Born in 1940 in New Jersey, Downsbrough lives and works in Brussels. His work today can be seen as part of the minimalist conceptual art movement. He is a trained architect and his visual research investigates the concept of space. He modifies our vision of architectural spaces through the use of framing and marking. His outdoor interventions, exhibitions and publications involve the use of a strict vocabulary of straight lines (via adhesive strips or metal tubes), language (short words) and empty spaces as well as the exclusive use of the colour black: “the colour of thought”. He also employs models, film and photography to complete his oeuvre. He has taken part in numerous international exhibitions since 1969 and an important retrospective exhibition was organised by the Séignan museum in 2014.