Erró is an Icelandic painter born in 1932. He studied plastic arts and mainly painting at the Fine Arts of Reykjavík and Oslo from 1949 to 1952, then mosaic at the Fine Arts of Florence in 1955. In these different schools, he specializes first in the technique of cut paper before devoting himself to the mosaic. He moved to Paris in 1958 and met the artists of the surrealist movement. In a world of comics, Erró meets cartoon figures and historical despots. He constantly gleans visuals from newspapers, advertising, or illustration to create his collages. Cultural samples from all the countries he travels through. In this way, comics and Chinese propaganda can and will be found on the same level.
He creates visual shocks, mixing temporality as well as borders. Seeing a Walt Disney hero alongside a dictator is surprising. His drawings are resolutely committed and tackle political themes head on. To denounce and criticize the events that the artist attacks, he will also play on the field of humor and derision. Totalitarian regimes, consumer society and the war in Iraq will be his main spearhead in his artistic struggle.
Having the habit of working in cycles, his collages will move from one universe to another, creating great gaps and can go from a series on eroticism to a second on the conquest of space. In his work "Méca-Make-Up", Erró will extract faces of mannequins from the press that he will assemble with mechanical materials from cars or cameras.
His works have marked the history of art and are present in museums around the world and serve as references in narrative figuration and collages.
He studied the plastic arts and mainly painting at the Fine Arts of Reykjavík and Oslo from 1949 to 1952, then mosaic at the Fine Arts of Florence in 1955. In these different schools, he specializes first in the technique of cut paper before devoting himself to the mosaic. He moved to Paris in 1958 and met the artists of the surrealist movement.
1988: "Eight Landscapes", Galerie Miroir d'Encre, Brussels. Center d'Art Contemporain, Rouen.
1992 : " Erró Collages 1958-1988 ", Cultural Center of Issoire.
French Pavilion, France in Seville.
1993-1994: Traveling exhibition "Art history - Politics - Science Fiction" hosted in Copenhagen, Pori, Gothenburg, Edinburgh and Reykjavik.
2000 : "Erró, images of the century", Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille.
"Erro, les femmes fatales", Caen Museum of Fine Arts.
Prieural Castle, Monsepron-Libos
Museum of Fine Arts, Charleroi, Belgium
2001 : " E-Mail breakfast ", Sonia Zannettacci Gallery, Geneva
2002 : " Erró, Renault and art ", Espace Renault, Boulogne-Billancourt.
2003 : " Erró, Les Femmes fatales ", Creux de l'enfer, Thiers.
2004 : Museo Nacional de les Belles Arts, Kiev.
Lilian Vermon Center for International Affairs, The Grey Art Gallery, New York University.
Louis Carré Gallery, Paris.
2009: "Erró, The heartbreakers and the little children of Mao", Sonia Zannettacci Gallery, Geneva
2010 : " Erró, fifty years of collage ", Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), Paris. From February 15 to May 24, 2010 ; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole. From October 2, 2010 to January 16, 2011
Erró, Raymond Farbos Contemporary Art Center, Mont-de-Marsan. From May 22 to September 18, 2010
2010-2011 : Erró: Collages / Klippimyndir (1950-2010), Hafnarhús-Reykjavik Art Museum. From September 18, 2010 to August 28, 2011.
2012: "Thirty square paintings for the Carré Gallery", Louis Carré & Cie Gallery, from September 7 to October 20
2013 : Femmes Fatales (1987-1995), Mao's World Tour (1974), Politics, Poland (1982), Scapes (1985). From May 25 to October 6, 2013. L'Aspirateur, Narbonne.
2014 : " Retro-spectif, des mécamorphoses aux chinois, 1959-1979 ", galerie Louis Carré & Cie, from October 17 to November 22
2014-2015: Retrospective Erró at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon.
2015: "Erró. Retour à Saint-Malo", Centre Cristel Éditeur d'Art, Saint-Malo, from May 14 to September 56. 2016 : "50 collages", Louis Carré & Cie Gallery, from September 11 to October 31
2016 : Exhibition at the Folon Foundation in Brussels
2017 : Exhibition Espace Jacques Villeglé in Saint Gratien
2018 : Exhibition " Erró, Svart og hvitt ", galerie Louis Carré & Cie, from September 14 to October 19
2020 : " Erró ", Perrotin gallery, New York, from January 14 to February 15
Officer of the Legion of Honor: he was promoted to Officer in January 20208.
Knight of the Legion of Honor: he was made a knight in July 2010.
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