Robert van de Graaf
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 he had in his youth, he always wanted to be an artist.
Van de Graaf experiences the process of creating as inner battles, freedom and faith.