Luc Tuymans is considered one of the most significant and influential European painters of his generation. Born and raised in Antwerp, where he still lives and works, Tuymans is an inheritor to the vast tradition of Northern European painting. At the same time, as a child of the 1950s, his relationship to the medium is understandably influenced by photography, television, and cinema. Interested in the lingering effects of World War II on the lives of Europeans, Tuymans explores issues of history and memory. Drawing on imagery from photography, television, and film, his distinctive compositions make ingenious use of cropping, close-ups, framing, and sequencing, offering fresh perspectives on the medium of painting, as well as larger cultural issues.
Luc Tuymans has been working with Zeno X Gallery from 1990 onwards. He has been the focus of numerous retrospectives at various international institutions, including Mucsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest, Haus der Kunst in Munich and the first comprehensive U.S. retrospective at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. Previous major solo shows include those organized by the Tate Modern, London and Moderna Museet, Malmö, amongst many others. Tuymans represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and his works are featured in the collections of prominent institutions worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and Tate Gallery in London.