1954, Lille, Belgium
Lives and works in Nijlen, Belgium
Walter Van Rooy has been fascinated by visual arts since his youth. After studying graphic arts, he followed painting at the academies of Ghent and Antwerp. In the late seventies he founded his own art gallery "Ruimte Z" and was one of the founders of the contemporary Antwerp art scene.
In 1981 he received the Prize 'Perspektieven' (now Jeune Peinture Belge) for his work "Modern Times" for which he got his inspiration from a trip in the former Soviet Union. Recently he made a reinterpretation of this series. Later he made a series of works called "Signs" and he exhibited at Zeno X in Antwerp.
Walter Van Rooy has greatly contributed to the development of the Antwerp modern art scene. During many years he paused his artwork and eclipsed himself from it, as a reaction to the commercial and superficial tendencies at the times. He started to paint again several years ago, enriched with new live experiences and matured views on things.