Born in Turnhout, Belgium, in december 1966. Married to Siska Goeminne, author of children's books. Father of 4 children, living in Leuven, Belgium.

Educated as architectural engineer, he started painting at SLAC in Leuven under the supervision of Hilde Overbergh, Katelijne LaroyWannes Lecompte, Harlinde De Mol and Quinten Ingelaere.

 

Most of his paintings are inspired by abandoned buildings. As a result of his education he likes to start from images of the built environment. But where architecture typically strives to design and construct buildings for eternity, his paintings focus on the fact that time in the end always brings back everything to its orginal state. In his way of painting Staf wants to evoke that atmosphere of downfall and destruction. It is not his aim to represent the image correctly, quite the opposite. A shallow and rough brush technique ougth to display a snapshot of the decay, before the total vanishing.

EDUCATION

​Master in Architectural Engineering, KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium

Painting at SLAC, Leuven - Hilde Overbergh

EXHIBITITIONS

Kunstroute Leuven, May 2019

Kunstroute Leuven, May 2018

’t Zien Mechelen, solo exhibition, March 2018

De grens voorbij, Prosperos Vaalbeek, group exhibition, 2017

Rodin inspireert, Leuven, group exhibition, 2017

Kunstroute Leuven, May 2017

OPEK Leuven, solo exhibition, July-August 2016

De Drukkerij Kessel-lo, solo exhibition, May 2016

Prosperos Vaalbeek, group exhibition, 2015

SLAC Leuven/Cypres, group exhibition laureates, June 2015

ATELIER

Koning Albertlaan 27, B-3010 Kessel-Lo, Belgium.

CONTACT

roelsstaf@gmail.com