Pierre Ardouvin is a French artist born in Crest in 1955, who lives and works in Paris. He uses popular cultural references as motifs and collages, recomposing them to explore the society of the spectacle, which is his main theme. He tackles weighty issues, such as social violence, the control society, identity withdrawal, liberalism, and the end of utopias. Despite using humor, his art conveys a sense of pessimism and nostalgia, produced by the illusion created by the entertainment society.
His artworks take various forms, including installations, drawings, collages, and assemblages. He scans, enlarges, and covers the elements with resin or glitter, creating immersive and theatrical environments. Ardouvin has exhibited his works in many international institutions and cultural events, including the Yoko Uhoda gallery (Knokke, Belgium) in 2020, the Praz-Delavallade gallery (Los Angeles, USA) in 2019, the Praz-Delavallade gallery (Paris, France), Topaz Art (New-York, USA), and CCK (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 2018.
In 2022, an exhibition entitled "Prouve que tu existes" (Prove that you exist) was dedicated to him at the contemporary art center le Carré, and he also participated in the collective exhibition "À mains nus" (With Bare Hands) at the MAC/VAL.