Bob Ivens got lessons in publicity at the Academy of arts in Antwerp. At the age of 22 he became independent, publicity and screen printing. After a stay of about
two months at the Himalaya he sold
his business and bought a barge that he rebuilded into a house-boat
where artists could exhibit their
works of art. Here he felt like painting again. the moment he spends most of his retirement in Hungary where he enjoys the quietness of the open country.