Gilbert Herreyns was born in Brussels in 1943, two hundred years after Willem Jacob Herreyns, flamish painter (Antwerpen 1743-1827). His childhood was marked by long vacations to the North Sea, probably the origin of his attraction to the Mediterranean. After having completed his secondary school studies (Greco-Roman humanities), he decides to enrol in la Cambre (National School of Architecture and Visual Arts), in the art school under the direction of Paul Delvaux, and later Jo Delahaut. The latter would exercise a decisive influence on his training and his understanding of contemporary art. GH’s first exhibition in Brussels takes place in 1965 at the Saint Laurent Gallery, where he shows works on art construit.