"The French abstractionist Marfaing was born in Toulouse in 1925. He studied law and worked as a lawyer for several years. He began to paint as an amateur at first, and then attended classes in sculpture and painting. In 1949 he moved to Paris and devoted himself entirely to painting.
Over many years he associated with the leading artists and poets of the School of Paris: Fernand Léger, Maurice Estève, Alfred Manessier and Gerard Schneider, amongst others. This circle of artists had a decisive influence on the development of his individual style. The figuratism of his early works gave way to lyrical abstraction. His first abstract compositions date from the beginning of the 1950s.Marfaing was an active participant in exhibitions in Paris from the early 1950s and he became a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles from 1954 onwards. During this period he also exhibited in international shows.In the second half of the 1950s Marfaing’s style developed new characteristics. Geometric and architectural shapes replaced the lyrical abstraction of his early compositions.
Marfaing gradually moved over to working solely in black. According to him black was the most appropriate medium for expressing feelings. His compositions show endless diversity, but principally depict a perpetual conflict of opposing realities: light and dark, volume and vacuum, space and plane. Many critics and friends of the artist have called his style “ascetic”. He makes use of black and its subtle half-tones with incredible precision and conciseness.
After Marfaing’s death in Paris in 1987 a series of one-man exhibitions was held in Paris and Toulouse."(aktis-gallery.co.uk)