Born in 1953 in Brussels (Belgium), Roland Palmaerts comes from a family of painters. He did his apprenticeship surrounded by paintings by his father and great-grandfather. At the age of six, he won first prize in the Tintin National Competition. Roland Palmaerts studied at L'Athénée, the Institut Saint-Luc and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he won the 1st prize for watercolour drawing.
His para-commando training in the Belgian army instilled in him a 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 for major advertising agencies. For four years, he exhibited extensively the fruit of his work as an artist.
In 1984, in the face of the success of his exhibitions, Roland Palmaerts decided to devote himself exclusively to painting and the didactic aspect of it. With a solid base in drawing and oil painting, the artist preferred watercolour as his main mode of expression for twenty years.
Roland Palmaerts is a member of the Canadian Watercolor Society (S.C.A.), the European Watercolor Institute (I.E.A.) and was president of the Institute of Figurative Arts (I.A.F.) for five years.
He humbly says it took him twenty years of watercolour to master the speed, shapes, transparency, light and some truths that he wanted to share. The works presented today are painted with acrylics and bear witness to new creative cycles for the artist.