Luc Tuymans was born in 1958 in Mortsel, Belgium. He studied painting and fine art at the Sint- Lukasinstituut in Brussels from 1976 to 1979. He also studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels from 1979 to 1980. From 1980 to 1982 he studied painting at the Koninlijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, returning afterwards to Brussels to earn a degree in Art History at the Vrije Universiteit.
Tuymans first solo exhibitions was at the Palais des Thermes in Ostend in 1985. He has since exhibited extensively in Europe. His work was included in the London exhibitions, “Unbound: Possibilities in Painting”, at the Hayward Gallery and “The Institute of Cultural Anxiety: Works from the Collection”, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Although he is best known for his paintings, Tuymans has also worked in film, photography and, recently, printmaking.