BIOGRAPHY

Robert van de Graaf (born 30 september, 1983) is a Dutch visual artist living and working in The Hague, The Netherlands. He graduated as an architect from the Technical University in Delft in 2009. He started to develop himself as a visual artist from his 13th (1996). Van de Graaf followed an intense private painting and drawing education by the Dutch artist, Erica Meyster, from 1996 till 2001 (from his 13th till his 18th). His inspiration for his artworks continue to come from the same area of interest of his youth, he always wanted to be an artist.

 

Van de Graaf worked as an intern in architecture in New York City during 2005 - 2006. At Steven Learner Studio (founder of 'Collective Design Fair', New York City) he worked on art related projects as the ‘Haunch of Venison’ gallery (Rockefeller Center) and ‘The Granary’ (private gallery for the collectors Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy), Litchfield County, Connecticut, U.S.  He also worked as a visual artist in his New York studio (West Harlem) during that time.

 

In the year 2011 he stopped working as an architect and is since then working hard on his career as a visual artist. 

 

His work has been purchased by art collectors from The Netherlands, The U.S. and France.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Robert van de Graaf (1983, born in The Hague, The Netherlands) is interested in the connection between the mystic of this world, with all its elements (the sea, the sky, nature, fire, light and darkness), and the sense and the dimension of the spiritual world.

 

Van de Graaf draws inspiration from myths, mystical places or stories (both from history and present days) and the philosophy of life. His artworks accomplish his ongoing journey to seek meaning in life.

 

Van de Graaf is questioning human destiny and how we can move further and grow as human beings on a spiritual level. He wishes his artworks to provide ‘food’ for the soul for himself and its viewers. His artworks should be a (re)discovery for himself and the viewer and wishes to encourage deepening. This is his reaction on the superficiality of modern society and the lack of ‘soul food’ for younger generations.

 

Van de Graaf transforms the inspiration of its themes into symbolic modern interpretations while referring to paintings of the old masters as Rembrandt’s ‘The Storm on the Sea of Galilee’ (1632) and El Greco’s ‘The Vision of Saint John’ (1608-1614). The paintings balance between figuration and abstraction and allow some freedom of interpretation to the viewer.

 

Van de Graaf has been professionally trained in painting and drawing from his 13th till his 18th by the Dutch artist, Erica Meyster (1949 - 2006), before his studies in Architecture at the Technical University in Delft (MSc 2009). His inspiration for his artworks continue to come from the same area of interest of his youth, he always wanted to be an artist.

 

Van de Graaf experiences the process of creating as inner battles, freedom and faith.

2011  - current

2010 -  2011

 

2006 - 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001 -  2009

 

 

1996  - 2001

 

 

1983

Working as a visual artist, The Hague, The Netherlands

Working at two Dutch architectural firms

 

Several internships in Architecture, New York City,

New York.

- Steven Learner Studio (Steven Learner, founder of 'Collective Design Fair', New York City, New York), worked on 'the Granary' (private gallery for the collectors Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy), Litchfield County, Connecticut and 'Haunch of Venison' gallery, New York City, New York

- Rietveld Architects, New York City, New York

 

Working as a Fine Artist, New York City, New York. Studio apartment was situated in Harlem (143rd Street, between Broadway and Riverside Drive)

 

Faculty of Architecture, Bachelor's and Master's degree in Architecture, Technical University Delft,The Netherlands.

Graduated as Master of Science

 

Private education in painting and drawing by the Dutch Artist, Erica Meyster (1949 - 2006).

 

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands

Extensive resume on request

Online representation:

-CONTEMPORARY ART CURATOR magazine

http://www.contemporaryartcurator.com/robert-van-de-graaf/

- 14th ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE

artelaguna.world/artist/van-de-graaf-robert/

Work in collections:

Work has been purchased by several art collectors from The Netherlands, The U.S. and France.

 

EXHIBITIONS SELECTION

2019   11 - 14 April

2019    15 Jan - 15 March

2018

2018    5 - 9 December

2017    29 October - 5 November

2017

2015    07 - 15 November

 

2015    12  - 14 June

 

 

2015    19 - 27 April

 

 

2015    01 - 30 April

           Vernissage: 3th of April

2015    

 

2014    27 & 28 Sept.

 

2012

 

2009

 

2009

 

2009

 

2007

 

2007

 

Paris ART FAIR 2019

Exhibition EUROPOL HEADQUARTERS, The Hague, The Netherlands, other participating artists: Maria Riemen, Anja Vosdingh Bessem and Paole Stokman. Opening on 15th of January / Opened by Wil van Gemert, Deputy Executive Director of Europol and Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of The Hague.

Several private studio exhibitions for specific art collectors

Exhibition Red Dot Miami, by Circle Foundation, 5 - 9 December, 2018

 

Open Studio, Art & Wine opening of new studio, presenting new series of oil paintings 'The Bible and the Sea'

Several private studio exhibitions for specific art collectors

Exhibition Artfair: Classic Event 2015, Kortrijk, Belgium, represented by the 'New Place art gallery', 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

 

Exhibition Artfair: Art Laren 2015, The Netherlands, represented by the 'New Place art gallery', 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

 

Exhibition Artfair: Art & Antiques Fair 's-Hertogenbosch 2015, The Netherlands (49th edition)

represented by the 'New Place art gallery', 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

 

Solo-exhibition, 'New Place art gallery', 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

 

Group-exhibition, 'art, bees and urbanhny' at Hotel Pulitzer (Amsterdam) by Fransastic

 

Solo-exhibition, Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF), Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

Group-exhibition, Kruithuis, 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

 

Group-exhibition, Chiellerie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

Studio exhibition, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

Group-exhibition, Chiellerie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

Group-exhibition, Ververs Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

 

Group-exhibition, Studio exhibition, ‘Harlem Soirée, 3 Artists’, New York City, USA

 

PUBLICATIONS

Contemporary Art Curator Magazine

@Contemporaryartcurator

Vind magazine September 2018

Spotlight 9 by Circle Foundation for the Arts

 

Circle Foundation for the Arts

www.circle-arts.com

ArtGuide Artists (Kunstgids Kunstenaars) by Fransastic

http://www.fransastic.com

Kunstoase 

                 

Online galerij 

Publication on their website

Publication on Instagram 

 

Publication of artworks in magazine

Publication of artworks in magazine 

 

 

 

Publication on website

 

Publication of artworks in book

 

 

about the artist

 

announcement exhibition ADAF 2014

Artist Directory page on http://www.contemporaryartcurator.com/robert-van-de-graaf/

Instagram 

 

Magazine hardcopy

 

Magazine Hardcopy and online

e.issuu.com/embed.html#29236905/63134694

Website https://circle-arts.com/robert-van-de-graaf/

 

Book

 

 

Magazine

 

https://www.onlinegalerij.nl/annual-dutch-art-fair-2014/

March 2019

September 2018

July 2018

Spring 2018

 

Spring 2018

 

 

Summer 2014

 

2014 

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