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, and sculpture. 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.