PAINTER AND ETCHER
Is André Goezu on a search for kindred souls? Without a doubt! In the voluntary solitude of the graphic artist, working behind closed doors in his studio like a monk artist, surrounded by pens and acids, presses and tubes of paints, Goezu is not after recognition by the masses nor in the tumult of the media and curators. Rather, he is in search of dialogue, the mutual exchange of sensibilities as well as selective affinities.“Wahlverwandtschaften”, “affinités sélectives”. Yet the true osmosis remains material; it is carried out in Goezu’s graphic genius that synthesizes complex techniques such as colour etching, the use of dry point and aquatint. No wonder then that he has succeeded in giving the monotype a completely unique staying power of its own. Goezu likes to play with side- and super-positioning. He makes it clear in an uncommonly direct way that he is about the predominance of the dream over reality, about the simultaneity of hundreds of thousands of lives in the city, about the focusing on past and present.
Frans Boenders, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Art
Painter – Etcher
ANDRE GOEZU was born on July 5, 1939 in Antwerp.-Belgium.
Lives and works in Paris since 1968
1956-1963: Studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp (B).
1963: Laureate of the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
1964 : Set up the etchers group ‘ACID’
1968: Scholarship of the Belgian National Commission of Fine Arts.
1968-1969: Stay at the Studio Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in the “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris.
1981-2000: Visiting Professor at the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp and at the « Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts » in Paris
1987: Co-founder of the “Orde van den Prince” in Paris.
1991: Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Art .
1998: Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium.
1959: Cléomir Jussiant – 1960: Friendship Prize – 1961: Philippe Oppenheimer –
1963: Solidarity Prize –
1967: Prize “White-Black” – Rotary Club, Brussels –
1971: Honorable Mention Prize “Graphic Art” of the Province of Antwerp –
1973: Mention International Prize for Bibliophilic Editions, Diano Marina, Italy.
Laureate Triennial Award for Painting of the Province of Antwerp.
Permanently present in art galleries in Europe – More than 200 Individual exhibitions
Museums and public collections:
Museum of Modern Art, Skopje – Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal – Foundation Enzo Pagani, Milan – Print collection in Brussels, Antwerp and Paris – Rockefeller Art Center, New-York – Department of Flemish Culture, Brussels – Hebraic University, Jerusalem – Foundation René Carcan, Brussels – Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels – BIAC Airport Brussels “Fonds National d’Art Contemporain de l’Etat Français”. Chassé Theater, Breda, Netherlands.
Illustration of bibliophile editions
with text from : Jo Verbrugghen, Jean Ray, John Flanders, Hugues C. Pernath, Emile Verhaeren, Peter Handke, Roger Caillois, Jef Geeraerts, Monika van Paemel, Le Pentateuque, Arthur Rimbaud.
1983: « Atelier », Roland Minnaert, Art Dialogue, Paris.
1985: « Litho », Roland Minnaert, Agfa-Gevaert, France
1999: « Autour de Rembrandt », Jérôme Cassou, TV Paris Première.
2006 : « Land of Imaginary » Pierrick Bequet
1968: ”Atelier André Goezu”, Rein Hauben
1982: « André Goezu », Marcel van Jole, Geneva-Antwerp-Paris.
1992: Catalogue « André Goezu, thirty years of graphic art – An overview »,
Museum Plantin-Moretus, Municipal Cabinet of Print Collection, Antwerp
2000: « André Goezu », Editions Fragments, Villandry, Paris.
2009: „The Sunny Side“ KBC – Kazerne Dossin Mechelen (B)