Belgium may be a little country but we have a lot of heritage. With this point of view I started a series of portraits about icon figures linked to Belgium. From iconic athletes to world famous figures.
All with the purpose of showing people that we're maybe small but nevertheless we have left a big mark on history.
Tigra girl is the face of the cigarette brand Tigra, her real name is Angelina Saey. As iconic the face was for the brand, there is very little know about her personal life.
She lived a reclusive life, she died at an age of 46 but the cause remains a mystery.
Eddy Merckx or the Cannibal thanks his name to the fact he couldn't stand anybody else to win a race other than him. He won eleven Grand Tours, and all five
of the monuments and he even became three World Championship titles. Nowadays he's still considered one of the most successful riders of all time
Le Grand Jacques
Le Grand Jacques better known as Jacques Brel is one of the many great musicians raised in Belgium. Brel is most
famous for his French chansons even though he made a couple of hits in Dutch. Besides making music he was one of the first
French speaking singer-songwriter who tried out film directing.
Audrey Hepburn is know as an actress and fashion icon, she's even been called the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood
but what a lot of people maybe don't know she was born in Brussels. Her career could have been a lot different, as she
had trained to become a dentist-assistant.
The man behind the apple, Rene Magritte is mostly know for his surreal oeuvre but he was so much
more, it is known that he made forgeries of pieces by the likes of Picasso. Quite a bold move I would say. He started out as a wallpaper painter until with the financial help of his older brother he finally became a fulltime painter.
He even became the face of the 500 Belgian francs bill for a while.