Eric Roux-Fontaine

(France 1966 -)


Biography

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.

Exhibition

Solo shows
2015 Jardins secrets - Galerie Axelle - New York/USA
2014 Outbound - Galerie Felli - Paris/France
2013 Lunar Park - Galerie Axelle - Boston/USA
2012 Galerie Felli - Paris
2011 Eden - Galerie Le Soleil sur la place - Lyon (Mars
- Avril)
2010 Festina lente - Galerie Felli - Paris - France
2009 Bahra - Galerie Le Soleil sur la place - Lyon
2008 Rétrospective - Fondation Josep Niebla - Gironne
- Espagne
Ivre de la jungle Galerie Felli - Paris
Elvis has left America- Septembre de la photographie
- Lyon
Rromano than - La Roseraie - Bruxelles - Belgique
2007 Galerie le Phenix - Bruxelles
2003 Sind - Galerie Olivier Houg
2002 Jardin Nomade - Rez d’Art Contemporain - Ville
de Meyzieux
2001 Wispering in paradise - Bridge Gal. Dublin - Ireland
1999 Galerie Olivier Houg - Acquisition Musée Paul
Dini
1998 «Terrains et territoires» Maison de l’Image et
du son - Villeurbanne
1995 “Voyage au centre d’un musée“ Musée des
beaux-arts de Chambéry
1991 Mundo Nuevo - Galerie Metropolis
poraine - Barcelone - Espagned’Oyonnax
2000 Big Torino - Biennale - Italie • Centre d’art
d’Oyonnax - France • Bridge Gallery Dublin - Ireland
1998 «Terrains et territoires» Maison de l’Image et
du son - Villeurbanne
Group shows
2015 Waltman Ortega Fine Art - Miami/USA
2014 MIA Art fair - BDG Gallery - Red Dot - Axelle
Galerie - USA
2011 Ponts - Palais des Papes - Avignon
2010 Slick 2010 - Paris
St Art Strasbourg 2010 - Art Contemporain
Le Pont - Palais des Papes - Avignon
2008 Le territoire et ses limites, commissaire : Alain
Fleischer • Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Musée Paul Dini - Irréel
Itinérances • La Roseraie Belgique • Rromano than -
Liberchie - Belgique
Frontières - Lille • Septembre de la photographie - Lyon
2007 Galerie Felli - Paris • Musée Paul Dini - Villefranche
• FRONTERAS - CCCB - Musée des cultures
contemporaine - Barcelone - Espagne
2006 «FRONTIÈRES» Museum, Lyon, France
Group shows
2015 Waltman Ortega Fine Art - Miami/USA
2014 MIA Art fair - BDG Gallery - Red Dot - Axelle
Galerie - USA
2011 Ponts - Palais des Papes - Avignon
2010 Slick 2010 - Paris
St Art Strasbourg 2010 - Art Contemporain
Le Pont - Palais des Papes - Avignon
2008 Le territoire et ses limites, commissaire : Alain
Fleischer • Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Musée Paul Dini - Irréel
Itinérances • La Roseraie Belgique • Rromano than -
Liberchie - Belgique
Frontières - Lille • Septembre de la photographie - Lyon
2007 Galerie Felli - Paris • Musée Paul Dini - Villefranche
• FRONTERAS - CCCB - Musée des cultures
contemporaine - Barcelone - Espagne
2006 «FRONTIÈRES» Museum, Lyon, France
Galerie le Phenix - Bruxelles, Belgique

Work Selection

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Moon walk

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Cosmology