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About Eltono

French artist Eltono (1975) worked in Madrid for the last decade, then in Beijing for four years and now lives in southern France. Flâneur, stubborn walker and chronic observer, for years Eltono has used public space as support, studio and inspiration source. His sensitivity to what is happening around him and his knowledge of the nature of the street – its whims and its unpredictability – are his main tools when generating works.

He has worked in the street of more than ninety cities and has shown his works in many world-renowned galleries and museums, including the Tate Modern, the Somerset House, Fundacion Miro and Artium Museum. Over the last fifteen years, the development of Eltono’s work in galleries has focused on finding solutions to address the problems of showing public art in private indoor spaces.


Individual exhibitions:

10/2021: Desperfectos, Set Espai d’Art at Galeria Nueva, Madrid, Spain
07/2021: Serendipity, Hangar 107 Art Center, Rouen, France
06/2019: Fault Lines, Slika Gallery, Lyon, France
04/2018: Funambúls, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
09/2017: Anomalías, SET Espai d’Art, Valencia, Spain
05/2017: Crossroad #3, gallery Doppelgaenger, Bari, Italy
09/2016: Fluctuación, Antonia Puyó Gallery, Zaragoza, Spain
11/2015: Lugares Comunes, Set Espai d’Art, Valencia, Spain
10/2015: Aléas, Delimbo, Seville, Spain
06/2015: Incontrôlables, Instituto Cervantes de Paris, Paris, France
06/2014: Varianti, Ritmo, Catania, Italy
03/2014: Amalgama, Slowtrack, Madrid, Spain
07/2012: Deambular, Artium Museum, Vitoria, Spain
06/2012: 1/1, C-Space gallery, Caochangdi, Beijing, China
03/2012: Duotone, OZ, Amsterdam, N.L..
10/2011: Eredu, SC Gallery, Bilbao, Spain
05/2010: Retícula, Delimbo Gallery, Seville, Spain
04/2009: Residencia Tampiquito, Monterrey, Mexico
01/2009: Coriandoli, Cripta747, Turin, Italy
01/2009: Pubblico, ROJO®artspace, Milan, Italy
09/2008: PLAF – Autonomous Mechanisms, New York, U.S.A.
07/2008: Bermellón, ROJO®artspace, Barcelona, Spain
06/2008: Astillas, La Culpable, Lima, Peru
01/2008: Montagens, Galeria Adesivo, Porto Alegre, Brazil
01/2008: Petits collages, Rojo Art Space, Rosário, Argentina
12/2007: Invertidos, Rojo Art Space, São Paulo, Brazil
10/2007: Eltono at ART, Monterrey, Mexico
11/2006: Eigenkunstruktion, Artitude, Berlin, Germany
01/2006: (x, y, z), Vacío9, Madrid, Spain
10/2002: Complémentaires, Vacío 9, Madrid, Spain

Collective exhibitions (selection):

