Léopold Rabus was born in 1977 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He studied at the Académie de Meuron in Neuchâtel and at the Ecole d’arts appliqués (EAA-CIFOM) in La Chaux-de-Fonds before joining the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He works and lives in Neuchâtel.
Léopold Rabus’s practice specialises in oil paintings and installations, mainly inspired by his immediate surroundings in the rural context of his hometown. Growing up in a family of artists, he was immersed from an early age in a world of surrealism that now characterises his oeuvre. Rabus’s figurative work depicts a reality in a spooky yet witty character. His paintings often portray individuals and animals in gloomy scenes where the boundaries of fantasy and reality are blurred. Essentially, the artist reflects on the way we qualify the living and aims to represent its essence in a way that language can’t, thus creating hyper-realistic pieces that are open to interpretation.
Léopold Rabus’s work was awarded the Eidgenössischer Wettbewerb für Kunst and the Swiss Art Awards in 2006 and the Premio Lissone in 2005. In 2021, he is having his first solo exhibition at Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland). Other solo exhibitions include those at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Museum Langmatt (Switzerland), Carré Saint-Anne, espace d’art contemporain de Montpellier (France), Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (Germany) and Museum voor actuele kunst (The Hague, Netherlands). Recent group exhibitions include those at the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst (Germany), Centre d’Art Contemporain Walter Benjamin (Perpignan, France), Elgiz Museum (Istanbul, Turkey), MONA (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague, Netherlands), Palais Enzenberg (Schwaz, Austria) and Museo d`Arte Contemporanea di Lissone (Italy). His works are featured in several public art collections, including the Museum zu Allerheiligen (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), Frissiras Museum (Athens, Greece), Gemeentemuseum (The Hague, Netherlands), Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Museum of Old and New Art (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) and Mudam Luxembourg (Luxembourg).