Pierre Alechinsky is associated with Abstract Expressionist, Lyrical Abstraction and the abstract style of art known as Tachisme. Using a range of media in his art, he is an engraver, graphic artist, painter and film maker. He learned engraving and gained other skills in Brussels and Paris. First he studied printmaking, illustration and photography at the National School of Decorative Arts in La Cambre. He became specialised in Etchings, Aquatint and watercolour on rice paper. He then continued his art education at Atelier 17 in Paris, where he was a student of the printmaker Stanley William Hayter. In 1949 the art group Cobra was formed. Its purpose was to break away accepted standards of western art and to make art more about the human condition.