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Ralph Roelse (b. 1984 in Eersel, the Netherlands) is a Dutch contemporary artist who works in a hybrid form of painting, photography, drawing, collage, intervention, sculpture, and film. Occurring themes in his practice are metamorphosis, temporality, power, and violence.

Roelse began his artistic career at the age of 12, using Graffiti as a way to manifest himself. He graduated from the SintLucas School of Art & Design, Boxtel (NL), followed by a BFA from the Academy of Art & Design AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch (NL), in 2009 — with an emphasis on conceptualism.

Living and working in Eindhoven (NL), Roelse draws endless inspiration from the industrial landscapes at the intertwining border areas with Belgium and Germany. His art depicts the encounter between the primitive and technological, the digital and the physical, and how acts of defacement can produce a sublime painterly.

Text by Robert Kaltenhäuser.


2005 - 2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Academy of Art & Design AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch, NL
2000 - 2004 Visual Communication Design, SintLucas School of Art & Design, Boxtel, NL

2017 THEY JUST DON’T GET IT, Stedelijk Museum Breda, Breda, NL

2023 NEW DUTCH MINIMALISM, Kelderman & van Noort, Eindhoven, NL
2021 GLASHARD, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
2021 ANTIGOON x RALPH ROELSE, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL
2016 ABSOLUTE EVENT HORIZON, Schunck, Heerlen, NL
2016 FIRE SALE, Goodspace Gallery, Sydney, AUS
2011 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL
2011 ACT/OUT, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL
2010 MNEMONIC, Kelderman en van Noort, Eindhoven, NL

2021 A Place Called X, Oct. 16th, NL
2018 i-D Magazine, Jul. 17th, NL
2017 Glamcult, Jul. 4th, NL
2016 Our House, Aug. 8th, NL
2016 i-D Magazine, Jul. 18th, NL
2015 Juxtapoz, Jun. 19th, US
2015 VICE, Jun. 19th, NL
2015 Spraybeast, Mar. 5th, UK
2015 Juxtapoz, Mar. 1st, US
2015 VICE, Feb. 18th, NL
2015 SAM Magazine, Issue #2, NL
2014 VICE, Dec. 22th, NL
2014 Vltramarine, Aug. 8th, RUS
2014 Acclaim Magazine, Jul. 7th, AUS

2017 SintLucas School of Art & Design, Eindhoven, NL

2021-2023 Emoves, UC Masters, NL
2021-2022 Cultuur Eindhoven, NL
2021 Constant van Renesse Fund, NL

2021 Private Collection, Eindhoven, NL
2017 Private Collection, Eersel, NL

VICE / i-D / The Creators Project / Dutch Design Foundation
Municipality of Eindhoven / Van Berlo / Kazerne / Powerhouse Company
Graphic Matters / TBWA / George & Harrison / OWOW / Studio DRIFT

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