Wim Legrand

Born 1978 in Belgium

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Legrand's work offers a playful take on the paradoxical strangeness of everyday reality, while commenting on our postmodern condition as victims to the barrage of information and news feeds. Mundane and forgettable objects usher the familiar into peculiar allegorical narratives, where past blurs with present and fact with fiction – setting scenes in a liminal zone, in the unfettered “now” of a dream, meanings just out of reach and continually open to interpretation. He combines painting with drawing, cartoons and pop culture with aesthetic references to North European history painting and Surrealist traditions – the post-modern world overlaid onto the art historical atmosphere in which he was raised.

To date, Legrand has held solo shows in Belgium and South Africa and has participated in numerous group exhibitions across the globe. His most recent accolades include a group exhibition in Shanghai and a residency at Belgium’s renowned Frans Masereel Center. During 2023, he had his first Solo Exhibition: While you were sleeping, held in The Netherlands.

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1978 -
Nationality: Belgian
Residence: Cape Town, South Africa