Roger Henri Kamiel Raveel was a Belgian painter, draftsman and sculptor whose work is often associated with pop art because of its depiction of everyday objects. Raveel’s style evolved throughout his career, from abstract to figurative.
Raveel was born in Machelen-aan-de-Leie, Belgium, and was trained at the academies of Ghent and Deinze. After 1952 he began to use large white squares. A central theme in his work was the opposition of fiction and reality. In 1976 he created a large wall painting in the Brussels metro station Mérode. Portraits of his first wife and favourite model Zulma, to whom he was married until her death in 2009, were a running motif throughout his work.
Raveel died on 30 January 2013 in Deinze, at the age of 91.