Nicolas Vander Biest | December 2020
Nicolas Vander Biest (b. 1974, Ninove, Belgium) lives and works in Mexico City.
Nicolas has been making art for as long as he can remember. After graduating and working for a few years in the television and advertising industries, he gradually evolved from classical painting to more simplified pictorial languages, where purism and visual simplicity are clear protagonists. Since 2018, almost all his work contains text and has become more and more conceptual. Nicolas says he avoids an intellectual type of conceptualism only understandable to a very specific cultural elite.
Art, to him, has to speak for itself and it does so with a balanced combination of beauty and self-explanatory evidence. To him, beauty lies within the right combination of imperfections, always governed by the rules of simplicity. The best way of Art explaining itself is through words, in a plain, direct and accessible manner. His phrases wander around, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for a few months, maturing until the graphic solution strikes in.
His background in publicity makes him often compare his work to copywriting: a search for that seemingly simple tagline which makes a message not to be misunderstood, even when it has a double meaning. His main goal is to question established theories of language and art, always incorporating humorous connotations and a little bit of his own lived experience.
After finishing his studies in Tridimensional Art & Design at the Royal Art Academy in Gent, Belgium he worked in television, film and advertising. He grew weary of these industries after a few years, so he quitted his job and moved to Mexico City, where he decided to dedicate his life exclusively to artistic creation.