Roger Van Ouytsel

Roger Van Ouytsel is a Belgian-American painter whose body of work developed over a lifetime of attention to detail, imagination, and spirituality. Van Ouytsel holds an MFA from Academy of Fine Art, Mechelen, Belgium, 1963.

In his own words...
“As a painter, I love to work with color, movement and imagination. When I work with these qualities, I let my intuition and physical energy take over. This is my way of seeking and manifesting a sense of beauty and curiosity.  Often I use raw, textural paint, ink, markers or graphite in ways that let the medium speak.  In choosing content, I’m drawn to explore nature and the human experience of being part of the natural world. As part of this process, I create stories, and while the stories grow out of nature, they speak to issues that can be spiritual, social, historical or even cosmic. They speak to the conscious and unconscious mind.”

“Painting gives meaning to my life because through it, I speak with my own voice, to express how I see life and the world around me.  I enjoy sharing this experience with the public”

Roger Van Ouytsel, CV
CV | Roger Van Ouytsel


1957-63            M.F.A., Academy of Fine Art, Mechelen, BELGIUM
1961-63            Belgian National Institute of Arts and Crafts, Mechelen, BELGIUM
1955-57            State Institute of Technology, Mechelen, BELGIUM

Steering member of the Ohlone Greenway Project, City of Berkeley, CA
Curator,  “Earth’s Alive” show, the California Institute of Integral Studies, at Gallery Imago, San Francisco, CA
Eureka fellowship prize, The Mortimer Fleischhacker Foundation,  San Francisco, CA
Gallery host, Pro-Arts, Oakland, CA
Founder and director of Elcker Ick, People’s University, and founder - program director City Radio Station, Mechelen, BELGIUM   
Advisor to the National Department of Education and Culture, Brussels, BELGIUM
Cultural advisor to  the of City of Mechelen’s “Council of Elders”  for the Arts and Culture, BELGIUM 
Poster Art to promote the release of political prisoners in Chili, Amnesty International, London, U.K.
Coordinator, “Arts in Public Work Places,” Province of Antwerp, BELGIUM
Publisher and President of “Progressief  Comitee for the  Arts,  Mechelen, BELGIUM
Co-founder of the Wereldwinkel , City of Mechelen, BELGIUM
First Prize, City of Mechelen, Province of Antwerp, BELGIUM
First Prize, City of Mechelen, Technical Design in Arts, BELGIUM
First Prize, Belgian Institute  Arts and Crafts, BELGIUM


            2006               La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
            2004               Canyon Road Collection Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
            2001                Osceola Gallery, Emeryville, CA
            1997                New Studio, New Work, Oakland, CA
            1995                Canyon Road Collection Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            1995                Open Studio, Emeryville, CA
            1995                San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, S.F., CA
            1993                New Studio, New Work, Emeryville, CA
            1992                Artworks Gallery, Fair Oaks, CA
            1991                 Artworks Gallery, Fair Oaks, CA
            1989                Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            1988                Alan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
            1987                Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            1986                Jeremy Stone Gallery, “Introductions,” San Francisco, CA
            1983                Iris Too Gallery, Berkeley, CA
            1983                Lynn Kottler Gallery, New York, NY
            1983                Crimson Art Gallery, Oakland , CA
            1981                 Iris Too Gallery, Berkeley, CA
            1962                Kultureel Center, Neder-Over- Heembeek, BELGIUM
            1961                 Le Bois Fleuris, Keerbergen, BELGIUM
            1960               Herten Aas, Mechelen, BELGIUM
            1960               Gallery De Zolder, Kulturelekring, Willebroek,   BELGIUM
            1959                Denbeiaard, Mechelen, BELGIUM


            2010                “Not from Yesterday” Museum of Modern Art   Mechelen,BELGIUM            
            2010                 Urban Space Gallery, Oakland, CA
            2009                Nussbaumer Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            2008                Nussbaumer Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM1
            1999                 Belgium Art from the 60’s and 70’, Cultureel Centrum, Mechelen, BELGIUM
            1995                 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental
     Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            1994                The Gallery, Emeryville, CA
            1993                 “Cultural Diversities,” Nestle Corporation, San
   Francisco, CA
            1991                  John Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
            1991                  Jeremy Stone Gallery, “Five Exceptional Artist”,
          San Francisco, CA
            1990                 Jeremy Stone Gallery, “Selected Acquisitions /
         Recent Work”, San Francisco, CA
            1989                 Francine Ellman Gallery, “Rising Star”, Los Angeles
            1988                 Jeremy Stone Gallery, “The Contemporary  Romantic Landscape”, San Francisco, CA
            1987                 Allan Stone Gallery, “New Talent” New York, NY
            1987                 Jeremy Stone Gallery, “New Space”, San Francisco
            1984                 Iris Too Gallery, Berkeley, CA
            1980                 Kultureel Centrum, Mechelen, BELGIUM
            1979                 Harten Aas, Mechelen, BELGIUM
            1974                 Broodhuis, Brussel, BELGIUM
            1973                 Studio Rik Wauters, Brussel, BELGIUM

Van De Voorde, A.       “Roger Van Ouytsel in Niet van Gisteren”, Museum Cataloge  2010

Baker, Kenneth             “Roger Van Ouytsel at Jeremy Stone”,  The San Francisco Chronicle,  February, 1989

Shere,Charles                “Gallery Artist Mixes Comedy, Skillful Work”,The Oakland Tribune, July 29, 1988

Cohn, Terri                    “Images Diminisheed by Words,” Artweek, Steptember, 1987

Baker, Kenneth              “Painter Gets His Licks With Broad Strokes, The San Francisco Chronicle, September 15, 1987

Green, Blaker                 “Discover Art,” The San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 1987