I’m a Dutch-Argentine artist (born in the Netherlands, 1962) painting contemporary realist and hyperrealist still lifes. I seek to capture the fascinating interactions between colors, light, shadows, textures and reflections, and unite them in visual poetry.
Highly inspired by the still lifes of the Dutch Golden Age, I depict a variety of subject matter striving for an elegant, timeless yet contemporary look. Over time I’ve adapted classical skill-based methods to suit painting in acrylics. After four decades as a professional artist, I’ve developed a highly recognizable signature style, especially in regards to composition and creative content.
My paintings are based on symbolism which conveys my thoughts about life through metaphors and symbolic meaning universally ascribed to my subject matter. This symbolism—representing higher ideals, such as wisdom, awareness, and growth—may not be immediately obvious, yet I believe these messages reach the consciousness of those open to them.
During my forty year career my artwork has received many prestigious awards, and has been exhibited in well over 150 gallery and 30 museum exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Four of my bronze statues enjoy permanent public installation in Wassenaar, the Netherlands.
I’m Founding Member of the International Guild of Realism (IGOR), Signature Member and Member at Large of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), and Honorary Member of the National Acrylic Painters’ Association (NAPA) of the UK.
My artwork has been widely published in US and international art magazines, including Southwest Art, International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, The Guide Artists, Revista Ophelia, The Artist Magazine, and PoetsArtists Magazine.
My paintings can be found in several museum catalogs, such as The Reality of Things: Trompe l’Oeil in America (published by the Vero Beach Museum of Art), We Are Food (published by Museum Jan Cunen), Arte y Libertad XII (published by Galería Artelibre), and Painting Today / Pintando Hoy (published by the MEAM, the European Museum of Modern Art).
My sculptures were published in the Dutch book entitled Beeldend Wassenaar, and my illustrations appeared in the children’s book entitled Artikel 12* published by the Center for Peace in Belgium.
My paintings have been included in Lexi Sundell’s book Acrylic Artist's Guide to Exceptional Colour and Rhéni Tauchid's book Acrylic Painting Mediums & Methods.
My book Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide (Firefly Books, published in the U.S. and Canada) became available in November 2014. The same book entitled Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics (Search Press, published in the U.K. and Australia) became available in December 2014.
The Dutch language version of my book, De Complete Gids voor Acrylverf - Professionele Technieken voor Traditionele Toepassingen (Uitgeverij Librero, published in the Netherlands and Belgium), became available in September of 2015.
The Spanish version, Guía completa de pintura al acrílico - Técnicas profesionales para la aplicación tradicional (Ilus Books, Spain) was published in June of 2017. Additional translations in various other languages are tentatively expected in the future.
During the past several years I've written essays for PoetsArtists, Beautiful Bizarre, catalog introductions, and undertaken several curatorial projects. Currently I publish my essays on Medium, which can all be found on this website under Art Blog.
I currently live and work in Antwerp, Belgium.