Bruno Vekemans was a Belgian artist who was born in 1952 in Berchem and died in Brasschaat in 2019. He was a painter, draftsman, gouachist and etcher. Self-taught, yet took some basic training in the Londenstraat in Antwerp (decorative arts) and at the Academy in Berchem. Experimented with shape and color for years until he discovered his own style: colorful, strong, nostalgic, mysterious, sometimes strange, but never aggressive. Resolutely opted for the figuration. Often painted portraits, but also urban landscapes with bridges, railways, buildings, (anecdotal) scenes with characters and coastal views. Initially also used the collage technique and this influence can still be seen in his current designs. Often starts from various images from magazines or photos and adds, combines and eliminates elements. From the press: “B.V. clearly meets the art lover who still wants to hear a fresh, uninhibited breath in a figurative interpretation. Such open and honest art brings B.V. In any case, while he also shows a great diversity in his oeuvre: metropolitan landscapes, people, both the lonely in the cityscape and those in discos, listening to jazz players, people on terraces or in restaurants. ” Also realized back glass paintings. Illustrated literary work by Herman Brusselmans, Arnon Grünberg, Robert Long, Harry Verbeeck, among others. Exhibited a.o. at the Yoshimura Art Gallery in Tokyo / Japan in 1991, at Art Expo in New York in 1998, at the Art Fair in Bordeaux / France, in the gallery G.N.G. and the Caitlyn Gallery in Saint Louis / Missouri in 1999, at Collins & Kent in Sidney and the Opera House in Sydney in 2002, at the Lucas Art Gallery in Los Angeles in 2003, at Pan in Amsterdam and at Art Cologne in 2005, at the Jaski Gallery in Amsterdam, in the Dessers Gallery in Hasselt and in the Bart Wouters gallery in Brasschaat in 2006. Mentioned in BAS II and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: Paul Piron, The Belgian visual artists from the 19th to the 21st century.