The Illness of P. (K. von S.) or the Tragical End of Silence
(with Reiner going to the Horses of Knokke)
200 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas
1988 - 1989
Pjeroo Roobjee (1945)
Pjeroo Roobjee, a pseudonym for Dirk De Vilder, is a Flemish artist who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent, where he was born in 1945. He later attended the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam (NL).
Roobjee works as a painter, draftsman, graphic artist, actor, author, theater director, entertainer and singer. His plastic as well as his literary works have earned him many awards, notably Le Prix de la Jeune Peinture. He was a laureate of the Leo J. Kryn Prize for his debut novel De Nachtschrijver and in 1984 received the Eugène Baie Prize. In 1994, he was awarded the Louis Paul Boon Prize, the Ark Prize of the Free Word in 1998 and in 2004 was a laureate of the Culture Award of the city of Ghent for the ensemble of his literary work.
Roobjee was a co-founder of the Ghent branch of the Kabouter movement in 1970, for which he participated as a leader in the municipal elections. From the early 1970s, he actively wrote in various literary genres. His play Ubu Kaka Pipi premiered in 2000 at the Gravensteen in Ghent and was published by Theater Taptoe. The theater group De Verrukking played his Omhelzingen the same year. In 2011, Roobjee made his debut as an actor in the animated film De Veer van César, a melancholic reverie about an orphan toy dealer.
In 2019, Pjeroo Roobjee received the VUB Literature Prize.
His plastic work revolves around painting and drawing, where he expresses his passion for freedom across artistic forms, revisiting European history, its great master painters, and its many demons in a personal celebration of life through a richly painted universe.