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Erró was born in 1932 in Iceland. 


He is the co-founder of the Narrative Figuration artistic movement in France in the early 1960s.

He studied art from 1949 to 1954 in Reykjavik in Iceland, then in Oslo in Norway and in Florence in Italy.


In 1955, he joined the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy. In 1958 he moved to Paris where he met artists, writers and critics linked to the Surrealist movement: 8Breton, but also Matta, Brauner, Masson, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Miro and Duchamp.


He then discovered America’s culture of mass consumption during a trip to New York in 1963–1964. His technique is to paint rearranged ready-made images taken from comic books, advertisements, postcards and art reproductions from around the world, which he meticulously archives to nurture his series work. 

Successfully fusing collage and painting, he curates and arranges iconic elements found in the press, advertising, comics, cinema, political propaganda and manipulates them to form compositions where humour competes with anguish.


Politicians, celebrities, superheroes, aliens and warriors are among the most recurring motifs in Erró’s kaleidoscopic and often monumental accumulations.


Erró asserts himself as a great satirical iconoclast. Obsessed with all his characters, he portrays modern anti-heroes.