1st Nov 2021 – 1st Dec 2021
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Born in Nice in 1994, Pierre-Emmanuel ROME starts working on his art at a very young age. As a child, he participates in many artistic workshops with great interest, museum visits and art exhibitions filled his childhood and adolescence. In the year of his bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts, the theme he chose to work on was that of contamination and proliferation in Art.
He developed a graphic process using 3 parallel lines to create a movement of contamination and accumulation in his early paintings. At that time, his idea was also to contaminate society through Art. This period was the foundation of his universe. Now known professionally under the name of BARNABE. In 2013, inspired by popular culture and various references acquired throughout his childhood, he gave life to his character.
His very simplicity allowed him to reach a symbolic dimension. His goal was to create a visual identity through a character who imposes his energy, his life enthusiasm and his spontaneity.
The universe of illegal street art was the first step in the development of BARNABE by invading the urban environment of Nice with his ghost. After settling in Paris in 2015, it was with his idea of contaminating society through art that he began a period of «propaganda» in the form of poster in the French capital. And very soon, BARNABE found himself on the walls of various cities…
Continuing the tradition of pop art, mixing art history and popular culture. BARNABE deconstructed his emblematic characters, as well as images, which had only fortuitously met in real space by creating figures. Often placed at the frontiers of abstraction but freely inspired by our times, his works are a reflection of society. He thus elaborates an infinitely complex narrative and leaves the viewer a freedom of interpretation in each of his paintings.
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