Collages combined with raw colors and female forms characterize the works of Dirk Wagemans. He often uses popular events or personal experiences as an inspiration to create his works. They are footprints of the life he leads.
Patterns, attempts to structure his everyday perceptions, usually are threatened by unleashed figures.
The motive of Vanitas often returns in his works, standing both for vanity and ephemerality. The people in his paintings seem to suffer from status fear.
Dirk was born in July of 1979 in the city of Leuven (Belgium). He studied art and before going to university, he joined several local art exhibitions where he won a few prizes as a young artist.
Besides his art education, he has university degrees in History, International Politics, Geography and Management. During his university years in Belgium and Italy, his art evolved to become more mature and socio politically conscious.
Many of his works are now owned by private collectors around Europe and in Central America.
Since 2011, Dirk Wagemans has being very active as an artist, exposing his works in important European venues (Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna and Barcelona) and also in Miami, New York and Tel Aviv. During 2018 and towards 2019 he will extend his scope with a program of exhibitions in Asia.
Dirk Wagemans is also active in the “International Art Forum”, a Belgian non-profit society that promotes cultural exchange and gives young artists an artistic platform; he leads the contemporary art section of the forum.