Adele Renault grew up in a musical family on a farm in the Belgian Ardennes. At 14 she traveled abroad alone, living in Venezuela on an exchange. She then spent two years in Brighton, England, studying and practicing visual arts from classical oil painting to spray-can graffiti. In 2010 she graduated from the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels with a degree in graphic design.
In 2009, Renault first collaborated with artist Niels Shoe Meulman. They now travel the world together, creating large-scale murals in which she adds a host of site-specific birds and animals to his iconic word-images. Together the duo also run Unruly Gallery in Amsterdam, where they are based.
The inconspicuous beauty of everyday objects and subjects fascinates Renault. Closely observing those not considered worthy of a second look, she paints portraits of faces, the elderly, the homeless, and pigeons in a realistic style. Her subjects are painted as photographed, yet are isolated from their context, enlarged and flooded in sunlight. Renault captures moments and expressions full of stories and meaning. Suddenly, a scruffy pigeon or a woman in the last days of her life emanate a quiet grace and irresistible force of life.