Erró is an Icelandic artist who gained international recognition as a leader of narrative figuration. This movement is a French equivalent of the pop art that emerged in the United States in the early 1960s. Erró also pioneered painted collage, which he compared to automatic writing.

In 1958, Erró moved to Paris, where he met writers, artists and art critics linked to the Surrealist movement: Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Victor Brauner, André Masson, Roberto Matta and Joan Miró. Erró thus renounced his imaginary representations to make collage the exclusive matrix of his work.

In the 1960s, the artist discovered the culture of mass consumption in America during his stay in New York. Erró’s technique consisted in painting only after having assembled “ready-made” images taken from advertisements, comic books, reproductions of works of art or postcards that he meticulously selected.

Celebrities, superheroes, politicians, aliens and warriors are the characters most present in his works. Erró confronts different civilizations and ideologies in his creations, a delirious joy emerges from his paintings.

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