Ernest Pignon-Ernest was born in Nice in 1942. Since 1996, the street has been the setting and subject for ephemeral works of art which echo the historical and current events occurring there. His work, mainly consisting of sketches and photos, has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world including: Museum of Modern Art, Paris, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice, Neue Pinakothek, Munich and National Art Museum, Beijing. For his latest work, Parcours Jean Genet in Brest, he developed his characters with the assistance of some of the dancers from Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Gaëtan Morlotti, Evgueni Slepov and Jean-Claude Nelson.
He regularly works with Jean-Christophe Maillot and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and has designed sets for Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, La Belle, Miniatures, La Songe and Daphnis et Chloé. In 1995 he designed a stage curtain for the Monte Carlo Opera to commemorate the Company’s 10th anniversary.
He has also produced a work inspired by the texts of great Christian mystics in association with the Principal Dancer, Bernice Coppieters. In 2009, this work gave rise to exhibitions in Avignon and Monaco, and a publication with Editions Gallimard.