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Born 1936, Nimes, France, lives and works Nikes, France. Claude Viallat studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier from 1955 to 1959, then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1962-63, in Raymond Legueult's workshop. In 1966, he adopted a process based on fingerprints, in a technique called Allover. In 1969, he was a founding member of Supports / Surfaces.
In addition to the growing success of his exhibitions in France (at the Pompidou Center in 1982) and abroad (Venice Biennale in 1988), he devoted himself to his work as a teacher in the art schools in Nice, Limoges, Marseille and Nimes (where he was director for many years), then Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.