Born in 1974, Antoine Rameau is a French artist raised between the green vineyards of Burgundy and the legendary blue seas of Brittany. Having lived in Paris, Toulouse, New York and Glasgow, Rameau travelled the world, exploring cultures, drawing, taking photos and nurturing his passion for wildlife, human nature, storytelling, mythology and history. He first arrived at South-East Asia in 1997 (before heading to the Silk Road) and has been living in Hong Kong, with his family, since 2010.
Inspired by an eclectic range of sources including comics, Pop Art, Street Art and the Recycled Art movement, Rameau started experimenting with collage early on. He explored different techniques, from Surrealist juxtaposition to Cubist construction, and slowly developed his unique style while collecting evocative images of mixed origins (namely Western and Asian) and turning them into oneiric new visual worlds. Each collage tells an elaborate story filled with multiple symbols, historical and mythological references, and often satirical messages, which viewers can interpret based on their own experiences.
His works are fully hand-made: all pictures and papers are cut, transformed, sometimes even painted, and glued together through a complex and meticulous “recycling” process. Rameau loves the idea of “giving photos a true second-life” by being part of a new visual creation. “Sometimes, pictures that I mixed have absolutely nothing in common but I amazingly feel they were meant to be assembled together”, he says.
A lush representation of nature played a key role in his early fantastic works, where trees, flowers, rocks and wild animals took center stage. In sharp contrast with these idealized scenes of nature, the artefacts of technology and standardization embodied an invasive and sometimes threatening modernity.
Du 08 Avril au 29 Mai 2020, de 14:00 à 18:45
La Galerie - Paris 1839
74 Hollywood Road Hong kong