Rinus Van de Velde

Rinus Van de Velde is a renowned artist recognized for his large-scale, fictional self-portraits and life-size decors that provide the backdrop for his works. His artistic explorations revolve around the intersection between reality and fiction. Using primarily charcoal on canvas and coloured pencil on paper, Van de Velde creates scenes that are naturalistically rendered with bold strokes and atmospheric lighting, and the contrast between black and white in his charcoal drawings heightens a sense of drama. To add a unique touch to his works, many of Van de Velde’s pieces include a short text inscribed at the bottom, which evoke the style of newspaper cartoons. Van de Velde’s work is celebrated for its ability to captivate the viewer and invite them to question the line between truth and imagination.