Dirk Wagemans was born in 1979 in Belgium.
He studied art in Heverlee and at the Urban Academy of Leuven. Before going to university, he joined several local art exhibitions where he won a few prizes as a young artist.
His university years influenced deeply his art, as he studied History at Università degli Studi di Cagliari in Italy, and International Politics at Catholic University of Leuven, the evolution into more mature and socio politically conscious work was inevitable.
His work became internationally recognized around 2011, and he has been very active in the artistic arena ever since.
Collages painted with raw colors, and bold female forms, characterize his art.
Patterns, attempts to structure his everyday perceptions, usually are threatened by unleashed figures. In his recent work however the patterns are getting stronger. The perceptive viewer will see that the artist balances between the abstract world and his ones so outspoken nudes.
In ‘Cross-legged, 2013’, this finds a provisional conclusion. Still playing with different levels or stages of paint, and the interaction between those, the overall painting is characterized with dynamic lines and movement. You feel something is happening, the image is not ‘gratuity’.
This process to a more determent role from patterns over figures is something quite evident if compared with ‘Red and White nude, 2012’; `For Lounge use only, 2012' or even the early ‘Dollar girl, 2008’.
Dirk, curates and manages the contemporary section of « IAF » a Belgian non profit organization for cultural promotion.