Véronique Vanblaere (Véro), a Belgian artist, moved to Birmingham, AL in 1996, where she started and ran Naked Art, a gallery that focuses on non-traditional and functional art. She recently closed it after 20 years to focus full time on her art.
Véro works in several mediums.
Fiber art is a favorite, which includes sewing and creating wearable art, reworking and revamping jackets, dresses, shirts and other clothing with her original drawings on fabric and adding various elements and fabrics to give the garments a new style and life.
She constructs soft sculpture in the form of extravagant hats and luminaries which will often be part of art installations.
She also works in mixed media on paper or canvas which sometimes morphs into much larger projects like murals for commercial establishments or private homes.
Véro writes and directs animation films featuring the characters from her drawings or puppets that she conceives and builds. She and other locals started "Pardon My Puppet", the Birmingham puppet guild, and creates shows for a variety of puppet mediums.
She accepts works on commission.
Her work has been featured at Miami Art Basel, Harvard University and the Cannes Film Festival.