At the end of January, French pop artist Ramzi Adek came to Ecole Bilingue to work with students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. Adek is an emerging artist in France who likes to combine street culture, pop icons and references to modern and contemporary art. His art has been featured at Art Basel Miami.
For almost two weeks, Pop Artist Ramzi Adek worked with the 5th graders on the creation of a mural representing the school's mascot. Students had a lot of fun learning how to use spray paint creatively. With the 6th and 7th graders, students created Ramzi-inspired art by customizing shoes or jackets using spray paint and markers.
His visit was an enriching experience for all and a reminder of our wonderful, long-running Artist-in-Residence program, which aims to expose students to French and Francophone culture.
Who is Ramzi Adek?
Ramzi Adek grew up in the South of France (Aix-en-Provence) where he was introduced to drawing by his aunt and uncle. This quickly developed into more than a simple hobby for him.
He moved to Paris when he was a teenager, and his passion for drawing turned into one for street art. He joined the Parisian underground graffiti scene, influenced by the American culture of the 80’s and 90’s. “I’m a product of popular culture from that time,” he says, “ I watched a lot of American television series, and listened to a lot of music then.” His art makes a lot of references to Mr T, Muhammad Ali, Rocky, Arnold and Willy, Michael Jackson, and the pop artist Keith Haring, just to name a few.
Walls, cars, shoes, clothes...
Ramzi didn’t limit himself to street art and worked for a while as a DJ and in music production. His passion for Chicago house music led to his success as a promoter and party organizer, and then DJing and setting up his own record labels, ‘Dirty Musik’ and ‘Bossley Records’. This experience helped nourish his creative side and from street art, he eventually moved on to become a pop artist. You can now see him paint on canvas, but not exclusively - cars, clothes or shoes are also perfectly acceptable media to apply his colorful spray paint.
Ramzi will be coming for two weeks in January as an artist-in-residence at Ecole Bilingue. He will be working with the 5th grade students on a large mural on the wall located on the basketball court. “I want to introduce students to graffiti art and work with them on sketching, and ultimately create this mural,” explains Ramzi.
In 6th and 7th grade, students will bring a piece of clothing and customize it using special fabric paint. Ramzi’s goal is to also introduce the students to the idea of graffiti, applied to a piece of fabric. “What I hope is to inspire students to make art and, why not, to become artists themselves!” says Adek. You can follow Ramzi Adek on Instagram.
Ramzi Adek will be giving a talk on his creative approach on Thursday, January 30 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Learn more.