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Guido Vrolix

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Guido Vrolix (born 1961) is a multimedia artist and author in Ghent, Belgium.

Early life[edit]

Guido Vrolix was born in 1961 in Tongeren, Belgium. From the ages of 12 to 17 he attended the town’s newly opened art school after his regular classes. After graduation, he spent much of his young adult years traveling throughout Europe and living in various cities, including Ghent, Paris, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Porto and Cologne, before enlisting in military service in Germany. Upon discharge from the military he spent a further three years in Brussels before returning to Ghent shortly before his thirtieth birthday.[1]


Vrolix’s work includes painting, drawing, set design, sculpture, installation, and video as well as comic books and other formats such as toys and home design. He has experimented with unusual mediums such as oil on artificial fur (the Tapestry series) and enamel on PVC (the SUMI series).[2] In the field of set design, he has been collaborating with Arne Sierens on theatrical pieces since 1997.

Vrolix’s thematic elements include contemplations of sex, love, and death, as well as meditations on isolation and estrangement versus the need for human intimacy.[3] Art reviewer Wim van der Beek; “In his work, banality functions as a kind of helping hand. The use of commonplace materials such as fake fur, enamel and latex seem crude but their use is raised to another level by their unusual applications.”[4] Vrolix quotes novelist Harry Crews in explaining his approach to art production: “Truth of the matter was stories was everything, and everything was stories. Everybody told stories, it was a way of saying who they were in the world.”[5] Vrolix began drawing comics in the 1970s, initially only with pen, then with brush and ink, and later digitally. Vrolix has developed his own personal style within the narrative framework of the graphic novel, experimenting with techniques that he developed in earlier paintings (evident in series such as The Knights and King Noir).[6] He has also published two children’s books: Circus Parade, which he wrote and illustrated, and Scoop, which was written by Arne Sierens and illustrated by Vrolix.

Vrolix’s work has appeared in exhibitions in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, and Singapore.


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