Born in 1969 in Turnhout, Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
In films, sculptures, watercolors, installations, and works of theater and opera, Hans Op de Beeck combines minimalist gestures with elaborate orchestrations of surrealistic narratives. Op de Beeck rarely includes color in his figurative works, choosing instead to render his fictions in black, white, and grey as a kind of optical subterfuge that exposes undertones and shadows to surface realities. Op de Beeck’s works use cinema’s promise of escape from the normal circumstances of daily existence to create opportunities to see familiar subjects in a new light. In suspended scenes of meditative concentration, respite, or sleep, Op de Beeck invites audiences to join in quiet contemplation of possibilities outside their everyday experiences.