ADEK aka Ramzi Adek is a French artist, best known for mixing street art and pop art, and creating a subversive universe materialized in a colorful and generous style.
Born in 1976 in Aix-en-Provence, Ramzi Adek started his artistic career by making graffiti. His tag, which is short for adequate, and his style have been formed on the walls of Paris during many years. In 2009, he decided to devote himself exclusively to painting. He chose to work in studio and on canvases which enabled him to deeply display a wide imagery that combines urban culture, pop icons and references to modern and contemporary art – including Matisse’s work as a colorist, Vasarely’s geometric rigor or Agam’s kinetic art.
Using a mixed technique – spray, acrylic and oil painting, ADEK explores an aesthetic which is attractive, accessible and inhabited altogether, in the tradition of Keith Haring. Vibrant colors arise from a black background to animate with intensity the characters or the messages populating his paintings. Through a special process that he developed himself, his colors escape into a fluorescence that varies with exposure to light, attractive in daylight, more intriguing as the darkness grows, irradiating under neon lighting.
Alter ego of the artist projected onto canvas, Mickey Mouse is a recurring figure in ADEK’s world. His reassuring curves, big ears and permanent grin reveal faults, vices and sufferings – it then becomes an allegory of the human condition faced with the failings of its time. Thwarting the obvious and deconstructing the contemporary mythologies, ADEK’s work demands attention and taming. Beyond that sharp outlook on society, implicitly appears a meditation on the origins, the journey and the position of an artist whose purpose never encroaches upon the quest for formal beauty, yet relies on it.
Ramzi Adek currently lives and creates in Paris.