Éric Nado

(Canada 1975 -)


Biography

Born in 1975, Éric Nado lives and works in Montreal. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both philosophy and visual arts from the Université de Montréal (2000, 2003). In 1998, inspired by recycled art and urban exploration, he commences his artistic practice.

His oeuvre can be found in the Contemporary Art Museum Espacio SOLO in Madrid, amongst permanent works, as well as in private collections in Canada, Germany, UAE, and the United States, including those of The Boston Globe and of Swizz Beatz’ The Dean Collection.

Our relationship to our industrial past, the idea of work and our collective memory are the themes that Nado strives to explore in his oeuvre. He is particularly interested in the idea of using parts from objects made in the past to create art in the present, this play with time.

"Typewriter Guns" - - "Mitra-Lettres"
Artist Statement

Olivetti, Underwood and other vintage brands of typewriting machines are transformed into evocative Typewriter Guns by reassembling every piece of the original machines. The series triggers the idea that words are stronger than arms and shape history.

The Typewriter Guns are figurative works made from the deconstruction and reconstruction of typewriters and refers to the undeniable force of words throughout time.

Artist Process

Since 1999, there has always been a common thread to Nado’s work, the storytelling of our collective past through nostalgia-imprinted sculptures and assemblies.

From scraps of industrial machinery, recycled and salvaged from various urban spaces, Éric Nado’s original approach was to create robot-looking figures inspired by the Czech etymology of the word “robota”, literally meaning “forced work”. Around these characters that recall the working class, a visual presentation was set up as an attempt to bring to life and materialize the notion of work. For close to ten years, Nado was successful at humanizing these machine-inspired figures, the Humanonyme Series, and at suggesting an interpretation to the collective fiber they come from and stand for.

Urban exploration and the quest to tell stories of the past through sculpture-assembly has remained an intricate part of the artist’s creative process. From the relics of our past, Nado creates imposing tribute pieces that inspire a sense of nostalgia.

Work Selection

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