Michaël Borremans was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium. He trained in the middle of the 1990s at the Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst in Gand. Borremans’s paintings are filled with elements that disturb the viewer: with an iconography that recalls an indefinite past and a palette of neutral colours, Borremans creates an austere, silent and dimly lit world, in which everything takes on a disturbing dimension. His pictorial universe is filled with faces and hands covered with paint, as if they were bound in a second skin; clothes worn back to front; and hooded heads that inhabit an unrecognisable space and time. Although principally known for his paintings, Borremans also creates video pieces in which the slow flow of images evokes the anguished atmosphere of his paintings.