Works and lives
Renaud Artaban lives and works in Paris. After a degree in history, he graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Marseille (2021). Renaud Artaban’s paintings summon childhood spirits and bury them in tar. Desolate landscapes from which emerge irradiated monsters, remnants, burnt-out houses and surviving flowers etched on canvas. The artist combines this violent style with a nostalgia for innocence. Hopscotch, flowers, knights, butterflies, sequins and wolves, both threatening and protective, make their appearance. All this coexists with the muted imminence of danger. The candor of childhood is inhabited by silences heavy with meaning, the brutal unspoken words of adults, and the constant flow of screens that make no distinction between cartoons and the daily horrors of the world faced helplessly by other minors. He exhibited this year at the Studiolo gallery, curated by Rosemarie Auberson and Beatrice Bonino. Renaud Artaban has been shortlisted for the 67th Salon de Montrouge (2023).