At the age of ten he created his first Comic strip called Dem Bino seng Geschichten. He graduated at Luxembourg’s school of economy, business and management.
His work combines two different styles: one is already a fusion of fantasy and caricature, the other is the well known “ligne claire”. Consequently his artistic influences are rather divers: Georges Prosper Remi (Hérgé), Tolkien, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dalí, Zdzisław Beksiński and Pol Leurs, to name just a few.
He started publishing in 1972 and eight years later he created the first Luxembourgish comic magazine: Super ZA-ZA. In the meantime he piled up the smal-ler commissions: illustrations, adverts, posters, playbills and theatre sets. Claude took also part in several exhibitions and the comic book fair in Durbuy, Belgium. In 1988, he was co-founder of Les crayons en folie, a Luxembourgish group of comic and caricature artists.
But it wasn’t until 1992 that he contributed to Revue de la Jeunesse and illustrated books, articles and especially fairy-tales and poems, some of which he wrote himself. In the 1998 OGBL calender Calendrier des nouvelles horreurs bancaires (New bank horrors calendar) he sticked more or less faithfully to the “ligne claire”. The same goes for his caricature in 2000 on the staff commission’s flyer, asking for a raise of the employee’s salaries.
He participated in the Salons d’Art Faerie in Arlon (2003 and 2005) and in Concept Art (2016).
For further details on Claude Gengler’s art please refer to his website.