The charcoal drawings of Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde are a fictional autobiography.Van de Velde is one the many talented artists represented by the Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp. His unique work method is laborious and impressive. Van de Velde always starts by building a complete “film set” in his studio, takes a picture of that set, often with himself in it, and then meticulously draws that scene in charcoal on paper or canvas. “My art is an autobiography… of a life I do not have,” says Van de Velde. “I make up a story with myself in the lead role.”

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