As a teenager, Rinus Van de Velde dreamed of following in the footsteps of his avant-garde art heroes. The only problem? He quickly realized he was more of a routine-loving homebody than a rebellious hedonist. In Antwerp, we meet the wild child who never was—and hear how art allows him to lead a double life.
Back when Rinus Van de Velde was an ordinary teenager living in an ordinary village in rural Belgium, he saw something on television that would change what happened next. It was a biopic of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the prodigiously talented enfant terrible of New York’s ’80s art scene. “I realized that, apart from all the normality I saw [here], this was also a way that you could lead your life, ” Van de Velde, who now lives in Antwerp, recalls. Born
Photography:Marsý Hild Þórsdóir
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