Dutch sculptor Louis van Cutsem was an active resistance fighter against the Nazi dictatorship during World War II and granted shelter to Jewish families. He later devoted himself to designing sports sculptures, including Belgian great cyclist [Eddy Merckx], but also several boxers, including former European Champion Pierre Charles, fencers, rowers, archers and basketball payers. Van Cutsem became one of the most popular and important sports sculptors in Belgium, but he also created figures for neighbours and friends.
Van Cutsem studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Josse and Bruxelles after finishing his education as a stonecutter. His wife remained in his studio after his death until she died in 2004. The studio was later resurrected in Schaerbeeck by heritage specialist Philippe Debroe, who organized a permanent exhibition starting in 2012.