He was born in Amsterdam in 1924. He entered the Institute for Arts and Crafts in 1938 and took part in the first exhibition of the COBRA group at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1949.
Lucebert's talent was discovered when he started working for his father after school. After half a year of art school, he chose to be homeless between 1938 and 1947. In 1947, a Franciscan convent offered him a roof over his head, in exchange for a huge mural painting. Because the nuns could not appreciate his work, they had it entirely painted over with white paint.
His strong personality appealed to many. As a poet he laid foundation for revolutionary innovation in Dutch poetry.
Most of his poems were collected in Gedichten 1948-1965. After this period of composing poetry, he worked primarily in the visual arts known as figurative-expressionist from the 1960s.
Lucebert's sentence "Alles van waarde is weerloos" ("All things of value are helpless") on a building in Rotterdam
Lucerbert died on 10 May 1994 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.
Lucebert was also a noted anti-apartheid activist.Wikipedia