Who is Marc RAMBEAU ?


Marc Rambeau was born in France in 1945. He studied art at the Villa Thiole (French School for Visual Arts) and at the National School for Decorative Arts in Nice from 1961 to 1963. In 1964 he joined the Robert Boell Workshop in Toulon where he continued his studies.

From 1968 onwards Rambeau's work took him to the South Pacific where he lived in New-Caledonia and Tahiti, and visited New-Zealand, Chile,Vanuatu, until 1985 when he took up residence in Australia. In 1989 he became an Australian citizen.

As a travelling artist in 1995 and 1996, he lived in Beijing for six months. This stay in China marked a new era for Rambeau's art, as he discovered the rice paper medium which he has since used extensively in his paintings. The influence of Rambeau's time in China can be seen in the deceptive simplicity of his bold calligraphic drawings and his use of ink on rice paper. East meets West in his colour compositions, collages and image repetitions. He used these techniques in the themes he developed in Tahiti in 1997, portraying Polynesian dancing and the vibrance of the Tiurai festival, and then again in 2000 in his "Around the Buoys" project which captured the colour and movement of the America's Cup regattas. In Australia too his work on the landscapes of the Outback is known for its bold simplicity and strong colours.

Rambeau regularly exhibits in Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Noumea, Tahiti, New-Zealand and of course Australia.

Rambeau's Australian studio is located in Ainslie, in the heart of Canberra. He also works regularly in Provence.