Artist Victor de Bie (Groningen, 1976) is one of four siblings in a   family of artists and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2001.

  Having studied fashion design, his work often relates to fashion. His formative background is revealed most prominently via the   many invented elements in his work. The long, drawn-out   figurines with their characteristic 'sunken faces' also find their   origin in his fashion background.

   His artistic signature stands out due to his distinctive use of bright   colours and triangular shapes.

  Victor's work is largely inspired by the Roman Catholic culture of his originally Belgian family. Ernest and Paul Wante, who created many religious works in churches and cathedrals in the Flanders area are relatives of his. His family residence in Antwerp as well as his   parental home in Haren, Groningen, are both filled with family heirlooms and family portraits, revealing a long line of ancestry and they are clearly beloved subject matters in his paintings.

  Amongst the colourful figures in his work family members and good friends are to be found, such as artist Iekeliene Stange and designer Jan Taminiau, both of whom he often works with.  

  Exhibitions of Victor's work have so far taken place in Amsterdam,   Barcelona, Paris and New York to much acclaim.

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