Bernard Aubertin was born in 1934 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France.

In the 1950s he was one of the founders and animators of the “Zero Group” in Düsseldorf in which Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Otto Piene and Günter Ueker, among others, took part. His first red monochromes date from this period.

His artistic activity initially took place in Paris and then from the 1970s in Brest and for long periods between Brescia and Verona. Since 1990 he has been living and working in Reutlingen in Germany with frequent stays in Brescia.

In addition to his “monochromes”, he is known for his use of combustion of different materials and objects, from books to musical instruments to model cars.

Above all, he is famous for his “dessin de feu” collages of matches, variously arranged in geometric shapes on a cardboard background, which are then set on fire to achieve a highly suggestive result, and for his performances in which he burns pianos and real cars.