Juan Maria Bollé is a Flemish painter with Spanish roots. In 1985 he finished his studies at the St. Lucas Institute of Fine Arts in Brussels. Presently he is headmaster at a local Academy of Fine Arts. He creates ‘slow’ paintings. They do not want to seduce or provoke. The spectator is invited to take his time to ‘read’ them carefully. Bollé is not searching for what makes a work of art contemporary or not, but on the contrary, to what makes a painting timeless. Often his paintings are flanked by two monochrome colour fields. By choosing the color and tonality of those fields an interaction arises between the figurative image and the colour fields, they complement each other. His paintings are based on photographic reproductions to launch a personal manipulation and interpretation of the image.