Yann Legendre was born in France in 1972, where he was raised by a supremely accomplished cook (his mother) and an acclaimed architect (his father). He was exposed, at a very young age, to progressive ideas and a steady parade of some of France’s most well known artists and designers, who came to visit his parents. His grandfather, a book printer and binder, taught him important lessons of craftsmanship: the value of materials, surfaces, fit and finish.
Yann’s decision to focus on illustration and poster was a direct result of the intersection of these strong influences and inspirations. Travel became an important—and conscious—part of his development as a metaphorical thinker and communicator. Between 2001 and 2004, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, including trips to New York, California, the Arizona desert, and Chicago, where he eventually settled in 2005.
Today, Yann works fluidly between Chicago and Paris as an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director. His illustrations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, GQ, Creative Review, Stylist Magazine… He is the art director of the french publisher Inculte, designing each book cover and every illustrated book series. He regular creates illustrations for Universal Music in London, the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Janus Films and the Criterion Collection in New York. In 2011, CB2 (Crate&Barrel) commissioned him to illustrate a new collection of home furniture called « Fresh Ink ». In 2010 he started a collaboration with the american film maker Joe Swanberg, designing and illustrating all of the directors movie posters and from the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Yann received the « Award of Excellence for the Best Movie Poster Design ».

 

> distinctions

· Gold Pencil / One Show, catégorie Design, New York / États-Unis / 2013
· Bronze Pencil / One Show, catégorie Design, New York / États-Unis / 2013
· Gold Medal / The 3•3 Professional Show, New York / États-Unis / 2013
· Bronze award / LIA (London International Awards) / Angleterre / 2013
· Award at the D&AD Professional Awards, Londres / Angleterre / 2013
· Award of Excellence, Best Movie Poster / SXSW Film Festival, Austin / États-Unis / 2010
· Award, The Best of Newspaper Design / Society for News Design / États-Unis / 2009
· Award, The Best of Illustration / Society for News Design / États-Unis / 2009
· Honorary Mention / The 10th International Poster Biennial in Mexico / 2008
· Award, « Excellent Work » / Art Design Institute of China / Chine / 2008
· Gold Winner / Graphis Poster 08/09 / États-Unis / 2008
· « Les Plus Beaux Livres français » / Paris / France / 2008
· Award, « 50 books/50 covers » / AIGA, New York / États-Unis / 2005

 

> bibliography

· Couture confessions / Rizzoli / États-Unis / 2016
· Couture confessions / Éditions Flammarion / France / 2016
· Grimm. Contes choisis / Éditions Textuel / France / 2014
· Grimm’s Fairy Tales / Rockport Publishers / États-Unis / 2014
· Illustrators 56, Annual Book / Society of Illustrators / États-Unis / 2014
· Illustration Now! 5 / Taschen / 2014
· 3×3 Annual Book #10 / 3×3 Magazine / États-Unis / 2014
· Flesh Empire / Inculte / France / 2013
· New Masters Of Poster Design, John Foster / Rockport Publishers / États-Unis / 2011
· Dirty Fingernails, John Foster / Rockport Publishers / États-Unis / 2009
· The Best of Newspaper Design / Society for News Design / États-Unis / 2009
· 1 000 Indie Posters, John Foster / Rockport Publishers / États-Unis / 2008
· Best Vision Of Visual Art / DPI Magazine / Taiwan / 2007

 

> exhibitions

USA

· The Colorado International Invitation Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins / 2017
· Women’s Rights are Human Rights / MassArt / Boston / 2016
· Presenting Shakespeare / Art Director’s Club Gallery, New York / 2016
· The Colorado International Invitation Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins / 2015
· Illustrators 56 / Society of Illustrators, New York / 2014
· Flesh Empire Exhibition, Nakatomi Gallery, Austin / 2013
· The Colorado International Invitation Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins / 2012
· 53rd Annual Design Exhibition / Communication Arts / 2011
· Yann Legendre / Posters, Gallery Di Aurora, Merchandise Mart, Chicago / 2011
· The Colorado International Invitation Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins / 2010
· The 1st Chicago International Poster Biennial, Jury exhibition / 2007
· The Urban Forest Project in Time Square, New York / 2006
· 50 books/50 covers / AIGA Gallery, New York / 2005

 

EUROPE

· Shakespeare à la folie / Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée / Belgium / 2016
· Yann Legendre, un Français à Chicago / Échirolles / France / 2014
· Graphisme & création contemporaine / BnF, Paris / France / 2010
· The 1st International Invitation Poster Biennial, Istanbul / Turquie / 2010
· The 6th International Triennial of Stage Poster, Sofia / Bulgarie / 2010
· Theater Poster Biennial in Rzeszow / Pologne / 2010, 2008
· International Poster Biennial in Warsaw / Pologne / 2010, 2008
· The 17th Trnava Poster Triennial (TPT) / Slovaquie / 2009
· The 17th International Lahti Poster Biennial / Finlande / 2009
· Graphisme en France / BnF, Paris / France / 2008
· Les Plus Beaux Livres français / Galerie Anatome, Paris / France / 2006

 

ASIA

· 1+( )-Global Network / The Seoul Illustration Fair / South Korea / 2016
· World Expo 2010 / The Bridge 8, Shanghai / Chine / 2010
· The 9th International Poster Triennial in Toyama / Japon / 2009
· The 4th China International Poster Biennial, Hangzhou / Chine / 2008
· Inequality Matters / Central Academy of Fine Art of Beijing / Chine / 2005

 

SOUTH AMERICA

· The 11th International Poster Biennial of Mexico / Mexique / 2010
· The 3rd International Biennial of Poster, La Paz / Bolivie / 2009
· Exhibition « Hommage to Shigeo Fukuda », La Paz / Bolivie / 2009