Eric Roux-Fontaine 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 Summa Cum Laude 5 years later. Since his first solo exhibition in 1991, he has enjoyed sellout shows and overwhelming success throughout Europe. 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. The Museum of the city of Lyon and the Centre de Cultura Contemporania of Barcelona (Barcelona Contemporary Arts Center) both featured his work in 2008. The same year, Spanish private arts foundation Josep Niebla presented his first retrospective. In 2011, he was a guest speaker at the renowned TED event in Lyon. Roux-Fontaine’s work was recently featured at the Rotterdam, Paris, London and Dublin art fairs. His studio is now in Lyon, France but he spends a great deal of time gathering inspiration for his work by traveling internationally.
Roux-Fontaine’s multi-media body of work is largely inspired by his travels throughout Central America, India and Eastern Europe, specifically to Borucan & Romani communities. He is artistically inspired by historical greats such as Eugene Delacroix as well as contemporary painters, such as Peter Doig and Miquel Barceló. Eric Roux-Fontaine likens his dreamlike perception of the world to literature by Alejo Carpentier, João Guimarães Rosa, the poet Tsigane Rajko Djuric and films by visionaries such as Serbian Emir Kusturica, German Wim Wenders and American Jim Jarmusch.