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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, ambassador of urban art in France was born in Nice in 1942. He lives in Paris where he spread his art in the streets of the capital.

With charcoal and black chalk, he sketches human-sized figures on posters and then sticks them. He works with ribbed erasers of all sizes, refines shadows and brings realism and depth to his work. Like an owl, he goes out hunting walls in the night in order to create. Discreet and quick are the key words for his nocturnal outings.

Ernest-Pignon Ernest doesn't choose his places coincidentally. Thinking about the space takes up as much time as the final creation. A true instigator, he deciphers the environment in its spatial and symbolic dimension. He needs to be able to capture the entire territory to have an expert hand on it and provide his fictional element afterward. The essence of the place is then portrayed to all.

With Daniel Buren and Gérard Zlotykamien, Ernest-Pignon Ernest is one of the founding fathers of street art in France. Since 30 years, he uses dreams and poetry in alleys and streets, plotting the furrow for those generations of artists that will follow.

He can't help it but he still has some urban art founding principles like the ephemeral. Ernest-Pignon Ernest produces in series  with the help of thin and delicate paper, therefore he goes with the flow of events. The work in streets belong to him and depend on him. The drawings will vanish through time or will be covered.

The artist gives a lot of important to the fact that creation has to be a part of his visual context. His human figures trigger face to face encounters with passers by, they are questioned while being on the street.

During his whole life, the artist defended all kinds of major social issues and became part of these in a political and artistic manner. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the National union of visual artists and the member of the French communism party.

His career and trips made him encounter horrible scenes. Firstly, he was horrified by the apocalypse events which hit Nagasaki and the walls still retain the traces, he sees shadows still impacted by the shock. The AIDS issue in South of Africa not to mention the struggle against Apartheid.

Ernest-Pignon-Ernest manages to capture the beauty and terror of the world, sometimes in the same work. He springs the essence of these two worlds, in order to question and stimulate the conscience, through finesse.

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Fine Art Drawings

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°13, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°13

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 24 cm

$10,937

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°16, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°16

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 24 cm

$15,312

Hugo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Hugo

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 38 x 26 cm

$17,500

Pablo Neruda - Santiago 81, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pablo Neruda - Santiago 81

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

$1,203

Autres jeunes filles, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Autres jeunes filles

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 18.8 x 27 x 1.8 cm

$766

Wagner, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Wagner

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 36 x 40 cm

$19,687

Pasolini - Dans l'infamie des temps, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pasolini - Dans l'infamie des temps

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 102.5 x 69 cm

$2,155

Derrière la vitre 8, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Derrière la vitre 8

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

$766

Pasolini Si je reviens Piazza Mattei, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pasolini Si je reviens Piazza Mattei

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$766

Etude de Fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 26 x 36 x 1 cm

$1,312

Desnos-Nerval 2001, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Desnos-Nerval 2001

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

$1,203

Madone au serpent -  Napoli 90, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Madone au serpent - Napoli 90

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$984

Alger 2003, Parcours Maurice Audin "El Biar", Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Alger 2003, Parcours Maurice Audin "El Biar"

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$766

Véronique et son voile, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Véronique et son voile

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 25 x 48 cm

$8,750

Etude de Fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 26 x 36 x 1 cm

$1,312

Etude de jeune fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de jeune fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 x 1 cm

$1,969

Regards, Rimbaud, étude n°9, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Regards, Rimbaud, étude n°9

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 24 x 22 cm

$19,687

Festival des passeurs d'humanité, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Festival des passeurs d'humanité

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 70 x 50 cm

$459

Etude d'après Marie Madeleine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude d'après Marie Madeleine

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 20 x 95.5 cm

$19,687

Extase, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extase

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 28 x 22 cm

$14,219

Etude pour l'avortement, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour l'avortement

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 65 x 49 x 0.5 cm

$10,391

Arbrorigènes (Les), Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Arbrorigènes (Les)

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$766

Anvers, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Anvers

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 63 x 38 cm

$21,875

Boccaccio / Certaldo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Boccaccio / Certaldo

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 40 cm

$547

Parcours Desnos, Louise Lame, étude 2, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Parcours Desnos, Louise Lame, étude 2

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 45 x 31 cm

$21,875

Etude pour les arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 cm

$14,766

Etude pour les Arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les Arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 cm

$14,766

Etude pour les Arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les Arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 cm

Price upon request

Jean Baudrillard, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Jean Baudrillard

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 29.2 x 29.5 x 0.1 cm

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, ambassador of urban art in France was born in Nice in 1942. He lives in Paris where he spread his art in the streets of the capital.

With charcoal and black chalk, he sketches human-sized figures on posters and then sticks them. He works with ribbed erasers of all sizes, refines shadows and brings realism and depth to his work. Like an owl, he goes out hunting walls in the night in order to create. Discreet and quick are the key words for his nocturnal outings.

Ernest-Pignon Ernest doesn't choose his places coincidentally. Thinking about the space takes up as much time as the final creation. A true instigator, he deciphers the environment in its spatial and symbolic dimension. He needs to be able to capture the entire territory to have an expert hand on it and provide his fictional element afterward. The essence of the place is then portrayed to all.

With Daniel Buren and Gérard Zlotykamien, Ernest-Pignon Ernest is one of the founding fathers of street art in France. Since 30 years, he uses dreams and poetry in alleys and streets, plotting the furrow for those generations of artists that will follow.

He can't help it but he still has some urban art founding principles like the ephemeral. Ernest-Pignon Ernest produces in series  with the help of thin and delicate paper, therefore he goes with the flow of events. The work in streets belong to him and depend on him. The drawings will vanish through time or will be covered.

The artist gives a lot of important to the fact that creation has to be a part of his visual context. His human figures trigger face to face encounters with passers by, they are questioned while being on the street.

During his whole life, the artist defended all kinds of major social issues and became part of these in a political and artistic manner. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the National union of visual artists and the member of the French communism party.

His career and trips made him encounter horrible scenes. Firstly, he was horrified by the apocalypse events which hit Nagasaki and the walls still retain the traces, he sees shadows still impacted by the shock. The AIDS issue in South of Africa not to mention the struggle against Apartheid.

Ernest-Pignon-Ernest manages to capture the beauty and terror of the world, sometimes in the same work. He springs the essence of these two worlds, in order to question and stimulate the conscience, through finesse.

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What is Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Famous Illustrators, Somber Portrait Painters, Classically-Inspired Illustrative Artists, Figurative Street Artists, Detailed Somber Illustrations

When was Ernest Pignon-Ernest born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1942