|l’Ancien Presbytère de Troniac| Workshop Stefaan Eyckmans|
Stefaan is born in Niel, a former village of brickyards in the shadow of Antwerp. As a son of the painter and commercial artist Louis Eyckmans, he comes in touch with the tools of painting and drawing from an early age on. His father will remain his great teacher and mentor throughout his life. During his student days Stefaan is strongly influenced by the Flemish Primitives, the 17th century still life painters and the Antwerp hyperrealist movement led by Willem Dolphyn. Still later, the more impasto technique of the Dutchman Henk Helmantel and the austere compositions of the Italian Giorgio Morandi leave their traces in his work.