Born in Zwijndrecht (Belgium), lives in Antwerp (Belgium).
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, the 'stage-name' of Hugo Heyrman, (born in Zwijndrecht, 1942), is a leading Belgian painter and new-media artist. He lives and works in Antwerp.
Artist Dr. Hugo Heyrman occupies a unique position in the world of art. When we survey his full 40-year career in art, we are confronted with an oeuvre continually marked by pioneering acts. To start with, during the 1960s he worked together with Panamarenko to introduce performance- and conceptual art and actions to the Belgian scene. Ahead of their time, they were trendsetting artistic projects - for instance, having an auto-free city center - within the framework of what was often an ecological critique.
Or again, at the beginning of the Seventies, when he led the way with video art. Some will associate his name with the first digital experiments in art-land, but perhaps are not aware that despite his involvement in these diverse media he still continues to describe himself as a painter. Even in his painter's palette, right from the outset we recognize that filmic zoom-mode that came to exercise such influence upon an entire generation of Flemish painters in the 1990s. And when today he enjoys worldwide fame both in the world of academia (with his acute analysis of synesthesia, for example) and in the booming alternative 'web-world' of young digital artists, none would necessarily suspect that omnipresent painter's intuition.
Starting from a lucid artistic thought process, he consistently plays with the potentialities of diverse media to repeatedly provide new stature to what is the essence of representation: the abstraction of each representation. The oeuvre of Dr. Hugo Heyrman makes a statement on the poetics of painting, on perceptual thought, and on the calling into question of the truth of images.
>Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen, Panamarenko, Yoshio Nakajima, KYRPWWAWAX - Happening in een heerlijke nieuwe stad IV, 1965.Happening.
> Panamarenko, Wout Vercammen, Yoshio Nakajima, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, KYRPWWAWAX, International Happening News, Happening in een heerlijke stad IV [KYRPWWAWAX, International Happening News], 1965.Poster, black ink, pink paper, 28 x 44 cm.
> Panamarenko, Wout Vercammen, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Yoshio Nakajima, Nu Happening van een bezette stad III [Now Happening of an Occupied City III], 1965.Poster, blue ink, paper, 29 x 18.5 cm.
> Panamarenko, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Feltra , 1966.Object, styropor, felt, 180 x 115 x 130 cm.
>Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Panamarenko, IJsblokkenactie [Ice Block Action], 1968.Happening.
>Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Kunstmatig Landschap - maquette van ruimte en tijd [Artificial landscape], 1968.Sculpture, styropor covered with coloured felt (attached with pins), 150 x 200 x 20 cm.
> Exhibition: De première van de hersenexpansie in kleuren! [The première of the brain expansion in color!]. .
> Exhibition: INBOX: Wout Vercammen – A well-considered idea of an exhibition in 3 parts, 1950-1970. 11 December 2014 - 11 January 2015.
> Exhibition: Panamarenko – An overview 1965-1985. 17 June 1989 - 23 July 1989.
> Exhibition: Panamarenko Posters. 19 December 2008 - 18 January 2009.
> Exhibition: Panamarenko Universum. 03 October 2014 - 29 March 2015.
> Exhibition: Visite - Kunstenparcours 'Touching Textiles'. 28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.
> Ensemble: Affiches [Posters].
> Ensemble: Happenings & Collages.
> Ensemble: Silent Objects.
> Ensemble: Stichting Gordon Matta-Clark.
> Ensemble: What's New?.
> Ensemble: Workstation Biekorfstraat.