“Painting is not just for beautifying a wall, it is also for questioning.”
Known for his uncluttered landscapes in captivating blues, Hugo Pondz is a Belgian-born painter born in 1975.
A decisive encounter
With a father who was an antique dealer and a mother who handled the brush herself, art has always been very present in Hugo Pondz’ life. However, it was only at the age of 28 that painting became a vocation for him, when he met Jean-Pierre Hubert who introduced him to the surrealist world, to the technique of old-fashioned painting and to the chemistry of colors “that far too many painters leave aside”.
Various influences: from Hopper to Chirico
Among his inspirations, we find in the work of Hugo Pondz the influence of the American painter Edward Hopper as well as that of the Italian Giorgio de Chirico, whose melancholic and minimalist universe marked him young. Affectionate with emptiness, architecture and large spaces, the Belgian artist takes up all of Chirico’s legacy and expresses it according to his own vision. Generally placing a character at the center of his work, he likes to divert his protagonist from certain works, such as personal photographs, to give him another life on his canvases.