Biography Born in Brussels on July 7, 1959, Pascal Demeester is a contemporary visual artist who lives and works in New York. He is the son of Monique Buts and architect Victor Demeester. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in painting, drawing and photography from the School of Graphic Research (ERG) based in Brussels, Belgium. For four years, he studied under the tutelage of writer, professor and art critic Pierre Sterckx and also learned photography techniques from photographer Jacques Vilet. Demeester has since applied his creativity to personal works as well as to commissioned fashion and commercial visuals for over 20 years. Pascal Demeester grew up in a family of artists. The nephew of Belgian sculptor Marcel Arnould, he regularly visited Arnould’s studio workshop as well as that of his aunt’s, painter Renée Demeester, alongside whom he developed his artistic talents. His uncle was part of the Phases group, a surrealist collective, whose circle of artists included Marcel Marïen, Marcel Lecomte, Achille Chavée, Jacques Lennep and Jean Coquelet, to name a few. His childhood in the countryside of Ittre, a Belgian province, profoundly shaped his body of work. He builds cabins in the forest whose location he also uses as a source of inspiration to draw and photograph. Early Netherlandish painters, sometimes referred to as ‘Flemish Primitives,' also deeply influenced his work. Pascal Demeester’s breadth of work spans across photography, from black-and-white film to color. His photoshoots in the forest almost become performance - in fact, Pascal Demeester will not hesitate to spend long hours in the forest in spite of extreme weather conditions. He also expresses himself through illustrations, sculpture and most recently, video art. Several authors and renowned art critics have lent insight into his artistic work. Pierre Sterckx notably said: “The photographs of Demeester have a fresh quality to them like first tries which, paradoxically and casually, harken to the pasts of the photo and painting.” In the daily newspaper Libre Belgique ("The Free Belgium"), Jacques Meuris describes him as an artist “outside the bounds of the contemporary [...] whose approach is decisive.” The philosophy of photographer Henri van Lier places Demeester “on the Neo-Baroque wave.” His artwork has been featured in exhibitions: Elaine Benson Gallery (East Hampton, New York), Verve Gallery (Santa Fe), Contretype (Brussels).