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Ralf holds up a mirror of a world that is anything but beautiful, in which the fairy tale of the fight between David and Goliath is far from over

(Pie In The Sky 2019, text by Manuela Klerkx)

About

The colorful, playful paintings by Ralf Kokke (NL, 1989) originate from a subconsciousness, a fantasy that is the closest to his dream world as possible. In capturing these often inexplicable images, Ralf creates a situation in which he can work that allows these images to be expressed uninhibitedly and unfiltered. By starting to paint straight after drinking his morning coffee without time to think, by preparing as little as possible, and by allowing things to happen, the images created are as close to himself as possible. The painted images that result from this, Ralf describes as descriptions of his immediate environment that aim to be as reliable as possible.

(Text by Linda Köke)

Study

2011 - 2014

ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ART ANTWERP

Bachelor of Fine Arts, painting

Residencies

2020

VINCENT VAN GOGH-HUIS
Zundert

2019

TORENKAMERTJE
NPO/OPIUM

2018

KAUS AUSTRALIS
Rotterdam

Grants / Prizes / Honorarium

2020

DORDRECHTS MUSEUM/
GEMEENTE DORDRECHT

Grant

2019

PICTURA PRICE: Won
CULTUUR + ONDERNEMEN Mentortraject

2018

MONDRIAAN FUND
Young Talent Grant

DORDRECHTS MUSEUM/
GEMEENTE DORDRECHT

Grant

2017

LAM (LISSER ART MUSEUM)
This Art Fair 2017

KUNSTSCHOUW AWARD:
Won

Curating (selected)

Collections

  • 2020

    DORDRECHT MUSEUM
    Collection

  • 2020

    Van Gogh Huis
    Zundert

  • 2019

    Dordrecht Museum
    Collection

Interviews

  • 2022, May

    Avant Arte Insiders

     

  • 2019, August

    Sasha Bogojev

    Juxtapoz Magazine