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Daan Roukens

"When I experience too much chaos, I let my obsessive perfectionism run free and if the structure becomes too dominant, I look for the chaos again. Because of this I connect the two and create peace in my head, which feels like a sublime experience. I feel the strong need to take the viewer into this process in order to experience the same as I do."

about the artist
Meet Daan Roukens

Daan Roukens

With his art he gives new value to daily life, by questioning contradictions that most of the people take for granted. Various opposing answers can coexist and thus go beyond black-and-white thinking.

Daan Roukens Artist

Daan Roukens is a Dutch visual artist, known for his versatile and colourful abstract self portraits. He takes his thoughts and feelings and projects them on a canvas in an abstract way. Roukens constantly experiences an agitation due to the tension between order and chaos and is always looking for the connection between these two. With his art he gives new value to daily life, by questioning contradictions that most of the people take for granted. Various opposing answers can coexist and thus go beyond black-and-white thinking. 

“I change everyday recognizable things in such a way that it broadens my perspective and that of the spectator."

Roukens graduated from the art academy AKV Saint Joost (Den Bosch, 2009) and got his degree as a Master of Fine Art from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2018). His work varies from autonomous projects to commissioned work and the initiation of his own exhibitions. His abstract self-portraits are seen by a wide audience and exhibited in museums, galleries, shops and at trade fairs. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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