Philippe Perrin was born in 1964 in La Tronche. His work has been the subject of numerous gallery and museum exhibiions, including his retrospective at the Maison Européene de la Photographie, and at the Fondation Maeght.
Since the late 80s, Philippe Perrin has marked the artistic scene with works where fiction and reality collide, using codes of sporting, police, social, religious or personal violence.
Perrin is an allegorist, if we take the definition of post-modernist critic Craig Owens as one who "lays claim to the culturally significant, poses as its interpreter... If he adds, however, he does so only to replace: the alegorical meaning supplants an antecedent one; it is supplement." According to this allegorical idea, an allegorical artist is one who adds a meaning to an existing object beyond that which is already perceived by his audience. Philippe Perrin reinterpretes his subject, such as unsettling news items entered into the collective conscience or situations connected to contemporary urban violence, or even B-movie film personalities present in the collective imagination, in such a way that he adds his own meaning, supplants the original cultural sign with his own process of branding.
His works have been exhibited by Xin Dong Cheng (Beijing), at the Fondation Maeght (Saint-Paul-en-Vence), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), and at the Venice Biennale and the Havana Biennale.