Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is considered one of the most influential painters of his generation. With his muted palette, limited to pale pastel shades with a frequent brown or grey undertone, Tuymans creates small-format pictures of everyday objects, architecture, cropped landscapes and frequently, also mask-like people. By employing this blurry and choppy painting technique, the artist renders pre-existing images from photographs, film and television, of historically charged subject matter. Interested in the mediation and translation of images through mass media, Luc Tuymans often investigates cultural memory of historical events that have had a major impact on human action and thought, such as the two world wars, Belgian colonialism, and 9/11. The Belgian’s artworks are featured in museum collections worldwide, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate, London. Luc Tuymans was born in Mortsel, near Antwerp, in 1958.