Biography

Stefaan De Croock (1982) is a Belgian contemporary artist. After earning a master's degree in fine arts at Sint-Lucas in Ghent, he became a full-time artist in 2011, pushing boundaries ever since. His work is recognized and acclaimed in galleries worldwide - from Miami, Montreal and Mexico City to Stockholm and Bangkok.

At the core of De Croock's work is the essence of time and the exploration of life's transience. He employs materials with symbolic meaning, such as weathered wood, ancient marble, resilient steel and fragile ceramics.

In his quest for artistic meaning, the artist reconfigures primal matter into a broad spectrum of unique portraits. Through these portraits, he re-examines the paradox of what it means to be human. What makes us unique and different, yet equal and alike at the same time?

Life and time shape us all through personal experiences and the stories we construct to remember them. This process inevitably leaves scars, which De Croock finds beautiful, recognizing them as integral to each person's unique journey toward humanity.

The natural aesthetic imprint of the used material reflects and represents the intrinsic and unique history of all that is. This visual result of a slow process harmoniously blends with the figurative reference to the human state of mind and emotion, forming a metaphor for the different personal stories that shape us.

As De Croock states, "The materials hold something magical. They possess a certain spontaneity, impossible to recreate. They show an amazing imprint of everything that ever happened to them. You can 'see' time. It’s a privilege to be able to use it.”

De Croock's art work is a poetic reflection on human experience and the perpetual passage of time. The artist grants these objects a return to the human timeline, connecting their past with a new future, location and purpose for all of us to contemplate and reflect on.

Exhibitions

Current
Solo Exhibition 'In Limbo' – Nosbaum Reding – Brussels – Belgium 

Upcoming
Luxembourg Art Week – Nosbaum Reding – Luxembourg
BRAFA – Nosbaum Reding – Brussels – Belgium
Solo Exhibition – Nosbaum Reding – Luxembourg

2024
Art Brussels – Nosbaum Reding – Brussels – Belgium
Art Paris – Nosbaum Reding – Paris – France
BRAFA – Nosbaum Reding – Brussels – Belgium

2023

Kunstbiënnale Prinsenhof – Ghent – Belgium
Triënnale GIST – Zennevallei – Belgium
Installation – A.I.R. Hektor – Los Valles – Lanzarote
Solo Exhibition 'So Many Signs' – Diskus – Aalst – Belgium

2022
Group show ‘The New Portrait’ – størpunkt gallery for contemporary art – Munich – Germany

2021
Solo Exhibition ‘It’s only a matter of time’ – Musea Brugge – Bruges – Belgium
Group show ‘A Butterfly’s Scream’ – PAK – Psyciatrisch Centrum Sint-Amandus – Beernem – Belgium

2020
Installation ‘Portrait of a human being’ – OMG! Van Eyck was here – Ghent – Belgium

2019
Solo Exhibition ‘One More Day’ – Transfo – Zwevegem – Belgium
Kunstenfestival Watou 2019 – Watou – Belgium
Group show ‘Nie wiem’ – d’Oede Schole – Damme – Belgium
Group show ‘Chambres Separees’ – PAK, platform voor actuele kunsten – Gistel – Belgium
Solo Exhibition ‘Untold’ – JLS Gallery – Mexico City – Mexico
Art Wynwood Fair – Robert Fontaine Gallery – Miami, FL – USA
Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair – Robert Fontaine Gallery – Palm Beach, FL – USA

2018
Art Miami – Robert Fontaine Gallery – Miami, FL – USA
Installation ‘Obrońca’ at the Imperial Shipyard – Gdańsk – Poland
Group show – JLS Gallery – Mexico City – Mexico
Group show ‘Contemporary Transformations’ – Duke Contemporary Art Space – Bangkok – Thailand
Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair – Robert Fontaine Gallery – Palm Beach, FL – USA

2017
Art Miami – Robert Fontaine Gallery – Miami, FL – USA
Annual winter group show – Galleri Christoffer Egelund – Copenhagen – Denmark
Solo Exhibition ‘Out of Sight’ – Ghent – Belgium
Group show ‘There are no limits’ – Curated by Thinkspace at No Limit Boras – Borås – Sweden
Group show ‘Summertime ’17’ – Galleri Christoffer Egelund – Copenhagen – Denmark
Artfair Mural Festival – Montreal – Canada
Group show ‘Anamorphic Portraiture’ – Mirus Gallery – San Francisco, CA – USA
Group show ‘LAX/DTW: Detroit Hustle II’ – Curated by Thinkspace at Inner State Gallery – Detroit, MI – USA
Mural for The Crystal Ship – Ostend – Belgium

2016
Exhibition upcoming artists – The Flanders Informal Summit – Bijloke – Ghent – Belgium
Exhibition (with Stien Bekaert) – ARTBEAT Ghent Festival 2016 – Eskimo Factory – Ghent – Belgium
Group Exhibition – ‘Remix’ – Galerie C.O.A – Montreal – Canada
Installation – Art Truc Troc – Bozar – Brussels – Belgium

2015
Solo Exhibition – Budafabriek at Buda Arts Center – Kortrijk – Belgium
Exhibition curated by Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens – Huis Van Wassenhove – Sint-Martens-Latem – Belgium
Selected for the Christie’s and paddle 8 auction at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens – Deurle – Belgium
Digital artwork – Vooruit Arts Center – Ghent – Belgium
Atelier Bonk – pop-up expo ‘Rue de Flandre’ – Paris – France
Mural and Expo Mechelen Muurt – Mechelen – Belgium
Exhibition ‘Merkemveld’ – private viewing – Bruges – Belgium

2014
Exhibition ‘RASTERS’ – Die Keure – Bruges – Belgium
Exhibition Summer Josephine’s – Antwerp – Belgium
Belgian Pavilion MIPIM – Cannes – France
Mural ‘Wood & Paint’ – London Calling – Bruges – Belgium
Mural – Vooruit & Voka – Ghent – Belgium

2013
Exhibition ‘Ontmaskerd’ – Het Schepenhuys – Oedelem – Belgium
Life Performance Salone Del Mobile – Atelier Bonk – Milan – Italy
Life Performance ITB Berlin – Visit Flanders – Berlin – Germany
Exhibition Kapow Collective – Warmond – The Netherlands
Mural and Expo – Day One Street Art Festival – Luchtbal – Antwerp – Belgium
Mural – HANSEstreetartWORKS – MARTa Museum – Herford – Germany

2012
Co-founder – Designlabel Atelier Bonk (www.atelierbonk.be)
Exhibition De Invasie in residence, Metropolis – Concertgebouw Brugge – Bruges – Belgium
First prize Urban Crafts Award
Selected online auction – Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens – Deurle – Belgium
Exhibition ‘The Wall’ – Strook & Stijn Bastianen – Entrepot – Bruges – Belgium
Exhibition ’60 years O’neill’ – Santa Cruz – United States
Exhibition Kapow Collective – Blankenberge – Belgium
Exhibition ‘Strook’ – Theo Gallery – Antwerp – Belgium
Life Performance Kask- De Invasie van Gent – Ghent – Belgium

2011
Reverse Art installation – Stuk art center – Leuven – Belgium
Exhibition ‘The ART Lounge’ – International Airport Ostend-Bruges – Ostend – Belgium
Life Performance C-mine – De Invasie – Genk – Belgium
Life Performance Belgium Bookfair – Lannoo – Antwerp – Belgium

2010
Exhibition ‘Strook’ – CC Scharpoord – Knokke-Heist – Belgium

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