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Biography

In 1982 he started working with Isy Brachot in Brussels and Paris. Edward Lucie-Smith published a monography on his work and Pierre Restany wrote the tekst for Vanriet’s first exhibition in Paris, l’etat du siege du regard. Vanriet was selected for the Sao Paulo Biennale 1979 and began a long series of exhibitions in California, mostly at the Wenger Gallery in San Diego and later in Los Angeles.

His work is included in the collections of, for example, the Museum of Art in San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla and the Hewlett Packard Corporation in Palo Alto. The Ministry of Dutch Culture published a new monography.
He was appointed Principal of Antwerp’s Hoboken Academy of Art.

After the Venice Biennale (1984) he was envited to participate in the Olympiad of Arts in Seoul. His monumental canvas compte a regler is now in the Museum of Contemporary Art there and in 1980 he was awarded the special prize at the Art Festival, together with John Chamberlain and Mimmo Rotella. In between he stayed twice in New York to work in Bernar Venet’s studio. Commissions for portraits were awarded by Harry Torczyner, the Belgian Parlement and the University of Leuven.

In the context of Antwerp 93 (European Cultural Capital), the Elzenveld Art Centre opened his new gallery areas with a large-scale exhibition of Vanriet’s recent work. This was not his oly contribution to this festival year. He is also responsible for ceiling paintings in the restored Bourla theatre.

Exhibitions in Dublin, Michigan, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Luxembourg.

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