My Artistic Evolution
Im used to say Im born with a color pencil in my
hand! You guess its not exactly true, but in a better world
perhaps it could be! As a matter of fact, as far as I can remember,
Ive always drawn and painted.
When the time came for making a decisive choice, I considered going
to the Art School. Unfortunately, my classmates and all my teachers didnt consider an
artistic career was respectable enough, so I did medicine.
When he ceased to work, my grand father became a weekend oil
painter. I was fascinated by all his color tubes. At his death, I
inherited his paint box. That was the beginning of my passion for
I dont remember why and when I began to draw and to paint
in a surrealistic manner. I painted my first surrealist oil on
canvas in October 1956 (40 × 50 cm = 15.75 ×
OK! No technique at all! Colors too saturated. The rainbow looks
like a cardboard one...
Now the second painting, made some months later (February 1957
same format). Its a little bit better already.
As youve just seen, at the beginning I didnt have
any technique and always painted my pictures in one layer,
beginning at the top right hand corner of the canvas, and ending on
the bottom right hand side.
At the world fair in Brussels in 1958, I was very impressed by
the paintings of Salvador Dali, particularly his Christ of
St. John of the Cross and Santiago the Great, I
realized these chef-duvres were painted in another way
than what I was doing at that time.
So, gradually, going to the art galleries and museums, and
reading technical books on painting, I learned by myself the true
technique of the masters. (See
Technical Information, How I came to guess their secret).
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