The Leuven Hundreds

Portraits of a city's people, today

We’ve joined forces with Leuven to highlight 100 local people, places and projects that contribute towards making the city what it is today. From artists and architects to producers and professors, these are the driving forces powering Leuven forward one ingenious initiative at a time.

Bisser

Bisser

Visual Artist (1990)

Can you describe what you do?

I’m a Vaartkom-based visual artist, who paints on both walls and canvases. Most people see me as a street artist – but I prefer to think of myself as a muralist.

How do you perceive Leuven?

Leuven is a city with two sides: one side is its student population, mainly present during weekdays. The other is its locals, repping the city during weekends. Personally, I prefer the former. To be fair, I don’t really know what student life in Leuven feels like, since I did my studies in Ghent. For me, Leuven is where my friends are – and that’s my main thing.

What would you say is Leuven’s main appeal as a city? What gives it its edge?

Its beers: Leuven has a great selection, and bars to provide them! Besides this, Leuven is also a city known for its multitude of opportunities. There’s always space for new projects and concepts.

What would you say is Leuven’s main appeal as a city? What gives it its edge?

Leuven has provided me with a lot of opportunities. Metaphorically, it’s like a mural on which I could paint. Also, I found my first ever studio here, providing me with the space and capacity to paint on much larger canvases.

I think the City needs to be looser with their concepts and projects: everything always needs to go past the Council first.

How has Leuven contributed to making you who you are today? What role has the city played in shaping your outlook and career?

I think the City needs to be looser with their concepts and projects: everything always needs to go past the Council first. I think more freedom would definitely be a plus.

To you, what is the best way to spend a weekend in Leuven?

Drinking sessions in “real” local bars, like In den Ouden Tijd, In De Toewip, and so on.

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