Antoine Roegiers was born in 1980 in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium. He graduated from École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2007. Roegiers lives and works in Paris.
The artist began his career painting and drawing before moving onto creating video art. He explores and extends the works of Flemish painters, immersing his art in the paintings of Bosch, Bruegel and Rubens. The transmission of inspiration between generations is a recurring theme in Roegiers’ work and also a way of introducing old masters to new audiences. Roegiers is known for creating thematic series, varying widely throughout the years from hyperrealistic images, portraits of children, to a Flemish-Renaissance style.
Roegiers’ drawings, mainly in black and white or sepia, frequently demonstrate great attention to detail. ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, based on Pieter Bruegel’s 1559 work of the same name, is a series of intricate drawings turned into a video artwork. The result is a complex animation with several imaginary figures endowed with a life of their own. Through his first animation of painting in motion, ‘L’Académie’, a two-minute-fifteen-second film produced in 2005, inspired by a small painting by the 17th century French artist Le Nain, Roegiers became aware of the potential of animation to surprise a viewer and truly capture the inner turmoil between figures in paintings.
Roegiers received the Roger Bataille Award in 2007 and won the Yishu artist-in-residence award in Beijing in 2012. In the last decade, he has had numerous solo (2018, 2015, 2013, 2010 and 2009) and group (2015, 2013, 2012 and 2010) exhibitions at Art Bärtschi & Cie. In 2019, Roegiers had exhibitions at BOZAR (Brussels) and Kunsthalle Tübingen (Germany). He recently exhibited in group exhibitions at Museo Nacional de Escultura (Valladolid, Spain), Félicien Rops Museum (Namur, Belgium), Mu.Zee (Ostend, Belgium), Palacio Bellas Artes (Mexico) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, USA). Several public and private collections have acquired Roegiers’s work, including Fondation Louis Vuitton (France), Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain (France), Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (Switzerland) and Collection Mirabaud (Switzerland).