Patrick Saytour was born in Nice, France, in 1935. In his youth he combined art with theatre. He is one of the founding members of the Supports-Surfaces movement, the last avant-garde artistic movement in 20th century France. The name of the group as an entity of its own emerged in 1970 for the exhibition entitled La peinture en question at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris. Saytour, together with Claude Viallat, is considered to be one of the key members of the movement.
The painter collects a wide variety of materials and modest, trivial and sometimes even kitsch objects. He then transforms them by folding, bending, burning or soaking them, or even by simply exposing them to the sun.
Patrick Saytour has participated in solo and group exhibitions in museums and contemporary art centres all over France, in the rest of Europe, Asia and the United States. His works can also be found in important private and public collections, such as the Musée National d'Art Moderne and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Musée Cantini in Marseille and the FRAC in Franche-Comte.