Walter LeBlanc

1932 - 1986 · Belgium

Artist biography

Best known for his Kinetic and OP Art pieces Walter LeBlanc pushed the limit by utilising non-traditional materials and light as his mediums. A life spent experimenting and innovating, LeBlanc investigated ways to paint without paint, thus introducing the use of tightened and twisted threads and ribbons in his works to create patterns and shapes. Above all else LeBlanc was interested both in motion and the illusion of it employing vinyl, cotton threads, plastic ribbons, and latex to create ray-like structures that radiated movement.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1932, he studied drawing and advertising at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts as well as colour harmony at the School of Applied Arts. In time he began exhibiting with the ZERO Group, a union of artists he would work alongside for the rest of his life.

LeBlanc’s influential work saw much acclaim both throughout his life and after his untimely death in 1986. He enjoyed his first solo exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 1961, and took part in the 35th Venice Biennale in 1970. By 1974 he was appointed Knight of the Order of Leopold II. His works have been present in all recent ZERO exhibitions in many major institutions including but not limited to New York City’s Guggenheim.

Walter LeBlanc

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