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.
He began his career painting and drawing before moving onto creating video art. He explores and extends the works of Flemish painters, immersing his work 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 frequently demonstrate excellent 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. Inspired by a small painting by the 17th-century artist Le Nain, Roegiers produced his first animation, ‘L’Académie,’ in 2005. Roegiers became aware of animation’s potential 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 and group exhibitions at Art Bärtschi & Cie, now Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland). Recent group shows include those at Museo San Telmoy (San Sebastian, Spain), BOZAR/Palais des Beaux-Arts de Brussels (Belgium), Kunsthalle Tübingen (Germany), Museo Nacional de Escultura (Valladolid, Spain), Félicien Rops Museum (Namur, Belgium), Mu.Zee (Ostend, Belgium), Palacio Bellas Artes (Mexico city, Mexico) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, USA). Several public and private collections have acquired Roegiers’s work, including Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France), Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain (Paris, France), Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (Switzerland) and Collection Mirabaud (Switzerland).