Born in 1954, Mark Van Crombrugge took 6 years of lessons at the St Lukas Institute in Brussels (1969-1975), after which he also worked in K.I.K. in Brussels (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage), where he followed a one-year course in restoration and conservation methods (1979 – 1980).
From 1981 to 1994 he worked as a designer, illustrator and photographer in Brussels in the audio-visual sector.
From 1993 he was able to express his creativity mainly in the advertising world, especially the illustration. From the early 1990s he illustrated for large agencies, such as The Artbox in Brussels, Top Drawers in Amsterdan and Meiklejohn in London. In Belgium he made illustrations for countless advertising campaigns and packaging, such as Danone, Mr Proper, ING, Nutroma, Spa, Delhaize, etc …
At the end of the 1990s, the traditional advertising illustration was almost completely supplanted by its digital version and photography. It obliged him to take various jobs, in addition to further developing in digital image processing and photo retouching, but in the end he fully committed himself to the traditional oil painting technique on panel, which he taught himself and further refined in 2009. About During that period, the series of photo-realistic painted still lifes that he made and finished in late 2015.
Mark Van Crombrugge mostly works in themes. Not only still lifes, but also sea and beach scenes, a series about dancers and other themes are discussed. In 2016 he is also realizing a series of portraits. Due to the enormous experience gained in a life of drawing and painting, he can effortlessly use various techniques with each other and with each other, always with an eye for quality and durability. Craftsmanship is central, in addition to an artistic experience.
From advertising illustrator he has grown into an artistic painter, with the same eye for detail as before, but adding an extra dimension that surpasses the external beauty with verve.
“I still believe in external beauty, but it is no longer just the external beauty of the objects or the subject itself, but the beauty of the same objects in relation to the essence of their content. Depicting this always remains a challenge and a reason to proceed to”.
His early work has been shown both solo and in groups (London, Nice, Goteburg, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, New York, Ghent).
The reuse of his work on greeting cards, posters and other printed matter is coordinated by Meiklejohn London.
Ric Michel Fine Art represents his work in New York.
In the Netherlands he is represented by Galerie Pictura, Aijen..