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Portrait de Samuel Vanderveken
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Samuel Vanderveken (°1982, Bonheiden) is an artist from Brussels, Belgium. 

After his studies graphic design and fine arts/painting in Molenbeek, Ghent and Nottingham, he ended up in Mechelen, where for several years, he was the driving force behind the artistic non-profit association, Opa Malyn. After a recent residency in Leipzig (Germany), where he lived and worked for a year, he ended up in Schaerbeek (Brussels) where he now lives. In his studio in Molenbeek (Brussels) he patiently develops new work and projects.

His practice isn’t about the obvious and repetitive use of the same technique on ever changing subjects, nor does it aspire recognizability. Instead he pursues an intense and deep understanding of the medium of painting, without nourishing the illusion of a final goal. It is rather the road itself, and the energy of the “semper excelsius”, that is his goal. This continuous strive and profound self questioning, gives meaning to an existence that otherwise is absurd and determined: two concepts that are essential in his work. For as diverse in appearance Samuel Vanderveken’s work is, the more convincingly it transfers its message, inspired by the ideas of Camus, Kafka, the world of cartoons and the Taoist philosophy. Life remains an absurd enigma to which none of us know the answer. Just like John Cage, Vanderveken nevertheless prefers “Laughter above tears