Viv Hermans was born in Antwerp-Belgium. She was to go on to study pharmacy at the University of Antwerp where she met a large contingent of medical students from the US.
Strong lifetime friendships were made and it inspired her to become a member of the AWCA (American Women’s Club of Antwerp) in 1977.
During the early years of her membership of the AWCA, she realized that there was a large gap in the market for assistance to expatriates moving to Belgium.
Therefore she created a company “Belgian Relocation Center” which she successfully ran until it was sold in 2012 to an international corporation.
She continued to head BRC until January 2016 to secure a flawless handover.
Remarkable about Viv is that she contracted polio at the age of three and spend five uninterrupted years in a hospital.
She was left with life-changing injuries and in the intervening decades had no less than 27 operations for complications arising from her illness.
Although she learned to read and write in hospitals she was very persistent to make a success of her life.
In her attempts to find her own path she became an accomplished interior decorator, fashion designer, florist but also won Master Chef of Flanders.
In the 1980’s she becomes Mom to a twin boy and girl and starts her relocation company BRC.
However, her marriage was not to survive and she became a single working mother.
She successfully continued to grow and expand her business and raise her two children.
She remarried in 2006 and has become a grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren.
This goes to the character of the woman behind the paintings.
On retiring in 2016 Viv enrolled herself at the Royal Academy of Antwerp to study Art & Cultural Sciences and hired a private tutor to teach her the Old Flemish Master techniques.
Before 2016 Viv has never painted in her life before because she simply never found the time in her busy life schedule. She is very determined to make this another one of her success stories.
Her credo: Mind over body!