Paris native Beya Rebaï feels most inspired when she is travelling. Visually translating the world around her Beya engraves certain memories or feelings in her sketchbook with a handful of wax pastels. A girl in a caffe, a bouquet of flowers, the grace of a mountain, everything is an excuse to draw.
An observational illustrator in almost every aspect she captures the world from her own perspective and draws on her memories and her imagination to compose illustrations that tell a story, her story.
Fascinated by colour and inspired by the post-impressionistic group Les Nabis, Rebaï builds her drawings with a narrow and carefully selected palette of pastels or coloured pencils. “I always start a drawing by choosing the colour range that I will use"...“I pick four or five colours maximum per drawing. Then I make a sketch of what I have in mind and I apply the coloured forms in flat. Finally, I draw the details.”
As a result of her signature method, Beya’s works are very recognisable and retain an authentic quality as she draws details out of blocks of colour using bold strokes. What appears as a figure walking beneath the trees from far away, blurs into abstraction as you look closer.
We love the way Beya Rebaï captures the world through her distinctive simplified colour palettes and impressionistic vibes.
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