Erró (born Guðmundur Guðmundsson in 1932 in Ólafsvík, Iceland) is a postmodern artist. He studied art in Norway and in Italy, and has resided in Paris, Thailand and on the island of Formentera for most of his life.
Admitted to the school of the fine arts of Reykjavík in September 1949, it obtains the diploma of professor of art in the spring 1951. In 1952, it goes in Norway where it studies the engraving, the fresco and the paint to the academy to Oslo. His first personal exposition takes place in 1955 to Florence, galleria Santa Trinità. In 1958, it sets up himself to Paris where his work is revealed in the framework of the narrative Extras.
During its trips through the entire world, Erró collects pictures (advertisings, current photos, comic strips, post, political documents) that are his inspiration source. It chooses them, the assembly, the accumulates according to his good pleasure – always with humor, sometimes with anguish and violence – on the canvass to form pictures that are as much to read that to see. The paint is an experimentation place, where it can do the old one with of the nine. She is the private form of utopia, the pleasure to contradict, the happiness to be alone against all, the joy to provoke. It reveals and denounces the aberrations of our corporation: directed consumption, eroticism mercantile, revolutions, existence Americanization…
In certain of its compositions, it skillfully inserts personages of canvass of Ingres, Delacroix, Light or Picasso, which these rediscover themselves cohabitating with stars of the movie, politicians or heroes of comic strips. Often, it works by series: cycles More chinese, more political, more erotic. In June 2001, the Collection Erró of the museum of the City of Reykjavík is presented to the public in his new framework to Hafnbarhúsid to the favor of a big retrospective one. Of very numerous expositions are devoted to his work so in France that abroad. Several retrospective ones were dedicated for him: in 1985 to the museum of modern art of the City of Paris and in 1999 to the national gallery of the Game of Palm. In 2005, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Caliper of Majorca as well as the Mannheimer Kunstverein present a retrospective exposition (1958- 2004) then the IVAM to Valence and the Alcalá 31 to Madrid in 2006. It there denounces again and always the aberrations of our corporation: directed consumption, eroticism mercantile, revolutions, existence Americanization.
In 1989 he donated a large collection of his works to the Reykjavik Arts Museum, which has put part of it on permanent display and opened a website where the whole collection can be visited.
"Talking about the events day-to-day, I try to indicate a moment, of a state fugitive of the corporation, before the facts do not disappear by collective amnesia. The narrative extras, to my eyes, must proceed by picture galaxies, without moral or political judgement. Sometimes, the craving is strong to compose from ample spaces, stuffed with information, where there would be even an entire city… The paint is a trip type through the forms, the spaces, the styles, and not the defense of a precise territory." Matter collect to Paris, in 2000