Jonas Bournat SUN7

Born in 1977 - France


Born in 1977, lives and works in Paris.

Translating calligraphic techniques of street art into fine arts, he creates a unique visual language pushing the margins of contemporary art.
An exploration of graffiti culture as a teenager grew into installation and performance work that soon opened the world's eyes to his art.

When Bournat’s father suffered a stroke, it was a rude awakening for the young artist. This experience marked a distinct turning point in his career, and he began to eternalize memories through his letterforms, questioning who we are at present in connection to our memory. Capturing the impact of spontaneity and self expression as well as the action of live art on canvases allowed him to expose art pieces in galleries around the world.

Jonas ‘Sun7’ Bournat is known for his dense meshwork of calligraphy. A sort of typographical gridding, through which we can distinguish the gold and chrome portraits that are so important to him. Glyphs and graphics have always been at the heart of his artistic style—they are the first elements to catch your attention, and though they are the most evident amongst the artist's work material, they alone are not sufficient to describe his work.

Except for the more obvious references (Apollinaire-like concrete poetry, oriental illuminations, American writers, tattoos, pop art, etc.), Sun7 has always prioritized the spontaneous energy that unfolds pure and raw through his work, leaving a signature in every one of his pieces. Finding a way of expression through the profusion of large ornamental calligraphy, pictorial surfaces always seem on the verge of spilling over to the space reserved for writing. This energy materializes in an even more intense and violent manner through the releases, loops, projections and eruptions that formally compose the background of his pieces. Like scenes from the beginning of the world, his backdrops are far from being simple support for the portraits and calligraphy but are in fact essential for the artist constituting the heart of his artistic quest.

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"Solar Loops", Percept Gallery, Lyon, (France)

"Byrds", Joseph Gallery in self-production, Paris, (France)

"Sunburst (Tales from the light side)", Lorenzetti Gallery, Lyon, (France)

"Animal Dream" groupshow Crystal Room, Pacha Marrakech, (Morocco).
"Les labyrinthes de calligraphie" duo show avec l’Atlas, Avantgarden Art Gallery, Milano, (Italy)
"C1TY", exposition collective en collaboration avec les nuits sonores et Magda Danysz, Gallery 18, Shangaï World Fair, (China)
"Effacer les Traces", exposition avec Gérard Zlotykamien et Jean Faucheur sur la chute du Mur de Berlin, Musée des Invalides, Paris,(France)
"Kiss the City", group show with l’Atlas, Tanc et Babou, Skalitzers Gallery, Berlin, (Germany)

"The Show", exposition collective, Galerie Joseph, Paris, (France)
"VAO & friends", exposition collective, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, (France)
"Scritture Silenziose" Palazzo Dugnani, Milan, (Italy)
"Né dans la rue", Création d’une oeuvre originale de 8 m x 3 m, Fondation Cartier, Paris, (France)
"Ecritures silencieuses", Exposition collective, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, (France)
"Hour Love", Exposition collective avec Tanc et Babou, Studio 55, Paris, (France)
"Tag au Grand Palais" Exposition collective, Grand palais, Paris, (France)

"Lay Down the reality", Exposition collective, Galerie Moretti et Moretti, Paris, (France)
BCUBE, Exposition collective, Door studio, Paris, (France)

"Mémoire", Exposition personnelle, Studio 55, Paris, (France)
"Cube", Performance pour Adidas avec L’Atlas, Tanc et Clyde Knowland. Shangaï, (China)
"Grafology" Réalisation d’une fresque avec Duster132, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (France)
Performance pour MANGO avec Jean Faucheur et L’Atlas, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (France)
"Les artistes cassent la baraque", Place St Sulpice, Paris, (France)
"My Streets, my City", Chiellerie gallery, Amsterdam, (Netherlands)

"Rue au Grand Palais", Grand palais, Paris, (France)
"2 jours de nuit", Exposition collective, Place St Sulpice, Paris, (France)
"City Heart", Exposition en duo avec Babou Galerie Chappe, Paris, (France)
"The contant of my head is visible", Exposition collective avec L’Atlas, Babou, Tanc et Yaze à l’Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, (France)
"Aux armes citoyens", Exposition collective d’art urbain, Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris, (France)

"Undercontral", Galerie du Moment, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
"Procre8", Galerie W, Orléans, (France)
"Section Urbaines", Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris, (France)
"Versus Color", Exposition internationale d’art urbain La Kabak, Lausanne, (Switzerland)

"Yaze vs. SUN7", Exposition et battle performance, Toast Gallery, Paris, (France)
Festival Arborescence, Performance collective d’Akrylonumérik. Marseille, (France)

"Nice Looking", Conception et réalisation d’une fresque de 700m, Raffinerie Total, Feyzin, (France)

Nuit Blanche, Paris, (France)

SUN 7, Exposition personnelle Boutique Paul Smith, Lyon, (France)

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