Biography

Stef Driesen was 1966 born in Hasselt, Belgium
He lives and works in Brussels

Stef Driesen creates expressive paintings that are charged with both emotional and physical sensuality. While recalling human forms, his work operates a subtle balance between landscape and abstraction, a symbiosis between the romantic sublime and mortal carnality. Translating the materiality of paint into ephemeral fields redolent with contemplation, desire, and loss, his paintings convey the fragile and heroic nature of human condition

Stef Driesen’s paintings feel cold. Like bodies, saving their own flesh, with alternating round shapes, hard lines and a skin in soft gray tones. Looking becomes touching. Sometimes the paintings glow, like overwrought fantasies, then you see vague, anonymous bodies in a swirl of hues and tones. Driesen paints them as studies of time and light. As ‘fleurs du mal’ they are a combination of sexual subjects and an emphatic aesthetic, they are major themes that Driesen makes tangible through painting. On the canvas are no empty gestures, the paintings are almost inaccessible. He shows vaguely recognizable shapes and uses paint to give meaning through light and depth to, at first sight, insignificant shapes. He creates an abstract space where the love for matter triumphs.

Courtesy Gallery Sofie Van de Velde

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 Stef Driesen, Gallery Baton, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2014 Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2013 Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, US
  • 2010 Hoet Bekaert Galerij, Knokke, Belgium
  • 2008 Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, USMarc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, US
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  • 2007 The Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UKHarris Lieberman Gallery, New York, US
  • 2005 Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Group Shows

  • 2021 BEND STRETCH RELAX, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, BE
  • 2020 L’heure bleue, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, BE
    Het Schilderatelier, PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt, Belgium
  • 2019 Di fuoachi e accesi sensi, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium
    Looking at the world through rose coloured glasses, Gallery Sofie Van
    de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2013 Lattice Gallery, Siege, Malta
    “E-motion”, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
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  • 2012 Belgium Contemporary Now, Gallery Baton, Seoul – South Korea
  • 2011 The Dicke Collection, Creating the New Century, Dayton Art Institute Ohio, US
    Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Gand, Belgium
  • 2010 Public Private Paintings, MuZee, Oostende, Belgium
    Summer Teeth, The Breeder Gallery, Athene, Greece
    Redefining the Landscape, Stephan Simoens Galerij, Knokke, Belgium
  • 2009 When the mood strikes, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
  • 2008 Future tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, US
  • 2007 Pushing the Canvas, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium
  • 2006 People, Madre Museum, Napoli, Italy
  • 2005 The Third Peak, Art Concept, Paris, France
  • 2004 Michael Bauer/Chris Brodhal/Stef Driesen, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, US
  • 2001 Deluca/Driesen, Velinx, Tongeren, Belgium
    Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium