Biography Manuel Vermeire
Manuel Vermeire was born in Chiusdino (Siena) on July 12th 1987, the son of Belgian parents who had moved to Italy a few years earlier. He has completed his secondary education arts study at the Istituto d’Arte Duccio di Buoninsegna in Siena, obtaining the Maturità Artistica in July 2007.
At that point he decided to direct his artistic efforts towards the traditional graphic techniques of engraving and printmaking. He was awarded a scholarship that enabled him to enroll at the internationally renowned institute Il Bisonte in Firenze, Italy. This allowed him to gain a profound insight into techniques as etching, aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint and burin engraving. His teachers were Rodolfo Ceccotti, Manuel Ortega and Vincenzo Burlizzi. For the full calender year of 2008 he remained engaged in this very intensive training course (1400 hours) which resulted in the diploma of ‘Qualifica Professionale di Incisore-Stampatore’, recognized by the region Toscana.
Having acquired this sound technical knowledge basis he went to stay with the Cork Printmakers in Cork, Ireland, one of the eminent professional printmaking workshops in Europe.
GENT, BELGIUM: KUNST IN DE BURGSTRAAT – 8 to 16 december 2006. 12 pencil drawings and woodcut prints exhibited at Europabank, Burgstraat 170, Gent. At the end of the exhibition the auction house DVC sold his drawing Il pescatore di memorie to an anonimous bidder. The money went to a charity, the Kinderkankerfonds of the University of Gent.
COLLE VALDELSA, ITALY, ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE MINO MACCARI – In july 2007 he won first prize in the Concorso Mino Maccari per la Satira Grafica in Colle Valdelsa, Italy, with an original drawing on the theme of the mass media.
CINCINNATI, OHIO, RED TREE GALLERY – He was invited to take part in the international exhibition “A Small Glimpse: Life from the perspective of artists all over the world” : the show ran from September 8th through October 4th, 2008: www.redtreegallery.net
FIRENZE – ARCHIVIO STORICO DEL COMUNE DI FIRENZE: “INCISIONI: MOSTRA ALLIEVI 2008”, Palazzo Bastogi, Via dell’Oriuolo 35, Firenze, November 21st to December 15th, 2008, a collective exhibition of 8 contemporary graphic artists who have completed the professional qualification course at Il Bisonte, International School of graphic Arts, Firenze, Italy. Catalogue with introduction by Lucia Bassignana.
PARIS – RUEIL-MALMAISON: SALON DE L’ESTAMPE 2009 de l’Association Graver Maintenant: from 5 to 25 march 2009 he participates in the exposition “Mise à Jour” in the Ermitage, Rueil-Malmaison, Paris.
CORK – THE LAVIT GALLERY: His prints are available at the longest established art gallery in Cork, Ireland.
MAGNÉ (NIORT, FRANCE): Participation in the first ‘Biennale de l’Estampe’ held from May 29th to June 9th 2009 at the cultural center “Le Four Pontet” at Magné.
He finds inspiration in the works of great artists from the past, such as Albrecht Dürer, Ugo da Carpi, Aubrey Beardsley, Maurits Escher, Jacob De Gheyn and Hendrik Goltzius and of contemporary artists such as Kathleen Lindsley.
The following drawings were published in METIS, Il giornale di Siena città aperta, a monthly city magazine: Orologio universale, Naufragio in città, Indovina chi porto a cena, Tetti, Liberi dalle catene, Le vacanze di Oscar, Castello Claeys Gent.
Public and private collections:
His works are in the collection of the ‘Museo dell’Incisione’, Palazzo dei Paleologi, Acqui Terme, Italy; the collection of the ‘Internationaal Ex-Libris Centrum Sint Niklaas’ in Belgium; the collection of the French society ‘Graver Maintenant’; the collection of the Museum Florean (Engraving Salon Carbunari) in Baia Mare, Romania; the collection of the ‘American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers’ and the collection of the ‘Asociaciòn Mexicana de Exlibris’. His works are in private collections in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Australia and the United States.
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