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Born in December 1924, in Bťziers (France) to a Languedoc family with roots in the Catalan, NoŽl was exposed since his childhood to paint in his father's house-painting and decorating studio, in Pau, France. He studied art and engineering before joining the Resistance during the German occupation.

 

After the war, he worked as an aeronautics draughtsman-engineer in Pau. Nine years later, in the mid-1950s, he moved to Paris to become a painter.  His early works resonated with those of artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Pollock and Klee.  By 1957, NoŽl had found the signature style that would last throughout his career, employing sand, flint, raw pigments and polyvinyl acetate, and a loose cursive handwriting that incises the surface.   NoŽl's textured grounds echo the structures and colors of the natural elements, whereas his "handwriting" evokes an abstract poetry. His sign language draws on many sources, including graffiti, musical scores, and the symbols of archaic and primitive cultures, combined with abstract markings of his own invention. From 1969 to 1983, NoŽl lived and exhibited in New York.  He returned to France in 1983.

 

Since his first solo exhibition with the renowned art dealer Paul Facchetti in 1960, NoŽl has participated in significant international art events and has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, Kassel (1964), the S„o Paulo Bienal (1965), Pace Gallery, New York (1973, 1975-76, 1978-79), Galerie Andrť Emmerich, Zurich (1977), Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg (1994), and the Stšdtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim where he had a forty-year retrospective in 1996, to name a few. He has executed several architectural commissions in France, and his work is represented in such distinguished collections as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, BibliothŤque Nationale and F.N.A.C., Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, among others.

 

 

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