Eric Héliot

Invited to the 2018 Books & Music Festival

Eric Héliot was born in 1959 in Petit Quevilly (Seine-Maritime). He lives in Normandy, in Rouen. After studying Fine Arts in Rouen and Le Havre, he became a cartoonist. He published his first album Les muses at Zenda Editions, a vast fresco gathering all the styles that he would later develop in his painting and illustration work. 

Eric also draws for children. Un ange passe (Nathan) marks the beginning of his activities for children's books. With more than fifty titles already published, Eric Héliot takes his little readers very seriously, whom he considers to be grown-ups, capable like no other of traveling in a book, of taking on every wonderful or unusual detail, to better live in the world once the book is closed.

Faithful to a few authors, Eric Héliot has notably published, in collaboration with Pierre Le Gall, Le cancre et les martiens (Mango) and Mankpa Dpath (Petit à Petit), an initiatory and parodic journey of a child and his cat to the terrifying kingdom of the Carpathians. He also illustrates texts by Italian author Davide Cali, such as Piano, piano (Sarbacane), the story of a little boy forced by his mother to play the piano, or Bernard et moi, the story of two friends unlike any others,Le costume du Père Noël, La vie de Chapeau or La revanche des eggplants.

Eric Héliot is particularly fond of the absurd, which allows him to give free rein to his elegant and offbeat graphics. The series Constance et Miniature (Hachette) with Pierre Le Gall is a perfect illustration. 

Since 2008, he has been collaborating with other authors: Cherchons loup sachant lire (Kaleidoscope) with Elisabeth Duval, Sigismond et les Rapapoux with Christine Naumann-Villemin, Je veux qu'on m'aime with Alain Chiche,Inspecteur Cats (Actes Sud Junior) with Agnès Bihl. For Bayard, he illustrates the famous American series by Ian Ogilvy Mignus Wisard.


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