Lies van Gasse studied illustrative design at the Karel de Grote University College in Antwerp. After graduating, she went to Milan, where she focused on painting at the Accademia di Brera. Her debut Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer uit (The Same Poem Over and Over Again) appeared in 2009, and the poems and drawings immediately attracted the attention of readers and the press alike. Van Gasse weaves her passion for poetry and art into her work, such as in Waterdicht (Waterproof, 2011), in which she illustrates a text written by the poet Peter Theunynck. She also creates her own combinations of text and images, such as Sylvia (2010), calling them ‘graphic poems’. Working with Annemarie Estor, she wrote Hauser (2013), a multi-media epic poem that combines poetry, drawings and videos, and is based on the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who was found in the early 19th century in Nuremberg, and who claimed to have spent his entire youth in a cell without any contact with other people.