// Wim Maes Portrait

Wim Maes finds, cuts and replaces images in order to recreate new, intense stories. His collages are melancholic, almost heavy. The spectator is expected to open his mind to feel the deeper meaning. Even when the image seems to speak for itself, often it’s surprising what the viewer will discover. Sometimes the title is necessary to understand the deeper meaning, but once revealed, one will be overwhelmed by hidden details, hidden stories. Wim’s personal emotions are always present in his work. Each collage is a search to find the perfect combination. Always using images from the same era, playing with composition and tension, results in an equilibrium of black and white, silence and story, surprise and recognition, illusion and insight.

Text by Daan Anthuenis and Gudrun Somers

// Wim Maes / vita

1970 born in Sint-Niklaas/ B

Currently lives and works in Burcht, Belgium.


2015 Find and Replace, Temse/ B
Pas n’importe Quoi, Brasschaat/ B


2017 Dark Rooms – photography and beyond, PAK – Platform voor Beeldende Kunst, Gistel/ B
‘Obscurely Prophetic’, Delphian Gallery, London/ UK
Un espace privilégié, dédié à un rituel contemporain Exposition d’ART, Concept Fred Michiels, Administration Communale de Sambreville, Auvelais/ B
2016 Exit 11 Grand Leez/ B
2015 Bozar de L’Aboittoir, Tamines/ B
Bozar de L’Aboittoir, Bergen aan zee/ NL
2014 Bozar de L’Aboittoir, Tamines/ B


2015 Collage Minimal First Price/ B