Eric Roux-Fontaine (France 1966 - )


About

Eric Roux-Fontaine was born in 1966. He lives and works in Lyon.
Eric Roux-Fontaine is a creator of marvelous dreamscapes. Convincingly constructing fictional realms and
alternate realities, he renders the surreal and fantastic by strategically borrowing from conventions of the
familiar.
The artist, like the nineteenth and early twentieth century painters before him, goes on «grand tours» around
the world—particularly Central America, Eastern Europe, and India—for inspiration. During his travels, Roux-
Fontaine has developed a close relationship with the Romani and Borucan communities, who greatly inspire his
works.
In contrast to the bustle and excitement of his travels, Roux-Fontaine paints from a secluded cabin studio located
in the expansive jungle of Central America. He is artistically inspired by historical greats such as Eugene Delacroix
and contemporary painters like Peter Doig and Miquel Barceló. He likens his dreamlike perception to other
forms of creative expressive, such as the literature of Alejo Carpentier and João Guimarães Rosa, the poems of
Tsigane Tajko Djuric, and the films of visionaries like Emir Kusturica, Wim Wenders, and Jim Jarmusch.
He states that he is «on a quest to find the source of where dreams find their imagery.» His unique style falls
somewhere between Rococo and Fauvism, employing a colorful airy quality that, at the same time, is thickly
built up. This allows for the surreal yet grounded visions he produces that are usually reserved for our dreams.
Eric Roux-Fontaine is a multidisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media, predominantly painting, but also,
film/video, photo, and installation. He was born in 1966 in the Savoy region of France. He enrolled at the Fine Art
School of Saint-Etienne at the young age of 17 and graduated Suma Cum Laude 5 years later.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1991, he has enjoyed sellout shows and overwhelming success throughout
Europe. Then in 1995, the Musée des Beaux Arts of the city of Chambéry and the Musée Paul Dini of the
city of Villefranche-sur-Saône acquired works which to date are part of their permanent collections. Today, he
quenches his boundless curiosity and desire to learn through his travels. Roux-Fontaine is a twenty-first century
nomad: a solitary wanderer in a time of group thinking and conformity. The artist invites us to re-evaluate our
idea of what identity actually means.
He wishes us to reinterpret out notion of frontier so as to bring us toward his Nomadic Garden, toward a reenchantment
of the world. His unique perspective to the world and its features, though standalone, offer a
whimsically unifying quality appealing to international collectors, galleries, and institutions alike.

Exhibited by

Work Selection

Eric Roux-Fontaine - Cosmology

Cosmology

Eric Roux-Fontaine - Moon walk

Moon walk