© Fabrice Gousset


Born Walig Nicolet in Rennes in 1987, he started tagging in 2000 with the blaze 100REMOR after seeing a TV report about graffiti. A few years later, he met several taggers and graffiti enthusiasts during his training in communication in Bagnolet. He then changed his name to Renkar, before choosing Renk in 2007, which becomes his artist name.

In 2011, after a revelation during a trip to the Sinai desert in Egypt, Renk fully dedicates himself to paintings on canvas. “One evening, while watching the sunset, Walig has an epiphanic moment. The sky and the colours seemed to speak to him. The message was clear and concise: ‘painting will be your whole life’. (David Rosenberg, Renk, Éditions Skira, 2021)


Photo : Robert Brunton
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
© Enoc Pérez
© Tadao Ando
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by ADAGP, Paris
Courtesy Galerie Enrico Navarra