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Rakel is like her art. Beautiful and rebellious, rock n’ roll and glamourous, she plays with humour and self-mockery as much as she does with sensuality and modernity. Recognized by her peers today for many pieces that have become emblematic in the coveted microcosm of Contemporary Art, the French artist is constantly reinventing herself. It all started at the dawn of her childhood, in the 1970s, Rakel was born and grew up in Paris. Rakel’s artistic fibre was quick to appear, particularly once she started her designer/patternmaker studies at Esmod, the prestigious Parisian school. As life went on, Rakel found herself in motherhood. However, with a strong and faithful desire to express herself still within her, the fiery tempered brunette finds refuge in her painting, splitting her time between her family and her artistic alter-ego. Duly influenced by fashion and film icons, such as Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Gainsbourg and Kate Moss, she found herself to be particularly inspired by Pop-Art, and its pioneer Andy Warhol. Rakel decided to immortalize these figures in her own way, with grace and refinement but still keeping her optimistic and youthful touch. Her goal? To create emotion, desire and nostalgia in those who know how to capture it. Preaching the “Positive Attitude” through the subtlety of finding perfect imperfections, through using bright and joyful colours, she develops paintings that oscillate between Les Cheyennes, Malab’Art and Rebelles. She diffuses her work sparingly, with unique pieces, but also to celebrities such as Claude Lelouch, Amir, Jean-Paul Belmondoa and Phillipe Starck, etc… “My Rebel’Art" is a way of combining Pop Art and Street Art, that can be seen in the Cheyenne Indians, the dripping chewing gum bubbles and the tattoos.” In the last year and a half, Rakel has expanded her artistic aura and added another string to her bow by creating the Malab’Art sculptures, inspired from the French bubble-gum brand, which could only have been the next logical step forward in this group of themed artwork. Celebrity beauty icons, like Karl Lagerfield, Michael Jackson, Steve McQueen, Coco Chanel, Picasso and Marilyn, Basquiat and Kate Moss are at the centre of each sculpture, and demonstrate the taste of Malab’Art. This most recent piece was born from Rakel’s creative spirit and represents a condensed version of what she wants to propagate: an object with a strong identity, representing her major inspirations, flirting between a nostalgic childish sentiment and the contemporary DNA of the production. The Malab’Art are available in several sizes from the Baby Gum to the Bubble Gum XXL. Most of all, the smallest sizes possess bite-marks that are none other than the imprint of Rakel’s own teeth, making a genetic and artistic signature! This limited addition work has already attracted many collectors. They travel from Paris to Brussels via Tel Aviv, accompanying Rakel who has been exhibiting for several years in prestigious galleries around the world. A sensory invitation that plays on the sight, the touch and the olfactory since the resin she uses for her sculptures is imbued with the smell of the Malabar bubble-gum, a smell that also embalms her art studio. The result is unquestionable, jogging at childhood memories, her sculptures plunge you into memories of the most adventurous times of your early years. The pieces offer a unique approach that predicts unprecedented success for this French artist. You can find the works of Rakel in Paris ,Lyon,Reims,Toulouse (and French Riviera),Genèva ,Miami,cities that are benchmarks of Contemporary Art connoisseurs. They are enough to make you travel through time and space without question! To be continued ...