Created in 1984, the Fondation Jacques Pajak deposited its collection at the Musée Jenisch Vevey in 1993. Today, it holds a collection of some seven paintings and drawings, with the aim of promoting the artist and his work.
Born in Strasbourg in 1930 and deceased in 1965, Jacques Pajak was introduced to painting at a very young age by his father of Polish origin. An artist with a wealth of ideas and projects, he practised painting, drawing, engraving, ceramics and collage, not forgetting writing, architecture, opera and cinema.
A student at the Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris, Pajak became known in the 1950s for his research into lyrical abstraction. Ten years later, he developed a figurative style with an expressionist character in which the faces and grimacing and tortured bodies echo the political and social dramas of his time, particularly the Algerian war. He divided his life between Paris and French-speaking Switzerland. He died at the age of thirty-five in a car accident, leaving behind a considerable body of work that the Foundation intends to make known in the near future, in particular through the publication of his diary.
President: Kuno Pajak