Maccheroni (1932-2016) was a prolific painter, photographer and print-maker.
In the 1960s, Henri Maccheroni painted large post-surrealist paintings. Working in series (like The Unfinished Worlds or The Nocturnes), he explores the myths of Western painting: Eros, Thanatos, the Crucifixion, the City and painting itself as the foundation of an aesthetic writing.
From 1968, photography takes an important place in his work. Here again, the "series" approach dominates (2,000 photographs of the sex of a woman, of the Skulls-Vanities, or even of Grand Archaeological Suites). Photography mixes with many collages and cuttings. He also practices etching (etching, dry point, black way).
During the 1970's, he participated in the advent of "socio-critical" art, and in 1982, with Michel Butor, he founded the National Center for Contemporary Art (Villa Arson) in Nice.