Patrick Gerola was born in Brussels in 1959. His mother was a painter, and he has spent his life in an artistic environment since his earliest youth. He studied at the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, and for two years he was a member the ballet company « l’Ensemble » in « Mudra » under de direction of choreographer Micha Van Hoecke, director of the school of Maurice Béjart.
In 1983, he discovered Japan. He established his studio there and very soon achieved great success.
Both continents inspire his “al fresco” technique. He makes his own paints. They are based on pure pigments, to which he adds a modern touch by mixing them with resin. This makes his pictures transparent, and gives them a very luminous character.
His work also reflects the generosity and sensitivity of the artist.
Patrick Gerola draws great inspiration from light and from nature. The artist can paint his pictures on an easel, but also produces monumental and parietal works. As he paints other subjects such as fields of beautifully coloured flowers, his body language turns into a form of dance. Under the influence of the music that accompanies him while painting, he slashes and sweeps patches saturated with paint around like a Zen gardener wielding a rake.
- Artistic Painter from Brussels…
- Living and working in two very different cultures - the European and the 0riental - Patrick GEROLA continuously seeks to express the symbiotic Life Force that both cultures share.
The subtleness of the Japanese paintbrush, the richness of the light and the historic landscapes of Japan come together in his work with an abundance of the ambience of European art.
- ●Study at the Brussels Royal Art Academy
●Worked at the Maurice BEJART School with Micha Van Hoecke (Artistic Director of the Maurice Bejart School and Choreographer of the company “L’ensemble”) (1981)
- Living and working in Japan…
- ●Leaves Brussels in 1983 to live and work in Japan.
●Produced the artistic decoration for the French Pavilion at the Universal Exposition in Tsukuba in 1985.
●Founder of Paxo studio, a company created in 1988 with the vision of bringing painters, musicians, dancers and innovating artists together.
●Creates, together with artists of Paxo Studio, paintings and frescos in Taiwan, Rome and Japan for public and private expositions.
●Works since 1989 in his atelier in Kamakura, famous for its history and rich culture.
- Cultural Mediator between Europe and Japan…
- ● Exhibits at the Belgian fairs of Osaka and Nagoya, at the time of the passage of S.A.R. the Prince Philippe (1994)
●Acquisition by the Belgian State “Kamakura in full bloom” Embassy of Belgium, Japan (1998)
●Organises a Belgian fair in a 4000 ㎡ dome in Numazu, broadcast live on TV, where 20.000 people visited during 3 days (1999).
●Produces and distributes “Japonida”, a CD of three songs with the singer Tomomi Hida (1999).
●Decorates and animates the festivals honoring the King of Belgium (every November 15th) at the Belgian Residence of Tokyo (from 1998 to 2001)
●Hosts H.R.H. Prince Lorentz and Princess Astrid of Belgium on a private visit to his atelier in Kamakura (2000).
●Paints a 12㎡ painting for the Helena Berthelius dance company for their production, “Les Yeux du Ciel”, in Tenerife (2000).
●Cited as “Citizen of Honour” of the commune of Forest (Brussels) in 2003 for his cultural contributions.
●Works since 2003 in his atelier in Numazu.
●Commissioned to paint 12 paintings for the catamaran “Douce France” (2004).
●His art is used by a Japanese company for the packaging and branding of cosmetic products (2005).
●Retrospective at the Mercian Karuizawa Art Museum in Japan (2005).
●Paints a 20 ㎡ painting for the presentation “Japonida” on June 14, Belgian Day of the Aichi World Fair, at the time of Prince Philippe’s visit (2005).
●Exhibits at the Imperial Villa of Numazu in Japan (2006)
●Of work “Matsuri”, at the Diamond Museum of the province of Antwerp (2005-2011).Exposition.
●Creation of silk scarves (2006).
●Performs painting with diamonds for the evening of Charity “Sherill Blossom” in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamadonomya (2006).
●Creats ten 2.20 meter hight painted sculptures (2008)
●Finishes the 9㎡“Creation” (2009) and a 2,20 m high painted sculpture (2010) permanently exposed at the Brussels Airport of Belgium.
●Produces and distributes an album of 12 songs with his partner, singer Tomomi Hida (2010).
●His work is represented at the Belgian Embassy in Tokyo, a painted sculpture “Washi”, part of the collection of the Kingdom of Belgium (2010).
●Works since 2011 in his atelier in Damme (Brugge) in Belgium, famous for its history.
●Acquisition by the Belgian State, INASTI, Belgium (2016).
●Hosts S.A.R. Prince Laurent on the occasion of Brussels Japan Night at Philippe Lescrenier, the elegant boutique of the famous furniture designer.
●Produces a painted sculpture, (Order of the Tourist Office Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium) for All Nippon Airways, ANA, Japan (2015).
●Sets up his studio in Tokyo in 2016.
●Acquisition “Bouquet” by the Belgian State, Embassy of Belgium, Japan (2016).
●Hosts Mr. Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels Region, at the Satsu Gallery Tokyo (2016).
●Retrospective at Ikeda Museum 20th Century of Art (2016).
●Acquisition by Ikeda Museum 20th Century of Art, Japan (2016).
●Creates a 2.20 meter in height painted sculpture for the inauguration of a magnificent Brussels flower carpet at Roppongi Hills on the occasion of the Brussels Days, honoring the 150 years of friendship between Belgium and Japan (2016).
●Exhibits at Shanghai Art Fair 2017, China.