Collages combined with raw colours and female forms characterise the works of Dirk Wagemans. He often uses popular events or personal experiences as an inspiration for his creations. They are footprints of the life he leads.
Patterns, attempts to structure his everyday perceptions, usually are threatened by unleashed figures.
The motive of Vanitas often returns in his works, standing both for vanity and ephemerality. The people in his paintings seem to suffer from status fear. Traumatized to lose their position, their power, their image.
Recently however we see that the interaction between lines start to play the bigger part in his work, we see that the initial figures lose importance to the colors and the general composition. Different layers (paint, collages or print technics) enter in a dialogue. With this interactions a certain vibration or movement exists.
Dirk was born in July of 1979 in the city of Leuven (Belgium). He studied art in Heverlee and at the Urban Academy of Leuven. Before going to university, he joined several local art exhibitions where he won a few prizes as a young artist. In 2014 he received the Golden Cross of Merit in the order of the Netherlands and the Hispanic World from H.E. Ambassador Giampaolo Rizzo Alvarado, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
Besides his art education, he has university degrees in History, International Politics, Geography and Management. During his university years in Belgium and Italy, his art evolved to become more mature and socio politically conscious.
Many of his works are now owned by private collectors around Europe and in Central America.
Since 2011, Dirk Wagemans has being very active as an artist, exposing his works in important European venues (Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna and Barcelona) and also in Miami, New York and Tel Aviv.
Still active as an artist, today Dirk Wagemans leads the International Art Forum as President.
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