Roman Opalka was a French-born Polish painter (August 27, 1931 – August 6, 2011). Opalka painted millions of numbers over the course of more than 45 years.
Painting consecutive numbers from 1 to infinity.
Numbers in horizontal rows.
Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner.
Numbers that would progress from one canvas to the next for the duration of his life…
“I inscribe the progression of numbers beginning with one, proceeding to infinity, on canvases of the same size, 77.17 x 53.15 in (196 x 135 cm)… After each work session in my studio, I take a photograph of my face in front of the “Detail” that I have been working on. Each “Detail” is accompanied by a tape recording of my voice saying the numbers out loud as I write them.”
Opalka, The Painter of Infinity: 1965/1 — ∞
Roman Opalka, The Conceptual Artist
“All my work is a single thing, the description from one to infinity…”
Roman Opalka wrote in 1987: “We are at the same time alive and in the face of death – that is the mystery of all living beings.”
A Single Thing, A Single Life…
“Time as we live it and as we create it embodies our progressive disappearance.”