Ronny Moortgat was born in 1951 in the village of Niel situated on the banks of the river Rupel in Belgium. Growing up in Schelle where the Rupel meets the river Schelde, he developed a passion for drawing and painting maritime subjects which is probably to be found within his family roots. There is a heritage of river barge men on his mothers side and his father was involved in the shipping business. The water has always fascinated him and in his spare time he enjoys sailing on the inland waterways of Holland and around the channel coast.
Ronny was trained as a technical draughtsman, his parents insisting that he achieve a conventional diploma before pursuing a chosen career as a painter. On completing his diploma, he spent 6 years at art school drawing and painting. During this period he also studied etching and printing.
“Alongside the rather strict classical work, I do the more impressionist approach that involves loose brushstrokes. I try to create detail and atmosphere and strive to learn from other painters by looking very closely at their work and reading all about them. The process of learning never stops as borders are constantly redefined, always trying to do better but never satisfied!”
Achievements: 1995 Membership of the Belgian Society of Maritime Artists; 1996 Work bought by the National Maritime Museum of Antwerp; 1999 Selected with work at the annual exhibition of the RSMA up to the present; 2000 Included in the Dictionary of Sea Painters by E. Archibald; 2001 Work selected for the exhibition of the Maritime Artists in Paris; 2004 Selected as Associate Member to the RSMA; 2005 Included in the book about the Royal Society of Maritime Artists; 2006 Member of the Royal Society of Maritime Artists London; Worshipfull Company of Shipwrights Award; First Prize-Best Painting in Show, Patterson Fine Art, London. In 2015 his work was accepted in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum’s International Marine Art Exhibition where he won an Award of Excellence. He won the same award in 2016 & 2017 as well.
Commissioned by several organizations and private companies, Including the City counsel of Hoboken (Belgium), the Belgian Navy, and the port of Rotterdam. He has work in private collections in Belgium, Germany,Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden, Great Britain , Japan, China and the USA.