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Nico Vrielink was born in 1958 in Reusel in the south part of the Netherlands as the son of a glassblower and it was his father who saw the talent in him. He was educated at an academy of arts in Belgium and he went there at the young age of 10 years only. Staying there for 7 years, he built himself a solid base as an artist in the years to come.
Vrielink had a tremendous urge to paint and energy to spare. getting up at 5 in the morning with loads of coffee he worked long days, 7 days a week. But art travels easy and Holland became to small for him to live in, so in 1989 he decided it was time to move to France and he bought his first castle in the south, not far from Spain. In this house they lived for 5 years before moving to a huge apartment in Montpellier, when he had at the same time 2 apartments in Antwerp, Belgium. After 2 years of city life ( he couldn't barbecue there…) , he bought himself a 14th century castle in Burgundy, lived there for 9 years and then had his eyes set on a small island in Asia : Bali , Indonesia. Although meanwhile separated from his wife, he still continues to live there with his Koma.
Meanwhile realism in his work is getting less and less important and the story behind it more superior. Happenings, experiences evaluated within a painting.
Nico Vrielink's universe is supported by granite columns: fundamental values and passions which, as far as balance and interconnections are concerned, are in perpetual motions. Vrielink performs his "balancing act" in the company of a permanently restless midriff and an insatiable desire for new experiences. It would be misrepresentation to characterize Vrielink solely as a superior artist.
He certainly is that, but it is only one part of Vrielink "complex". His authentic business sense, his overwhelming production , his irrepressible urge to move from place to place, his colossal hedonism , his monumental love for people - all of these descriptions, including many overblown adjectives, are linked to the personality of this artist.
Vrielink paints as he lives and visa versa : intensely and extravagantly.
Images: Nico Vrielink
Credits: Nico Vrielink