Karel Mechiels was a Belgian artist who was born in 1927 in Sint-Niklaas and who died there in 2017. He was a painter, draftsman, pastelist and etcher. Education at the academy in Sint-Niklaas under the direction of G. Fonteyn, at the Academy in Antwerp under the direction of P. Rottie, at the Higher Institute in Antwerp under the direction of Is. Opsomer, J. Creytens and A. Crommelynck. Was strongly influenced by his teacher Pieter Rottie. Second for the Prix de Rome in 1952. Realized portraits, figures, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, among other things. Works in classic design and follows nature as faithfully as possible. His figures and (children's) portraits exude intimism. from the press: "Drawing and painting become an almost non-thinking, instinctual pleasure. An erupting joie de vivre. One hymn to light "and" Perhaps the whole scheme of his work can be seen in his portraits of old women: painful yet reverent revelation of life itself. "(1984). Was a teacher at the Academy in Mechelen from 1955 to 1962, from 1962 to 1992 director at the Academy in Sint-Niklaas. Mentioned in BAS II and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: Piron.