Antwerp, Belgium, 1958.
Multidisciplinary artist, playwright, set director, choreographer and designer. He is well known in the art world for his versatility. He studied at the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Between 1976 and 1980 he wrote his first stage plays and debuted as a choreographer.
Son of a renowned entomologist, the artist is known for his interest in animal shells, beetles and bones, as well as suits of armour, uniforms and appearances.
Between 1976 and 1980 he wrote his first stage plays and debuted as a solo artist. He is well known for expanding the horizons of all genres upon which he fixes his artistic gaze.
During the 'money-performances' function he burned money and wrote the word 'MONEY' with the ashes. In 1977 he renamed the street where he lives "Jan Fabre street " and hung a commemorative plaque reading “Here lives and works Jan Fabre” on his parent’s home, similar to the one that hangs on Vincent Van Gogh’s home on the same street.
In 1978 he started to draw using his own blood during the performance titled My body, my blood, my landscape”. Fabre defends the freedom to use any medium and any procedure. Blood is associated with regeneration and resurrection but is also a symbol of death.
In 1980 he created “The Bic-Art Room”. For three days and three nights he locked himself inside a white cube filled with objects on which he drew with blue Bic pens, creating an alternative to the Big Art Established created in 1986.
He also created Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, a theatre company based in his home in Antwerp.
In 1990 he covered an entire building with drawings made with a pen. He explores the relationship between drawing and painting. He also does bronze sculptures.
He ostentatiously displays what protects him, what separates him, in order to reveal his perception of a universe without borders, where humans, animals and plants all depend on one another.
His work has been exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, at the MAXXI in Rome, etc.
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.
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