Didier Claes has been immersed in African tradition and culture since childhood. Numerous expeditions to the Congo enabled him to further his knowledge and he spent ten years supplying specialist dealers in Brussels, Paris and New York with exceptional pieces. Since 2000, he has presented his own selection of works at a variety of fairs such as the International Tribal & Textile Arts Show in New York; Brafa, Bruneaf and Grands Antiquaires in Brussels; Parcours des Mondes and the Salon du collectionneur in Paris. Claes opened his first gallery in 2002 in the famous Sablon district of Brussels, devoting himself to high quality art objects from important Western collections. He has been a member of the Chambre des Experts en Oeuvres d’Art since 2005 and has also become part of the Chambre Royale des Antiquaires de Belgique and the Syndicat National des Antiquaires in France. In 2008, Claes participated in the prestigious fair TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht for the first time. Other projects also occupy him. President of Bruneaf, he co-curated the exhibitions ‘Mestach l’Africain’ and Congo mythical masks in 2009 in Brussels. In 2011, he curated ‘Arts d’Afrique. Voir l’invisible’ at the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux and directed the creation of the book ‘Empreintes d’Afrique: l’art tribal au fil des fleuves’ published by Editions 5 continents. His nomination as vice-president of Brafa in 2012 cemented his reputation in the art world. This year also marked his first participation in the Biennale des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais in Paris. In 2015, Claes curated the exhibition Uzuri wa Dunia (‘beauties of the world’ in Swahili), which brought 130 masterpieces together in the old Nonciature in Brussels, to celebrate Bruneaf’s 25th year. Galerie Didier Claes is now located in a new space near Avenue Louise, where the best modern and contemporary galleries have recently gathered. His clients include numerous American and European collectors, international museums and art centres.
C.B.E.O.A (Chambre Belge des Experts en Oeuvres d´Art ), C.R.A.B. / K.K.A.B. (Chambre Royale des Antiquaires et des Négociants en Œuvres d’art de Belgique / Koninklijke Kamer van de Antiquairs en Kunsthandelaars van België ), S.N.A. (Syndicat National des Antiquaires Négociants en Objets d'Art Tableaux anciens et modernes de France)
BRAFA - Brussels, BRUNEAF - Brussels, Brussels Gallery Weekend - Brussels, Frieze Masters - London, International Antiques Fair - Hong Kong, La Biennale Paris, Parcours des Mondes - Paris, TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York Fall, Tribal & Textile Arts Show - San Francisco,