Zabou - studio portrait

Zabou /   Unknown

France 1990

Street Art, Murals

February 18, 2020
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Zabou is a French street artist living in London known for her large-scale realistic portraits. Her artistic adventure began in 2012 when she moved to London to pursue her studies. Impressed with the local street art and graffiti scene, Zabou found inspiration and decided to give spray painting a try. The rest is history!

Zabou - Oxia, 2019
Zabou – Oxia, 2019

Zabou’s style

The French creative rapidly developed her distinguished imagery, created using mostly freehand spray painting. Her life-like murals revolve around black and white realistic portraits and focus on the expressions and emotions of her subjects. Known for her brilliant skills of storytelling through art, Zabou also likes to create murals that play and interact with their spatial surroundings.

Zabou - Sisters, 2019
Zabou – Sisters, 2019

In 2019, Zabou painted her largest mural to date: 40m on 12m. The piece, titled Non Mollare Mai (Never Give Up), celebrating young people and sports, took 9 days of work and is located in Cerignola, Italy.

Zabou - Non Mollare Mai, 2019
Zabou – Non Mollare Mai, 2019

A palette of themes

Zabou takes her inspiration from the people, history and social context of where she paints. Each of her murals is different and unique, tailor-made for the wall. She paints portraits of both anonymous and famous persons and has a variety of subjects from any gender, age or nationality. The themes she explores often comment on our contemporary society, whereas it is about art, love, nature or simply us: humans.

Zabou - Le Monde A L'Envers, 2019
Zabou – Le Monde A L’Envers, 2019

Around the world

Since 2012, Zabou has made quite a name for herself. She has participated in many art projects and festivals around the world, from Indonesia to Cyprus, the USA, Italy, France, and Colombia among others. She believes that public art can connect communities together and enable people to have a direct impact on their environment.

Zabou - The Glitch (Clockwork Orange), 2019
Zabou – The Glitch (Clockwork Orange), 2019

Beyond her travels, Zabou has also been invited to speak at a TedX conference (2004, TedX Limassol) and her works have featured in many books and specialized magazines. In November 2020, Saatchi Gallery in London will host her first solo show.
Zabou lives and works in London, UK.

Featured image: Zabou – studio portrait. Photo credits Ignacio Irisarri
All images and text courtesy of Zabou

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2020ZabouSaatchi Gallery, London, UK
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2018Outside In
Lavo//Matik, Paris, France
Fan Museum, London, UK
2017Street Art Fans
Fan Museum, London, UK
2017Ecstatic Rays
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2016ZabouOllyStudio Gallery, London, UKSolo
2016Joker s WildQuirky Fox Gallery, Taranaki, New ZealandGroup
2016ConvergenceOllyStudio Gallery, London, UKGroup
2016UnknownGallerie Clemouchka, Lyon, FranceGroup
2016XXSaatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2015ParisArtistes 2015Paris, FranceGroup
2015TRIBELondon, UKGroup
2015Cut it outCity Museum, Gloucester, UKGroup
2015Art ExhibitionOpenArt Galerie, Dijon, FranceGroup
2015FemGraffLollipop Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014The Good TimesMonty’s Bar, Brick Lane, London, UKGroup
2014Salon de Street Art IIStories, Broadway Market, London, UKGroup
2014Star WarsGalerie La Boheme, Deauville, FranceGroup
2014Art Exhibition, in duo with RNSTGalerie La Boheme, Deauville, FranceGroup
2014Salon des Refuses 2014, Salon de Street ArtHappenstance Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013Urban & Iconic, The World of Street ArtArches 402, London, UKGroup
2012Test SpaceStreet Feast, London, UKGroup
2012Urban Innovators #1Apres Club, London, UKGroup