Bart Ramakers grew up on the banks of the river Meuse, in the shadow of the Van Eyck brothers. From childhood, he drew and painted, inspired by the work of the Flemish Masters, opera, Baroque music and epic tales. His photographic tableaux are the product of classical stories and legends. From a contemporary perspective, they tell myths of beauty and power, passion and betrayal, sensuality and brutality, life and death. Often with a slightly ironic, sarcastic or humorous twist.
Bart Ramakers tells stories. Generally with a firm nod to art history, but equally with an emphasis on humanity, connection and solidarity. He reworks classical, mythological and religious themes against the backdrop of more current hotbeds, such as gender issues, climate change, and inequality. Even more interesting: the male-female relationships in his work are often reversed, and the Christian morality of suffering and redemption is replaced by one of pleasure and generous love.