Art lovers and investors will have the opportunity to view and purchase the artist’s bespoke pieces from his first solo exhibition ‘Broken Mosaic’ from the 11th May – 5th July at Foundry by EMAAR

Dubai, UAE: In collaboration with ArtTime (the gallery who previously brought the work of renowned expressionist and street artist JonOne and contemporary art star Babolex to the region), BARNABE’s ‘Broken Mosaic’ exhibition will debut at Foundry in Downtown Dubai on Boulevard Crescent, on the 11th May and will run until July 5th.

Already renowned as something of a phenomenon in the urban pop art world, the visual artist known professionally as BARNABE is well on his way to achieving cult-like levels of adoration amongst art lovers, exhibition curators and both amateur and professional collectors.

Having exhibited his critically acclaimed work all over the world – from Paris, Nice and St Tropez to Los Angeles, Singapore and West Africa – the rising star of the vibrant urban pop art movement will debut his much-coveted pieces at Foundry by EMAAR in a solo exhibition hosted by ArtTime next month.

Born in Nice in 1994, it was clear from an early age that Pierre-Emmanuel Rome (as he was then known), was a natural creative. It was while studying for his Bachelor’s degree that his passion for contemporary graphic art really began to develop though, as did a fascination with exploring the way in which art can challenge and subvert society while simultaneously enriching it.

In 2013 the creation of the symbolic character of BARNABE, whose yellow circular form functions as the visual embodiment of the artists own energy, spontaneity and belief in the joy that can be found in the everyday, proved a pivotal point in his career. Today BARNABE fuses elements of his street-style background with a more traditional means of execution; while he works primarily on canvas, he uses aerosol sprays, acrylic paints and deep black acrylic ink (tools typically associated with graffiti and street art) to do so.

Featuring paintings created specifically for the show as well as a selection of original sculptures and collection of small canvases, his solo exhibition ‘Broken Mosaic’ sets out to explore the colour palette of the night and its mystical, hidden qualities, while at the same time calling into question our perception of night as a time devoid of colour and activity.

Not only will the exhibition give existing fans the chance to experience BARNABE’s work first hand, ‘Broken Mosaic’ offers a fantastic opportunity for collectors – both new and well established – to purchase pieces of art that are destined to come to financial fruition in the years that follow.

BARNABE’s ‘Broken Mosaic’ will launch on May 11th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Shop3, Foundry by EMAAR, Boulevard Crescent and will run until July 5th.


Born in Nice in 1994, Pierre-Emmanuel Rome, is the rising star of Pop and Urban art. He started his artistic journey at a very young age. As a child, he participated in many artistic workshops with great interest, and museum visits and art exhibitions filled his childhood and adolescence. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts, Pierre-Emanuel is now known professionally under the name of BARNABE. Inspired by popular culture and various references acquired throughout his childhood, he gave life to his professional journey in 2013 with the goal to create a visual identity through a character who imposes his energy, his life enthusiasm and his spontaneity. Often placed at the frontiers of abstraction but freely inspired by our times, his works are a reflection of society. BARNABE, elaborates an infinitely complex narrative and leaves the viewer a freedom of interpretation in each of his paintings. Pierre-Emmanuel Rome has inspired many with his numerous exhibitions in some of the most artistic and trendy cities around the world such as Monaco, Singapore, Los Angeles, Nice, Paris, Saint Tropez and more.

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