Eric Bathory Delajoux

Eric Bathory Delajoux is a visual artist based in Paris. He lived in New York for 2 years in 1987. He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for educational exchange for the Painting Department at the Parsons School of Design of New York.

Eric was born on March 12th, 1965 in Puteaux. He did first sign his paintings under the pseudonym “Vega”, both for the galactic connotation of it and also after he crossed the United States via Las Vegas in a 1981 Pontiac Firebird, in “drive-away” from New York to San Francisco.

Then he began signing his paintings “Eric Bathory”: he was very much inspired by gothic novels. Bator in hungarian means courage. At the age of 7 Eric saw a screening of the film “Fearless Vampire Killers” by Roman Polanski, screened at the birthday party of a friend. Also in 1985 he drew the logo of his cousin Antoine Caro’s indie radio show “Batman and Robin”.

When he was asked, for the catalog’ interview of a show, what he would like to have ingraved on his grave stone, he said “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” that is “Art Is Long, Life is Short”. In greek : “Ho bios brakhus e de tekhné makré”.

Also his first inspiration, after the green eye in the triangle of Voice, Lux and Rhyme, is a psych’ wall of sound of vinylic 60’s tunes on his turn-table.

Eric’s studio works on display at: Instagram


  • 1971-79 Active member of l’Assartx, drawing and painting workshop. La Celle-Saint-Cloud
  • 1972-80… Swimming backstroke
  • 1974-1979 Middle school Collège de Passy-Buzenval, Rueil-Malmaison
  • 1978 Third quarter of the 8th grade at St. Goar high school, Germany
  • 1980-81 High school Lycée experimental de Sèvres. Graphics
  • 1981-82 Plastic Initiation Certificate. School of Fine-Arts, Epinal
  • 1983-84 Medical illustrations, Bruneau Laboratory, Paris, and Dr Schneck, Paris
  • 1985 Creative department trainee, Doyle, Dane & Bernbach advertisement agency, Rue du Bac, Paris
  • 1985 Diploma at the DNSEP School of Fine-Arts, Epinal, communication department, graphic option, very high honours
  • 1985 Stage designer trainee. Belgium National Theater. Bruxelles. “Wild Honeymoon” by Anton Chekhov
  • 1986 Franco-American Fulbright scholarship grantee
  • 1986-88 Parsons School of Design, New York, USA. Master of Fine Arts in Painting
  • 1989-91 circa, Mural fresco about 25 m long for Dominique Schneider, at “La Paressouso”, Saint Tropez
  • 1989 Figurative diptych oil on canvas of about 2,50 x 4,20 m for Françoise Mauvernay, “le Pavillon”, Plailly
  • 1989-92 Ancient Wash-studio, 24 rue Germain Pilon, Les Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris
  • 1991 X-mas Candy Show. La Vache Multicolore Gallery. Paris. Thanks to Héléna Villovitch, Georges Sympa, Frederique Beaufreton, and among others Reine Lulle, Philippe Berson
  • 1991 Painted Tiger on top/roof of a “fintail” 1966 Mercedes
  • 1991-2004, 2015-16… English boxing at Rodriguez, Dauvin Stadium, Paris
  • 1992 Tattoo, painted ceiling on canvas. Kisbuda Gyöngye. Budapest, Hungary. Thans to Kitty B Shake, Zimsky
  • 1992-93 Studio Bomb Factory, Rue de la Cour des Noues, Gambetta. Paris
  • 1993 St Georges and the Dragon, and St Hubert’s deer with Jean-Paul Chambas. Oberhof, Austria
  • 1993 Tableaux vivants/living paintings, 13th Arrondissement, Paris. Thanks to Rebecca and Frank Williams, Kim Ohio, Jeremy Piolat, Héléna Villovitch, Poppée and Lorelei, Kitty B Shake, Isis Dhomme
  • 1993 Neptune, oil on wood, 180 cm diameter. And Mermaid on an engulfed plane wing. Porto Rotondo, Sardinia
  • 1994 Portrait of Paola Marzotto and Beatrice Borromeo, 146 x 97 cm
  • 1995 Carrousel-o-Rama, l’Agora. Paris
  • 1996 Painting of The Fall of Lucifer. Thanks to Raphaëlle Primet and Philippe Berson
  • 1996 Concert of The Cramps at Elysee Montmartre. Here he meetw Ivy and Lux backstage after their show and offers to paint their portrait with oil on canvas
  • 1996-97 Studio Foundry Bastille, passage des Taillandiers, Paris
  • 1997 Acteon Punished, Foundry Bastille. Paris
  • 1998-2008 Textile graphism with Donatus Venetian Fabrics. 2000: creation of skin fabrics Donatus/English porcelain skin and ‘Lux vincit tenebras’ for John Galliano – Dior, Rue François, 1st Arrondissement, Paris
  • 1999 Brighton Fringe Festival, S.P.O.R./Spiral Tribes. U.K.
  • 2001 Coincidentia Oppositorum. Installation Painting 180 x 450 cm with lightboxes. W.E.A. Gallery, Raffinerie Sarde SARAS, Spazio San Carpoforo, Milan, Italy. Collection Gael and Olivier Camu, London
  • 2002 Plasma X-tender, in collaboration with Generation Chaos, Agnès B., Rue Dieu. Paris
  • 2002 Ssshiverss Down my Spine, in collaboration with avec Alexandre Lescot. Paris -London
  • 2003 Subject is only a detail. Gstaad, Switzerland.
  • 2003 Eric Delajoux contacts Jean Todt who was then the president of Ferrari. He then makes the suggestion to change the red of the Ferrari following his experiments of oil colour recipes with pigmented translucent glazes involving vermilion and garance/crimson lake. He has an appointment at the company headquarters in Maranello with the engineer responsible for image and car body. That day the mist hovered on the test track of the red engines stable.
    After a few exchanges, the project will not succeed. The formula can be observed on several of his paintings.
  • 2005 Space Oddity. Snow Red and the Technicolor, painting Albator 180 x 480 cm, Il Centrale, Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy
  • 2008 Pearls and Fragments, Bui Gallery. Rue St Maur. Paris
  • 2009 Shock your friends, Bui Gallery. Place de Furstemberg. Paris
  • 2010-16 B&W series and sequel of the blue and red series
  • 2013 Two Guns paintings in the charity auction sale for The Heart Fund. Bristol hotel. Paris
  • 2016 Composition of a figurative freeze like shadow figures, 50 m long on 1.60 m high for the attic of a haunted castle in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the “Franklin Castle”
  • 2016 Drawing exhibition. Planète Mars. Paris
  • 2018 Painting exhibition, Gaudeamus, Paris
  • 2020 Abstract expressionist serial, “Fast Custom on Wheels”, 6 canvas frames of 130 x 195 cm, Paris
  • 2021 Shakespearian & figurativ serial, Paris
  • 2022-23 Paintings for Venice, ‘Il Leone’ portrait 116 x 89 cm… and more pigments


Catalogues : W.E.A Gallery Milan, Bui Gallery Paris…

Press articles: Nova, Technikart, Vogue Uomo (2006: 6-pages article by Fabia di Drusco, photos Georg Stipek Michienzi), N.Y. Arts, …

Oil paintings on canvas by e.B.D. From around the 1st and 2nd decade of the 22nd century