Fred Bervoets is a Belgian artist who was born in Burcht in 1942. He is a painter and printmaker. Training at the Academy and the Higher Institute in Antwerp. His first works were strongly influenced by the spirit of Ensor, Chagall and Joostens, but in the mid-1960s and with the discovery of Cobra, his design became more dynamic and the palette more exuberant. His painting constantly balances between a passion for painting and a storytelling instinct. From the press: “Painting is for F.B. an organic necessity, a life function. In no other way can he express himself, can he express his feelings, his problems, his life questions. This is soon discovered, both in terms of content and form, in his extensive oeuvre. This has come about in a shock, but no less consistent, in its own figurative, narrative visual language. He is in love with the color and the paint material, which he has to smell and often feel with his hands.” And “The world that F.B. lives in is a relatively small world in which he functions and in which he often plays a major role, like Hitchcock in his films. He also painted a large number of self-portraits. But this deliberately chosen limitation does not preclude the result from having a universal dimension, because it concerns thoughts and feelings, although the depicted situation does not always correspond to the individually recognizable one. ”
Was a teacher at the Academy in Antwerp until 2007. Mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: Piron.