'I was born in 1942 in Kleine Spouwen, a picturesque village in the Limburg between Maastricht and Tongeren along an ancient Roman route to Cologne. A Roman military road ran behind our house through the fields and I often played as a child in the ditch : splashing barefooted in flowing water that was then still unbelievably clear, populated by beetles, salamanders and other water animals.
The world of my childhood was a wonderful world of romping with frisky lambs, hauling water from the spring, and, at the old village school, marvelling at the displayed wares of a ragman, who sat beside the road and had such fascinating, colorful children's watches and splendid, lovely rings you could buy for a sack of rags.
Perhaps, this atmosphere was the foundation for my art, reconstructing what I experienced, felt, observed, dreamt, in short, writing down memories in my own pictoral language using only parts of the reality, fragments of memory merged into a free composition and form, sometimes with a dividing line in between.
The reality is virtual and important insofar as it comes across as a comprehensible image. The color is often psychologically loaded : each image starts with myself, my thoughts and becomes very often universal. Like another might write a diary, I paint mine, almost every day. I started adding pictograms to my work to explain and talk in an individual, psychic, introspective, creative way (the last I always did).
One day a week I spend my time in a museum or in galleries : I regularly visit Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Paris, Hamburg, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
1942 born in Kleine-Spouwen, Belgium.
1965 study of Nordic Art and Music at the University of Oslo, Norway.
1966-1970 living in Bonaire, Dutch Antilles.
1970 back in Belgium.
1970–72 painting and drawing at the Academy in Hasselt, Belgium under the tutelage of R. Vandereycken.
1977–82 painting and drawing at the Academy in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium under the tutelage of H. De Volder and V. Neels. Sculpture with H. Tersago.
1989-1997 living in Hamburg, Germany. Member of the Seevetaler Kuenstler, Hittfeld, Germany.
1990 participant in the summer academy Pentiment in Hamburg, Germany.
1997 back in Belgium. Member of the : Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and Koninklijke Piet Staut Kring Beveren, Belgium