Guillaume Leunens 1914-1990 Flemish Artist Painter

Born in Hal, Belgium, in 1914.
He starts working at the age of 16, but is already an artist in his soul.
He works at a foundry, with metal and bronze.
Meanwhile, he devotes himself to painting and personal experiences.
In 1930, he begins to follow all avant-garde artistic manifestations.
Among others, he admires Permeke and Van Den Berghe.
Even during his time as a prisoner at a labor camp during World War II, he keeps his dream alive each time he finds paper and a pencil.
Starting out from Flemish expressionism, he evolves to abstract art and his encounter with Servranckx makes him discover his own way.
In 1948, he starts exhibiting his work.
Short period of studies at the "Académie des Beaux-Arts" in Brussels. He is mostly a self-taught artist.
In 1956, he exhibits in Spain ( Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Palma).
Since 1957, he resides in Paris. Summer house in Ardèche (France).
In 1960, he starts experimenting with metal, being convinced that our era needs its own pictorial means.
Numerous trips within Europe, the United States and Canada.
He is invited by the French government to the World Exposition in Montreal.
In 1969, he is invited by the group E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), founded in the United States by Billy Klüver and Rauschenberg. At the same time, he exhibits in Brooklyn and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In 1973, Guillaume Leunens' exhibition of his art collection at the Cultural Center of the Province of Antwerp is acknowledged by the B.A.A.C. (Belgian Association of Art Critics) as the best exhibition of the month.
In 1975, Guillaume Leunens participates in the "Biennale de la critique d'art", first at the "Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi" (March-April) then at the "Abbaye Saint-Pierre " in Ghent (May - June).
In 1984-1985, he exhibits for the Flemish "Les Beaux-Arts" commission.
Guillaume Leunens died in 1990.
Translated from French

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