Jean-Michel Alberola is a French artist associated with Figuration Libre, a movement that emerged in the 1980s and advocated creative expression without reference to culture, borders or genre. Throughout his career, he has explored the concept of the "end of painting" by refusing to confine himself to painting as a medium and by incorporating other media - text, photographs or film - into his works.
In his view, the role of the artist is to resist the erosion of meaning and communicate that effort to us. There have been a number of exhibitions of his work at leading museums and has executed commissions for many institutions, including the Musee d'art Moderne and Le Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
He teaches at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and is a prominent figure on the French art scene.
Since 1982, he has been represented by the Daniel Templon gallery in Paris.