ERRO is an Icelandic artist, whose real name Gudmundur Gudmunson, born July 19 to Ólafsvík 1932.He arrived in Paris in 1958, after art and mosaic studies. It will become one of the major figures of narrative figuration.
During his travels around the world, Erró collect images (advertisements, news photos, cartoons, posters, policy papers) that are his source of inspiration. It selects, assembles, accumulates at his pleasure – always with humor, sometimes with anguish and violence – on the canvas to form tables are all reading that view. Painting is a place of experimentation, where it can do the old with the new. It is the private form of utopia, the pleasure of contradicting the happiness of being alone against all, the joy of cause. It reveals and denounces the aberrations of our society: consumer directed erotic mercantile revolutions, existence Americanization …
In some of his compositions, he cleverly inserts characters from paintings by Ingres, Delacroix, Léger and Picasso, which was found coexisting with movie stars, politicians or comics heroes.
He often works in series : Chinese cycles , political, erotic . I need efficient equipment and , during my travels, I searched everywhere in discount stores books in kiosks . I accumulate a huge amount of material , and when I met a lot of images relating to a theme, it’s a sign to start a series. The process then is to select images , in the ” married ” together to make collages and paintings .
In June 2001, the Erró Collection of the Museum of the City of Reykjavík is presented to the public in its new framework Hafnbarhúsid in favor of a major retrospective.
Numerous exhibitions devoted to his work both in France and abroad.
Several retrospective was dedicated to him in 1985 at the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris and in 1999 at the National Gallery Jeu de Paume. In 2005, the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palma de Mallorca and the Mannheimer Kunstverein present a retrospective exhibition (1958- 2004) and the IVAM in Valencia and Alcalá 31 in Madrid in 2006.