Born on October 4, 1953 in Brussels (Belgium), Roland Palmaerts comes from a family of painters. He made his apprenticeship surrounded by the paintings of his father and his great-grandfather. At the age of six, he won first prize at the Tintin National Competition. Roland Palmaerts studied at L'Athénée, at the Institute Saint-Luc and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels where he won first prize in watercolor drawing.
His training of para-commando in the Belgian army inculcated to him a very great discipline and a strong endurance as well as a particular human contact. After a first exhibition in 1978, Roland Palmaerts emigrated to Canada in 1980. He first worked as a designer and illustrator at major advertising agencies. For four years he exhibited the fruit of his work as an artist.
Given the success of his exhibitions, in 1984, Roland Palmaerts decided to devote himself exclusively to painting and the didactic aspect of it. Possessing a solid foundation in drawing and oil painting, the artist privileges for twenty years the watercolor as main mode of expression.
Roland Palmaerts has over a hundred exhibits, mainly concentrated in Canada and Europe. He has animated over 125 television shows. He has designed and put on the market several artistic products including two didactic video cassettes translated into four languages. Roland Palmaerts is a member of the Canadian Watercolor Society (S.C.A.), the European Institute of Watercolor (I.E.A.) and was President of the Institute of Figurative Arts (I.A.F.) for five years.
"Twenty years of watercolor have been necessary in order to master the rapidity, the forms, the transparency, the light and some truths that I want to share. "The works presented today are painted with acrylics and testify to new creative cycles for the artist.
Marc de Roussan speaks of it as a creator of exception "Unlike most artists, he does not prepare his paintings before the action. He explores the flow of energy freely deposited on the support and engages in a dialogue in which his emotions, his ideas and his techniques allow him to "serve the work in becoming, rather than enslave" by inscribing, its contours and limits from the birth of the latter.
The symbolism transposed in his musical work allows the artist to pursue and confirm his philosophy, namely "everything is vibration and movement, so music. As an artist, I try first to make the invisible perceptible. I wish we could see the music and hear the paintings. "
Yes Mr. Palmaerts, in Gallery Iris, we hear your paintings and we see your music. As Beaudelaire said in his poem Correspondences "Colors and sounds answer each other ..."