Straight out of northern France’s artistic center, Lille, Eroné is an artist from of the collective Mercurocrom, whose roots are attached to the graffiti and street art movement but also cover expositions, illustration and graphic art.
Even if France has a tremendous artistic tradition itself – from Art Nouveau to comic – it has always expressed interest in non-Western arts. So it is not surprising at all that Eroné’s artwork is strongly influenced by the Brazilian urban scene, which incorporates a strong bond with tribal art and mythology, nature and the human condition, but also bringing in the new local trends as pixação like the works of peers Fefé Talavera or Os Gêmeos.
His characters are calmed and unfinished introverts full of details (lines, textures and patterns), featuring stylized body structures with really long arms and legs, delicate hands, and a reduced color scheme. They sometimes interact with birds or nature elements like flowers and branches but are always placed in empty spaces on different surfaces – mainly wood, fabric and scrap paper. Although he usually uses acrylic and ink, he also plays with other techniques, from collage to linoleum and silkscreen or even messes around with found objects.
The evolution of Eroné’s work has gone through different stages: while most of his early work shows the complete figure of characters lost in their thoughts, he will move to a bit more realistic portraits that will look right in the viewer’s eye. He has also experimented with basic but playful geometric shapes to go back again to his shy creatures but this time portraying a really introspective expression, way darker and close to the abstract art, with lots of lines and complicated poses, covering their faces from the outside world.