10/2023 : 1, 2, 3 couleurs, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France
12/2022: Out Of Disorder, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, Italy
09/2022: New Deal, Le Domaine Perdu Gallery, Meyrals, France
09/2022: Beta, Timișoara Architecture Biennial, Romania
04/2022: Espaces Manipulables, Mille Formes Art Center, Clermont-Ferrand, France
10/2021: Glass-Hard, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands
11/2018: Corners of(f) Society, Colab Gallery, Weil am Rhein, Germany
09/2017: La ville et le mouvement, Le Pilori, Niort, France
07/2017: Downshifting, Redline Contemporary Art Center, Denver, U.S.A.
04/2016: Crossing Borders/Crossing Boundaries, S.A.M., Saint Petersburg, Russia
03/2016: Unexpected Territory, Nevven Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
03/2016: Venturing Beyond, Somerset House, London, U.K.
07/2015: Arqueologia Prohibida, Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
07/2015: Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters, 886 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A.
06/2015: II, Mini Gallery, Amsterdam, N.L.
04/2015: Oxymores, Ministry of Culture, Paris, France
01/2015: Mapping The City, Somerset House, London, U.K.
09/2014: Artmossphere Biennial, Moscow, Russia
08/2013: Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary, Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, U.S.A.
06/2013: Fresh Flâneurs, Doppelgaenger Gallery, Bari, Italy
09/2012: Biennale d’Art Contemporain du Havre, Le Havre, France
09/2012: Festival Bien Urbain, Besançon, France
05/2012: Caballo Caballo Tigre Tigre, Beijing, China
04/2012: Esto no es Graffiti, CICUS, Sevilla, Spain
08/2011: Outomatic, M van Museum, Leuven, Belgium
06/2011: Espacios Flexibles, La Quiñonera, Coyoacán, D.F., Mexico
05/2010: Sala de Arte Joven 2.0, Sala de Arte, Madrid, Spain
04/2010: Intervenciones Urbanas Iberoamericanas, CCEBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
04/2010: Postgraffiti, Geometría y Abstracción, MUAU, A Coruña, Spain
03/2010: Entre la Silla y la Madre, Alianza Francesa, Monterrey, Mexico
02/2010: Murals, Fundación Miró, Barcelona, Spain
02/2010: ARCO 2010, Stand Región de Murcia, Madrid, Spain
11/2009: La Cuadrada, Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru
05/2009: Observatori 2009, Valencia, Spain
05/2008: Street Art, Tate Modern Museum, London, U.K.
03/2008: Nomadaz, Scion Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
12/2007: Behind the seen, Ad Hoc Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
07/2007: Planet Prozess, Berlin, Germany
06/2007: Just Another Group Show, Old Shoreditch Station, London. U.K.
05/2007: Tercera muestra de Arte urbano, Alcobendas, Spain
02/2007: Arco’07, Madrid, Spain
01/2007: Privé Och Público, Galleri 54, Göteborg, Sweden
09/2006: Pintura Mutante, Marco Museum, Vigo, Spain
06/2006: RDV Lavapiés, Cruce, Madrid, Spain
02/2006: Kersvers, Post CS, Amsterdam, N.L.
01/2006: 1st Art Biennial Fundation ONCE, Madrid, Spain
03/2005: Urban Edge Show, Milan, Italy
02/2005: Arco’05, Madrid, Spain
06/2004: Interferencias Urbanas, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
09/2003: Ill Communication, Urbis Museum, Manchester, U.K.
06/2003: Photo España 03, Madrid, Spain
09/2002: Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, U.K.
06/2002: Coded Language, Atlanta, U.S.A.
02/2002: Doméstico ’01, Madrid, Spain

Awards :

2017: Ello’s 2017 Creative Excellence Award, 1st prize, U.S.A.
academic prize “MAIF appel à projet 2017” for “À géométrie variable” project, Besançon, France
2017: acquisition prize DKV, Abierto Valencia, Spain


06/2021: Bien Urbain Festival, Besançon, France
FRAC Centre Val de Loire, Orléans, France
Urvanity Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
conference at the French Institute of Valencia, Spain.
05/2016: conference at the Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg, invited by the French Institute of Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
06/2015: conference for the exhibition «Incontrôlables» with Juan Manuel Bonet at the Cervantes institute of Paris, France
01/2015: conference for the exhibition «Mapping the City», Somerset House, London, U.K.
11/2014: conference «Art contemporain / Art pariétal» with Jean Michel Geneste, Pôle International de la Préhistoire, Les Eyzies, France
06/2014: conference for the MNACEP at the Bien Urbain festival, FRAC of Franche Comté, Besançon, France
05/2012: conference for the exhibition «Caballo Caballo Tigre Tigre» at the Cervantes institute of Beijing, China
02/2010: conference for the exhibition «Murals» at the Miro foundation, Barcelona, Spain


Monographic books:

  • Line and Surface, Stickit (N.L.)
  • Puerta Lumbreras – Eltono, documental book about the project, Puerto Lumbreras (Spain)
  • Bar Tom Cruise, Ediciones Rojo (Spain)

Books (selection):

  • Supernew Supergraphics, Unit Editions, London, 2014
  • Ornament & Order: Graffiti, Street Art and the Parergon, Rafael Schacter, Ashgate (U.K.)
  • The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, Rafael Schacter, Yale University Press (U.S.A.)
  • Urban Maps, Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City, Richard Brook and Nick Dunn, Ashgate (U.K.)
  • Geometry Makes me Happy, Index Book (Spain)
  • We Own the Night: The Art of the Underbelly Project, Workhorse and PAC, Rizzoli (U.S.A.)
  • Trespass, Taschen (U.S.A.)
  • Durch die Augen in den Sinn, Galerie Konkret (Germany)
  • Urban Interventions, Personal Projects in Public Spaces, Gestalten (Germany)
  • Space Craft 2, Robert Klanten and Lukas Feireiss, Gestalten (Germany)
  • Arte Emergente en España – Emerging Art in Spain, Manuela Villa, Vaiven (Spain)
  • Abstract Graffiti , Cedar Lewisohn, Merrell Publishers (U.K.)
  • Street Renegade, Francesca Gavin (U.S.A.)
  • The Art of Rebellion II (Germany)
  • Carnet de rue, JR, Free presse (France)
  • Graffiti World, Thames & Hudson (Germany)
  • Street Logos, Thames & Hudson (U.K.)
  • The Art of Rebellion (Germany)