Renee (luna) Bebeau is a local artist, curator and instructor who is active in the Milwaukee arts community. She is a multi faceted artist who is curious about the life cycles of the natural world and our place inside that realm. Fascinated by the transitional moments in life, she enjoys the processes that occur with the changing cycles. Every medium is fair game for her experimental practice as she explores her world through textures, colors and materials of all kinds. She finds beauty in a crispy, wilted flower bouquet or the contents of her compost container. She lives and works in Riverwest, Milwaukee where she and her husband, Todd Mrozinski share a studio in The Nut Factory.
A new focus in watercolor has inspired a series of paintings of her compost and she continues to build her line of hand painted, up-cyled accessories including leather purses and shoes. Her love of oil paint brings about floral and still life paintings and she specializes in henna body art for parties, festivals and private appointments.
Her most recent projects as curator include the Pfister Holiday Marketplace, a pop-up gift shop inside the historic hotel three years in a row during the holidays. As the Muse Guesthouse curator, she will delight you with the amazing works of this city's leading edge artists in a most lovely and comfortable gallery home setting.
studio 2C is the work place of renée & her husband, todd mrozinski and there they focus on presence as they let intuition guide their work.
studio 2C is located in the nut factory, (3720 n. fratney st in riverwest), a building filled with artists' studios. we are so lucky to be in this space with an amazing group of people! every year in February, there is an open house studio party that's open to the public, one night only.
about sigils: a sigil is a symbol that has an intention. made from the letters in a word or sentence and distilled down to a simple abstract form, it is designed to imbue the message into the subconscious of the viewer where it will have a lasting effect. these sigils began as drawings for a set of tattoo designs and then later became paintings. i can create personalized sigils designed for your intention. please inquire about a commission. i'm inspired by mark rothko, ellsworth kelly, agnes martin, josef albers, richard diebenkorn
about silhouettes: the focus of this series is of the human form in silhouette, inspired by a childhood memory of having my silhouette traced. i'm fascinated by the fact that this one continuous line is enough information to tell us who it is, yet, its simple shape deems it universal at the same time. this line designates our place and shape in space. this activity beckons me to explore the shadow side. the goddess series stems from my fascination with mythology and my desire to connect with these aspects/qualities in myself. the zodiac series is a visual description of each sign of the zodiac from my 25+ years of study into astrology and human behaviors.
about still life: as a gardener, i love watching things grow. tending a garden really lets you see the process and gets you involved with the plants. flowers are highly evolved entities; they are masters at attracting. their brilliant colors and textures are my inspiration to capture their essence in paint. i love to be with them, gaze at them and learn how to BE from them. i love to cook and as i do, i'm inspired to paint these beautiful and colorful foods. i'm inspired by cezanne, monet, manet, van gogh, chardin
about bubble forms: we are all connected. being individual forms, the space between us is what holds us together. individual cells make up a solid form. this series is an exploration of the microcosm that IS us. each cell is a window, a picture all on it's own. it is a meditation to set each oval in space, flowing one into the next. soap bubbles inspired me to create these pictures. i'm inspired by terry winters
about food?: my mother had her own graphic art business when i was in high school and i enjoyed working for her doing paste up work and also designing logos. my father was in the printing business and i helped him collect magazines as they were spit out of the machine. fonts have always attracted me and so i've been inspired to paint labels of packaged foods. of course, warhol inspired me with his soup cans, although i enjoy obscure brands and old labels and fonts, ones that haven't changed in years...it's fun for me to peruse the grocery store to see what i will find. very often, friends will gift me with a canned item that thrills me.