Remaut was born in Oostende in 1942. After studying art at Academie Oostende his first major exhibition was in 1982 with his brother Pierre. Selections in international competitions followed with shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. In a career spanning more than thirty years Remaut has achieved huge success with works hanging in many public and private collections including those of the Belgian national and local governments and Ostendís Museum of Fine Art. Most recently his work was selected for exhibitions in England.
Remaut invented himself as an artist by abandoning the constraints of traditional teaching and evolving his own distinct style of informal art. Carrying the whole culture of modern art in his head, he doesnít paint to please the art audience, finding it conservative, critical, lacking understanding and a sense of fun. He is the audience, relishing in his performance.
His paintings depict emotions, moods and feelings. He is a recording instrument, painting reflections of his own surroundings. Ideas come from everywhere including nature, television and books. Sometimes the starting point is a sketch made from something seen in the street. He may see an interesting wall which is impractical to take home so he uses paint to reconstruct it. Mostly the works evolve directly on the canvas. He does not presume to impose a story instead he assembles things that interest him.
Using mixed media (acrylic) His works are constructions of material incorporating objects found, texture, layers of paint and graffiti. Scrawled text begs deciphering impelling the viewer to discover a hidden meaning though none is intended. His works convey a feeling of antiquity with damaged surfaces, scratches, cracks and spots. The paintings are built up slowly with many layers of matter and paint. They are continually changed in a process that involves searching, fighting and looking for a solution where the unconscious is relied upon for inspiration.
Recently Roger Remaut's work has been selected for the International Assemblage Artist Exhibition 2005 in Berlin, Germany.