à Shaerbeek (Belgique ) en 1927, mort à Rochetaillé
( France ) en 1986.
Born in Shaerbeek (Belgium) in 1927, died in Rochetaillé (France) in 1986.
An authentic Cobra, he was one of the first contributors to the revue of that name. He was a filmmaker, painter and poet who opted for the role of the outcast artist, rejected by society. Alcohol was his way of holding back the shock of contact with reality. He repeatedly returned to this shelter until it killed him, despite several drying-outs, the attentive care of his friend Alechinsky and the unconditional help of his wife Sanky. Happily, she was able to save his work from the destruction that the suicidal artist had reserved for part of it. Thanks to her total devotion, the gallery can now undertake the much-deserved rehabilitation of the art of this superb and tragic figure.
His work can be seen in all the Cobra museums, in Fort Lauderdale (Florida) at the Cobra museum in Amstelven, in the Musée de Lyon, who own monumental works done in ink. The Museum in Brou devoted a retrospective exhibition to him, with a highly illustrated catalogue. A fine writer, his texts (poems and prose) have been published since his death, thanks to Sanky Raine.