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Gregie De Maeyer

Gregie De Maeyer (1951-1998) was a pioneer in Flemish children’s and young adult literature. In 1976 De Maeyer broke through as an illustrator alongside author Henri Van Daele. The two formed an unbeatable duo. From 1985 he also began to create books on his own, and soon started receiving major prizes. In 1993 he published Cycling, which marked a major transition from his colourful, cheerful style to rough line drawings in ink and an intensity in both text and image. The switch was met with appreciation and earned him the Flemish State Prize for Youth Literature. De Maeyer continued to experiment right up until his premature death and left an unmistakable legacy as an innovative illustrator, writer and designer.

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