
- I Surrealisti, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

1986
- Continent abstrait, continent surréaliste, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

1982
- Jalons contrastés, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

1973
- The non objective world: 1924-1955, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK

1971
- Der Geist des Surrealismus, Baukunst, Cologne, Germany

1969
- Malerei des Surrealismus, Kunstverein, Hambourg, Germany
- Exposition internationale du surréalisme, L'Écart absolu, Galerie de l'OEil, Paris, France
- Yves Laloy, Renato Mambor, Mikulàs Medek, André Masson, Momenti di vita, Galleria La Bertesca, Genova, Italy

1962
- Salon Comparaisons, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

1961
- Arte fantastica, Surrealismo, Galerie Arturo Schwarz, Milan, Italy
- Surrealist Intrusion in the Enchanter's Domain, D'Arcy Galleries, New York, USA
- Mostra internazionale del surrealismo, Galerie Arturo Schwarz, Milan, Italy

1960
- Peintures et gouaches, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Paris, France
- Exposition internationale du Surréalisme, Eros, Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, France

1959
- Le Surréalisme dans la peinture, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Paris, France
- Peintures et sculptures, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Paris, France

public collections

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Musée de Grenoble, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, USA
Osten Museum of Drawing, Skopje, Macedonia