Ernest Pignon-Ernest was born in Nice in 1942. Since 1966, he has made the street the very place of ephemeral art that exalts its memory, events and myths. He thus foreshadowed a number of artistic experiments soliciting outdoor space, he is considered as the precursor of what is called street-art today.
Some interventions in the cities: Paris, La Commune (1971) Naples, Durban and Soweto (South Africa) Rimbaud Charleville-Paris route, Algiers / Maurice Audin, Santiago / Neruda (Chile) Ramallah / Mahmoud Darwich (Palestine) Lyon, Paris , Prison Saint-Paul Lyon 2012, Parcours Desnos-Louise Lame – Paris 2013, Pasolini (Rome, Naples, Ostia, Matera) 2015, Haiti 2019.
In museums and galleries he exhibits his approach: preparatory drawings and photos (Museum of Modern Art, Paris, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, MAMAC Nice, Neue Pinakothek Munich, Palais des Beaux-Arts Beijing, Venice Biennale, Palais des Papes Avignon, etc.)