SUN 7 - Little Havana, Cafe A, Paris

SUN 7 /   Jonas Bournat

France 1977

Graffiti, Painting

Jonas Bournat
April 18, 2017
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Jonas Bournat a.k.a. SUN 7 is a French artist, famous for translating calligraphic imagery and techniques from street walls to fine arts. With his unique visual and pictorial language, he is able to question people’s reality, revive memories and make them eternal. The focal point of his art has always been graphics and glyphs, which he represents so cleverly in order to draw viewer’s attention. Throughout his creative process, he has favored raw, spontaneous, and pure energy that leave a special impression, and can be seen in each of his art pieces. He uses different effects such as ejections, casting, fusion, and conflagration to make motifs that evoke certain telluric and geological manifestations.

SUN 7 - Untitled, contact sun7 home english canvas on streetart sunset text in 2015 and 2016
SUN 7 – Untitled, L’Agence, Paris – Photo copyright of the artist

SUN 7’s Life and Influences

SUN 7 was born in Paris in 1977. Since he was a teenager he began to explore graffiti. In the early 1990’s he discovered New York tag culture, took spray cans in his hand, and soon started making graffiti on the walls of Paris, but also moved on to making installations and performances in Lyon, Marseille, and over the sea in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Djakarta. His father’s stroke was a turning point in artist’s career, as he began to immortalize the events of the past. The influences in his artworks come from oriental illuminations, pop art, American writers, Latino tattoos, and action painting, though Arabic calligraphy remains dominant. By combining a mesh of words, and a lace of letters, Jonas makes portraits and self-portraits that create a play of appearances and disappearances.

By combining a mesh of words, and a lace of letters, Jonas makes portraits and self-portraits

SUN 7 français probiere sunset, sun7 terms directory in 2015 and 2016
SUN 7 – Untitled – Photo via

The Style

Bournat is a master in crossing image and word, color and poetry, street and art. The use of canvases, metal plaques, and signs allow his installations and performances to capture the moment of spontaneity and self-expression in the form of live art. SUN 7 is known for applying dense calligraphic forms and shapes, as a sort of typographical gridding that helps him distinguish the gold and chrome portraits, to which he gives a lot of attention. Coded texts and ideograms look so unreal that they introduce the audience to the world of deep interest and mystery. Large ornamental pictorial surfaces leave strong effect that looks as if they are going to spill over the defined lines.

SUN 7 is known for applying dense calligraphic forms and shapes

SUN 7 - Untitled sun7, at the Mine, Dubai
SUN 7 – Untitled, at the Mine, Dubai – Photo copyright of the artist

The Solar Pseudonym

Jonas uses his artistic name SUN 7, which is read in French as sun-sept, a pun for “sunset”. He often includes astral and solar events like volcanic eruptions and ejection of eruptive materials to show processes that occur on the surface of the sun. There is a big similarity between his art and his pseudonym. The decision to turn from street to fine art has opened him the doors of galleries and museums around the world. His pieces have been exhibited at the Grand Palais, Fondation Cartier, Espace Louis Vuitton, and Palais Tokyo in Paris among others.
He is represented by the Galerie Perahia.

The artist lives and works in Paris, France.

Featured image: SUN 7 – Little Havana, Cafe A, Paris – Photo by Revolvr
All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearsExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016SUN 7 Residence at Jardin Rouge, Marrakech, MaroccoSolo
2016NUNCParis, FranceSolo
2016NUNCGrenoble, FranceSolo
2016SKBLyon, FranceSolo
2014Sequences VAOLa Vallee, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2014SolidaysParis, FranceSolo
2014In and Out ShnagART-ADShanghai, ChinaSolo
2014ST ARTStrasbourg, FranceSolo
2013Over ExposedCatherine Ahnell Gallery, NYSolo
2013Solar LoopsPercept Gallery, Lyon, FranceSolo
2011Sunburst (Tales from the light side)Lorenzetti Gallery, Lyon, FranceSolo
2009SUN 7Scritture Silenziose Palazzo Dugnani, Milan, ItalySolo
2007SUN 7Memoire Studio 55 Paris, FranceSolo
2007My StreetsMy City Chiellerie Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2006Deux Jours Deux NuitsParis, FranceSolo
2006Intersections Le BoazBrussel, BelgiumSolo
2005UndercontrolGalerie du Moment Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2005PROCRE8Galerie W, Orleans, FranceSolo
2005Versus Color La KabakLausa, SuisseSolo
2002Nuit BlancheParis, FranceSolo
1999SUN 7Paul Smith boutique, Lyon, FranceSolo
2016French ConnectionCatherine Ahnell Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2015The Beach Beneath The Streets The MineDubai, UAEGroup
2014BOOM La Lune en ParachuteEpinal, FranceGroup
2014TAKE 2Catherine Ahnell Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2010Animal DreamCrystal Room Pacha Marrakech, MoroccoGroup
2010Les Labythinthes de Callygraphie duo show with l'AtlasAvantgarden Gallery, Millan, ItalyGroup
2010C1TY: expo collective en collaboration avec les nuits sonoresMagda Danysz Gallery 18, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010Kiss The City with l’ATLAS, TANC & BABOUSkalitzers Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009VAO & friendsEspace Beaurepaire, Paris, FranceGroup
2009UnknownThe Show Galerie Joseph, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Ecritures SilencieusesEspace Louis Vuitton, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Hour Love with TANC and BabouStudio 55, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Tag au Grand PalaisGrand Palais, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Lay Down the RealityGalerie Moretti et Moretti, Paris, FranceGroup
2008UnknownCUBE Door studio, Paris, FranceGroup
2007CUBE Performance in collaboration with Adidas with L’Atlas, Tanc and Clyde KnowlandShanghai, ChinaGroup
2007Grafology Realisation d’une fresque avec Duster132Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
2007Performance in collaboration with MANGO with Jean Faucheur et L’ATLASPalais de Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
20062 Jours de NuitPlace St Sulpice, Paris, FranceGroup
2006City HeartBabou Galerie Chappe, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Aux Arts CitoyensEspace des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris, FranceGroup
2005UnknownRepublik Art Intervention en milieu urbain, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2004YAZE vs SUN7Toast Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2004UnknownFestivale Arborescene Marseille, FranceGroup