Erró gained international recognition as a leader in figurative storytelling and a pioneer of painted collage, which he compared to automatic writing.
Originally close to the Parisian Surrealist circle, he radically renounced his own imaginary representations to make collage the exclusive matrix of his flamboyant work following his discovery of American mass consumer culture during a trip to New York in 1963-64.
His technique consists of painting after preliminary montages of ready-made images such as comics, advertisements, postcards and reproductions of masterpieces, which he meticulously archives around the world to feed his serial work.
Politicians, celebrities, superheroes, aliens and warriors are among the most recurrent motifs in Erró’s often monumental and kaleidoscopic accumulations, in which different civilizations and ideologies clash in a delirious way to better capture the absurdity of our contemporary propaganda, from current events to popular fantasies.
Born in Olafsvik, Iceland, in 1932, Erró studied art in Norway and Italy, and has resided in France, Thailand and the island of Formentera for most of his life. In 1989 he donated a large collection of his work to the Reykjavik Arts Museum, which holds regular exhibitions.
Erró has been exhibited at Hafnarhús Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Etienne, France; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; among other international institutions. His works are in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou; National Gallery of Iceland; Reykjavik City Museum; Fondation Louis Vuitton, etc.