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Image: Riqetiq

Picture made by: Hennie Kleijwegt

DISCLAIMER!

Even though my work seems to be open to interpretation, it is not.
Do you see a chimney in that tree? nope! U think that bird drives a car? Wrong!
Just because it looks like abstract forms, it does not mean it has no intentional purpose.
Read the description next to a piece and you will be informed right.

WHAT! NOT STREETART?

The vast majority of street art these days is shallow and meaningless.
Approved by the municipality and community because of its common subject matter.
Nothing edgy and provocative. I don't want to be associated with that.
Shaking things up and wake up those who sleep has always been a very important role for people who still have the courage to speak their minds freely.

It has not always been like this.
 
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SOCIAL MEDIA

OMG! Rik, Why aren’t u on Instagram? People ask me this all the time.

Well this is a question very easy to answer. I am! I just don't want the algorithm to determine my visibility.

I want to reach out to people who take some effort instead of scrolling and swiping their lives away.
And don’t forget, there is a whole world out there to discover!

In the meantime. Don’t worry, I do have an account over there but there is just nothing on it except for stories of recent work or website updates for example. So if u want to stay up to date, be sure to give me a follow!
 
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SUBJECTS

OFFERING & SACRIFICE

DEATH & LIFE

DUALITY

MASS PRODUCTION & OVER CONSUMPTION

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Image: Riqetiq

BIOGRAPHY

Somewhere in 2005, I started doing graffiti in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This was my first experience with artistic expression in the public space. Long before this happend I was drawing already. As a child, drawing kept me away from the reality and its pressure. Nowadays it still does. Next to creating murals, which is my focus at the moment, I animate, illustrate and create public interventions. It became an obsession in which I feel blissful when working on a piece. The child who started all this is still present in current work and person. I have a strong belief that one should cherish his inner child. To challenge its curiosity which keeps the mind young.
 
Human behavior is something I like to observe. This often leads to a counter reaction u can find in my work. Not so much on the surface but symbolic naive and abstract. For example behavior on social media, where not the quality of the work matters but the quantity of posts, followers and likes. In my opinion its the opposite which counts.
 
IN 2019 my fiancé, me and two cats have been traveling trough Europe in a camper for about seven months. During this tour it was my aim to paint as much as walls as possible. This led us to a lot of abandoned areas and cultural communities. Also in Barcelona. Being able to paint at so many different places kept me challenging myself to experiment and discover. At the moment I find it interesting to find a way in which I can make and present my work as pure as possible. These days it is a trend to be very busy. That's not for me.
Of course I like to work on large assignments and I want to paint more facades of apartment buildings. As long as I feel the urge and it makes me happy to create I will continue.