Spanning over a thirty-year period, Jacques-Louis Nyst was a painter, photographer, writer, multimedia artist, publicist and a pioneer of video art in Belgium. With his wife Danièle Nyst, he produced video works whose approaches, varying from reflective, capricious, fantastic, poetic to theoretical, presented semiotic studies into language (the representation of mental codes), symbols, characters and objects. Jacques-Louis Nyst studied at the Fine Arts Academies of Liege and Madrid where he began painting, writing and producing video works. He would later return to his alma mater in Liege to teach drawing and video. Jacques-Louis Nyst was born in Liege in 1942 and died in March 1996.