Arman Fernandez was born in Nice in 1928. Still in his teens, he made friends with Yves Klein, and both went on a hitch-hicking tour of Europe together. He first studied at the Nice Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, and then took a course at The Ecole du Louvre in Paris. In 1950, Arman founded the Triangle group with Yves Klein and Claude Pascal. During this period, he started experimenting with printing blocks and began working on the cutting-up and de-structuring of various objects, and made his first accumulations.
In 1960 the first manifesto of the "new realists" was signed by Pierre Restany, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé, joined a few months later by Martial Raysse, Niki de Saint Phalle, Christo, Cesar, Daniel Spoerri etc. The same year Arman held an exhibition of dustbins at the Schmela Gallery in Düsseldorf.
In 1961, Arman cut up his first violin and performed public happenings on the "objects in anger" theme, he met Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. The following years, he started welding objects together, as well as research on combustion. He also began to collaborate with the Renault motorcar firm, thus starting "industry-art". His work won recognition at various exhibitions : Minneapolis, Amsterdam, Lausanne, Paris, Chicago etc. In the early seventies, Arman worked on the casting of objects into concrete, and made accumulations of rubbish from his friends' s studio ; artists such as Christo, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Warhol. In order to preserve it, the rubbish was cast into plexiglas..
In the early eighties, several of his monumental concepts are put up : Anchorage, Dunkerque, Majorca, as well as the accumulation of flags in the courtyard of the Elysée Palace in Paris. Various retrospective shows acclaimed his work (paintings, sculptures, prints). In 1991, he took part in the first Lyons Biennale, in 2001 he showed in Nice, Antibes and New York, and in 2003 in Teheran.
Throughout his career, Arman has also produced prints, displaying his proficiency in all the engraving, etching and lithographic techniques. His works now feature in all major museums and collections. He presently lives and works in New York.