Arman was born Armand Pierre Fernandez in Nice, France. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1961 and became an American citizen in 1973.

A founding member of the Nouveau Réalisme movement, Arman was a multi-disciplinary talent most renowned for his Accumulation and Poubelle sculptures. Two distinct strategies, the Accumulations are assemblages of identical objects, often suspended in resin or staged in Plexiglas boxes, while the Poubelles are arranged collections of trash. His work aimed at criticising consumerism, waste, and mass production.

During a career that spanned five decades, he had over 600 solo-exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1991 and at Jeu de Paume in 1998. He also had public art commissions such as Long Term Parking (1982) in Jouy-en-Josas, France and Hope For Peace (1995) in Beirut, Lebanon. His work is included in many esteemed collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou.


 Arman, Reformula one 2003
 Arman, Untitled (Dirty Painting), 1990
 Arman, Empreintes bleues
 Arman, Violon cubiste
 Arman, Untitled (1972)
 Arman, Violon (1979)
 Arman, Ciseaux, 1980
 Arman, Hommage to Nadar, 1986
 Arman, Sans Titre (2000)