Liesbeth Willaert

Liesbeth Willaert

Brussels , Barcelona, Belgium

About Liesbeth Willaert

Liesbeth is a Belgian painter, living between Brussels and Barcelona.

>>> www.liesbethwillaert.com

In 2003 she came to study in Barcelona and knew she would return eventually 'forever'. Pretty fast she fell in love with life around the Mediterranean and the city’s incredible creative vibe. In 2015 she finally settled down in Barcelona. A new chapter in her life.
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Because of unfortune matters (called ‘life’?) Liesbeth was forced to take almost 1 year off in 2005. In that year, painting became much more than a purely creative act. It became a constant, a need, a way of life and a lifelong companion.

“Art is the only way of escaping from daily life without leaving home”

Of course there have been quieter periods, especially during long-term travels in Asia, Indonesia, Brazil.

One constant in Liesbeth’s life (apart from surfing) is drawing and painting. Ever since she could hold a pen Liesbeth drew. Nowadays her style is what the art world calls ‘lyrical abstract’ (what’s in a name?).

Her paintings are characterised by a strong and abundant colour palette and composition. Colours have been and will always be essential.

Her technique is mixed media on canvas. Starting with the foundational layers of acrylic paint and pastel, materials such as tissue, paper, dried coffee, sand, fine stone, and metal are gradually added in later stages to provide structure and strengthen the composition.

Painting for a week in the studio of artist Jenny Verplancke (in 2005) definitely marked her style. It was during that particular creative “residency” that Liesbeth found her own painting voice.

Now Liesbeth is painting more than ever, as the Mediterranean life is a nonstop source of inspiration, especially the light, ever-changing colours of the sea and structure of the water.

To be continued…

Education

CURRICULUM:

Born in Leuven, Belgium, 1981

1993 – 2000: Civil Academy of Fine Arts, Roeselare, Belgium
1999 – 2004: Master in Communication, University of Ghent, Belgium.
2004-2006: Master in Digital Photography, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
2007-2011: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium. Specialisation: Drawing
2011-2013: Civil Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium, Specalisation: Painting
2018: Barcelona Academy of Art, Ciutat de Granada, 34 Barcelona, Spain. Portrait Painting - Summer Seminar.
2015 - now: Artist in Barcelona. Autodidact.




Events

UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

2021
Feria de Arte MONACO
August 27-28-29

2021
Collective Expo Monat Gallery, Madrid
Sept 2021

Exhibitions

2021
Sonia Monti Gallery
Dec 7th 2020 - Feb 7th 2021
Paris

2020
Saphira & Ventura Gallery Group Show “Life Abstractions”
Virtual Collective Exhibition
As from Sept 4th 2020
New York

2020
Saphira & Ventura Gallery "Untouchable Feelings"
March 5th - 20th, 2020
New York

2020
Group Show “Start Art” (Barcelona – Moscow)
February 29th – March 3rd
Mutuo Art Gallery
Carrer de Méndez Núñez, 70
Barcelona, Spain

2019
Group Show “El Gesto Artístico”, Nov. 22nd – Dec. 22nd
La Nave, Carrer de Salvá 13, Poble Sec.
Barcelona, Spain

2019
Group Show “The Artistic Gesture”
November 22nd - December 22nd 2019
Gallery Olivart (www.olivartgallery.com)
Calle Banys Vells, 6, Barcelona, Spain.

2019
Individual exposition "Under DeConstruction"
June 20th - July 20th 2019
Gallery Olivart (www.olivartgallery.com)
Calle Banys Vells, 6, Barcelona, Spain.

2018
Group Show “Hidden Realities”
August 1st – August 28th
JonaQuestArt Gallery
36 Greenwich Church Street, London
U.K.

2018
Group Show “Colectiva Contemporánea”
June 16th – July 9th, 2018
Abartium Gallery
Ctra. Folgueroles km 4,5 La Novíssima, Vic
Spain

2018
Group Show XXVIII Expo for International and Multidisciplinary Contemporary Art / (XXVIII Muestra internacionál y Multidisciplinar de Arte Contemperáneo)
June, 2nd – July, 1st 2018
Castillo de Montesquiu – La Cabaña
Parc del Castell de Montesquiu
Spain

2017
Group Show STATE OF ART
Dec. 5nd – Dec. 28 2017
Mazda Space Barcelona
Carrer del Comerç, 60 Barcelona

2017
As from Oct. 19th till indefinite
Part of the collection of Bernice (www.bernice.be)
Nylonfabriek, Lindenstraat 90, 9100 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

2017
Individual Exposition: “Between Dreams & Southern Shades”
Sept, 30rd – Oct. 2nd
Young Gallery Weekend, Barcelona
Gallery Olivart (www.olivartgallery.com)
Calle Banys Vells, 6, Barcelona, Spain.

2017
Individual Exposition: “Between and Southern Shades”
Sept, 7th-30rd
Gallery Olivart (www.olivartgallery.com)
Calle Banys Vells, 6, Barcelona, Spain.
2013

Group Show
June, 2nd -3rd -4th
ACA St.-Gillis, Munthofstraat 108-110, 1060 Brussels, Belgium.

2011
Solo Exhibition
April-May
Bonnefooi, Steenstraat – Rue des Pierres 8, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

2009
Solo Exhibition
March 2nd – May 31st
0.L. Vrouwziekenhuis, Bloklaan 5, Asse, Belgium.

2009
Solo Exhibition
Oct 7th 2008- Febr 1st 2009
Crematorium De Blauwe Toren, Zeelaan 2, Bruges, Belgium.

2008
Group Show
July 5th – July 6th
Kunstmarkt Houthave, Bruges, Belgium.

2008
Group Show
June 20th – June 22nd
Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Rue du Midi 144, Brussels, Belgium.

2008
Group Show
May 9th – May 18th
Museum Alfons Blomme, Ooststraat 84, Roeselare, Belgium.
WAK (Week van de Amateurkunsten – Week of the Amateur Arts) , Talens Palet Price

2008
Group Show
April 25th – May 4th
De Kleine Stooringhe, Blinde Rodenbachstraat 23, Roeselare, Belgium.
WAK (Week van de Amateurkunsten – Week of the Amateur Arts), Talens Palet Price

2007
Group Show
September 1st – 30th
Collective Expo with Ricard Aymar & Lut Weymans, Roeselare, Belgium.


Prices & selections

2008
March 7th – March 30th
Laureaat of ‘De Mauritz Naessensprijs’, Kunstkring Meise (Brussels)
Cultural center ‘t Moment van Meise’, Brusselsesteenweg 40, Meise

2007
November 9th
Antwerp
Laureaat Art King, All true Artists Artcompetition
Pakhuis 29, Verlatstraat 29, Antwerp

2007
November 11th – December 8th
Selection Artnoevoo Competition, Bredene
Cultural Center Stafversluys