PAUL ILEGEMS (°1946) is a Belgian author. He studied Art History at the University of Ghent and was professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp until 2005. Since 1981 he worked on several publications and collections of poetry about Belgian fries. Together with Jef Meert he curated a travelling exhibition for which he gathered a selection of artworks about fries and Belgian culture. The works later became part of the collection of the Museum of Fries in Bruges. Ilegems wrote many articles about contemporary art and literature for De Morgen, DS-Magazine, K&C, Artefactum, De Parelduiker and H ART. Currently he is working on a biography of artist Fred Bervoets.