Remed /   Alby Guillaume

France 1978

Street Art, Graffiti, Murals

Alby Guillaume
June 4, 2016
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There isn’t some kind of special motivation for making art. Instead, the drive to create is present within each and every one of us. It’s only a matter of choice if we follow it. Alby Guillaume aka Remed is a French artist who plunged himself into the world of art without any kind of formal training, but that didn’t limit him in any way. Characterizing his work as mix between mathematics and soul, he seeks precision and always listens his gut feeling. Simplifying things is one way to make them universal. Sometimes the artist succeeds, sometimes not, but all the pieces possess a level of sincerity that makes them appealing to the viewers. Well, their imposing visual qualities also help in a great deal.

Remed - Akundali, 2014 (Left) - Hamsa O Ana, 2014 (Center) - Vesica Vuelo, 2015 (Right)
Remed – Akundali, 2014 (Left) / Hamsa O Ana, 2014 (Center) / Vesica Vuelo, 2015 (Right)

Revitalizing the Styles

Influenced by Picasso, Léger, Matisse, Modigliani, Miró, but also Typography, Asian Calligraphy and Art Brut, Remed creates pieces that are colorfully challenging and yet accurate, without being overwhelming. He takes styles well past their due date, and revitalizes them, making them contemporary and giving them a feeling of freshness. The idea behind his work is for people to be able to recognize themselves in his art, that’s why he’s trying to make his pieces as universal as possible. Life itself is where the most of the inspiration comes from. By using what he feels, what he lives through, the artist is telling his story, hoping that the viewers will recognize some of their own life cycles within his ones.

The artist is trying to make his pieces as universal as possible

Remed - Sol Y Luna (Left) - Mr. Irony aka Rainboner (Center) - Venus (Right)
Remed – Sol Y Luna (Left) / Mr. Irony aka Rainboner (Center) / Venus (Right)

Events That Shaped Remed’s Life

There are three events that shaped his career, and life, consequently. He was really moved when he saw a book about Modigliani; the second one happened in Tourcoing in northern France, while Remed was living and studying in Lille. He entered the house of Madjoub Ben Bella, a wondrous honest abstract calligraphy artist and was amazed with the artworks. A few years later, Guillaume invited Nadjib Ben Bella, Madjoub’s son, to come with him to Marrakesh. There, while chatting about life, as Nadjib reminded him that his father is an artist, Remed understood it’s also possible for him to become one. The third and the one that probably cemented his decision to be an artist happened in Marrakesh when his friend asked him what he wants to do in his life. He discovered painting at the age of 17 in an atelier of his home town, Lille, where he enjoyed the privacy and quietness of the studio. But, over time, the need to surpass the limitations of a canvas and framework, so we roamed into the streets where he feels most comfortable. Despite of the shift of focus towards writing graffiti and creating large-scale murals, Remed continues to paint as well.

Even though his focus has shifted towards graffiti and murals, the artist continues to paint as well

Remed - Hombre Sentado Con Pie Inchado Y Muleta (Left) - L'Homme Eau Trois Soleis (Right)
Remed – Hombre Sentado Con Pie Inchado Y Muleta (Left) / L’Homme Eau Trois Soleis (Right)

Writing a Visual Diary

Color, shape, and sound are rhymed to express emotions, feelings, the constant evolution of thoughts. Creating art for Remed is similar to writing a diary, an honest blend of soul and science, with accuracy, logic, transmutations and rhythm being of equal importance for the both fields. ‘’I live what I feel, I paint what I live.’’ And that’s why, in these days where everything can be sold and much revolves around marketing and money, Remed hasn’t forgotten why he paints.

He is represented by Adda Gallery and David Bloch Gallery.

Remed lives and works in Madrid.

Featured image: Remed – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist


YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Essence - Songe & Mémoire PrimaireDavid Bloch Gallery, MarrakechSolo
2014Festival of SpainLondonGroup
2014Between and see, the ink is the voice (Installation)French Institute of Lisboa, FranceSolo
2013EpiphysmDavid Bloch Gallery, Casablanca, MoroccoSolo
2013The Illustrators ShowKalashinkovv Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2013BIACBiennale of Contemporary Art, Martinique Island, CaraïbesGroup
2013Workshop with studentNATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART. Chicago. USAGroup
2012I ART JOBURGJohannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2012ESTO NO ES GRAFFITIDelimbo Gallery, Sevilla, SpainGroup
2012Contre-CourantDavid Bloch Gallery, MarrakechGroup
2012Conception & realisation of 2 muralsJoburg. SOUTH AFRICASolo
2012Conception & realisation of 6×9m muralSevilla. SPAINSolo
2012The I ART JOBURG x IgersJoziArea3 Gallery, Johanesburg, SAGroup
2012FOR A BETTER FUTUR. (Commission)Vijcnica Bibliotheka, Sarajevo, BOSNIAGroup
2011De Dentro e De ForaMASP Museum in San Paolo, BrazilGroup
2011WallflowersCarhartt Gallery, Weil am RheinGroup
2011Conception & realisation of 20×10m muralLodz. POLANDSolo
2011Conception & realisation of 16×9m muralLeon. SPAINSolo
2011Cosmic BalanceCarharrt Gallery, Weil am Rhein, GERMANYGroup
2011CommissionCHILDREN ART MUSEUM. New York, USA.Group
2011URBAN FORMS Muralism festivalLodz, POLAND.Group
2011INFART Art FestivalBassano del Grappa. ITALYGroup
2011SCULPTURE WING (Commission)Museum of Art of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.Group
2011Wide open wallsGALOYA, GAMBIAGroup
2011MURALI, Muralism FestivalPoznan. POLANDGroup
2011Meeting CermaicsDAVID BLOCH GALLERY, Casablanca, MoroccoGroup
2010Conception & realisation of 5×30m muralMiami. USASolo
2010Co-conception & realisation of 6×15m muralLondon. UKSolo
2010Maimi Art BaselWynwood. MiamiGroup
2010Mural Art festivalKiev, UkraineGroup
2010DualityPRETTY PORTAL Gallery, Düsseldorf, GERMANYSolo
2010LIVING WALLS streetart festivalAtlanta, Georgia,  USAGroup
2010REMEDPURE EVIL Gallery. LondonSolo
2009Conception & realisation of 15×15m muralNovisad. SERBIASolo
2009Conception & realisation of 12×5m muralNewYork. USASolo
2009INTEMPORALSC Gallery, Bilbao, SPAINGroup
2008OUT OF STH, BWA WroclawGallery of Contemporary Art , WroclawGroup
2008Conception & realisation of 8×20m muralBelgrade. SERBIASolo
2008Conception & realisation of 9×21m muralCuritiba. BRASILSolo
2005Conception & realisation of 11×12m muralMadrid. SPAINSolo