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Biography of Eric Lambé
The Belgian illustrator, draftsman and lithographer Eric Lambé was born in Arlon in 1966. He studied visual arts in Brussels. At the beginning of the 1990s, he founded - with Denis Larue and Alain Corbel - the group Mokka, which in 1990 gave birth to the magazine Mokka; this magazine was renamed Pelure Amère in 1992 until its disappearance in 1994. It is there that the first « botanical comics" were developed, which were brought together by the Amok Editions in 1996 (« Les jours ouvrables »).
From 1990 to 1994, Eric Lambé published short stories in other Belgian magazines of the time (Frigorevue and Frigobox). A large part of these short stories will be gathered in his first comic book (« Les jours ouvrables », Ed. Amok, 1994). From 1998, Eric Lambé began a long collaboration with Philippe de Pierpont, through which and after a short story (« Sifr », in Le Cheval Sans Tête, volume 5, 1998), over the years, several books were published (« Alberto G. », « La Pluie », « Un voyage », « Paysage après la bataille »); « Paysage après la bataille » was awarded the Fauve d'or at the Angoulême festival in 2017.
Eric Lambé's participation in the Carnets Littéraires collection published by Editions Estuaire introduced him to the world of the writer Marie Desplechin, for whom he illustrated two books (« Le Sac à main » in 2004 and « La Photo » in 2005). As an illustrator for the press, he also collaborates on children's books (« Le Voyage de Djuku », Alain Corbel, 2003). Since 2003, he has been a professor at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint Luc (E.S.A.) in Brussels.
Eric Lambé has never given up his poetic and organic tales; his « botanical comics », of which « Fils du roi » (Ed. Frémok, 2016) is a fine example, and « 48CC », his latest publication; a book-object mixing nostalgia and irony, whose content is designed to question, deliberately or by the back door, our world, our habits, our ways of life and thinking.