Jean-Michel Folon - De zee, die grote beeldhouwer
About the statue:
About the Artist:
Was born in Ukkel and died in Monaco. Besides sculptor, he was also a draughtsman, painter, aquarellist, etcher, lithographer, designer of tapestry and posters, a filmmaker, a maker of cartoons, décor designer for theatres and operas, maker of mosaics and stained-glass windows.
He is one of the people who epitomised Belgian art in the 20iest century.
In 1960, he showed his works to an audience for the first time. France was however not interested. He sent his works to several magazines in America. The New Yorker, Horizon and Esquire published his work without ever meeting Jean-Michel. His work was exhibited on the anniversary of the MoMA in New York and at the Venice Biennale in 1970. These exhibitions were Jean-Michel's debut. He is internationally well-known for his isolated characters that are often staged in absurd situations.
His main source of inspiration is the insensitive and harsh world, transformed by his poetic gift and his subtle, but sometimes stinging humour. As a child, he spent his holidays in Knokke. He died of leukaemia at age 71 in Monaco.