Michael Borremans, Black Mould / The Badger's Song (2015). Courtesy LUXUO.
Michaël Borremans is a Belgian artist whose oeuvre is as mesmerising as it is mysterious, and as a human being, as delusional as geniuses get. Sitting down with Art Republik, Borremans tell us that he has a country studio especially for guests, equipped with a wood-fired sauna, and a bathroom, which he proudly designed himself, made of marble and mirror - 'it is decadence,' Borremans boasts. Already, true to his paintings, we are at once awestruck yet uneasy.
Borremans was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, and currently lives and works in Ghent. In 1996, he received his M.F.A. from Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Campus St. Lucas, in Ghent. As an artist, Borremans currently specialises in painting with a technical command of the medium that recalls classical painting, reminding one of the Old Masters such as Francisco Goya, while at the same time having started out in drawing, and recently experimenting with film.