Daan Roukens (1987) is a Dutch visual artist, known for his diverse and colourful abstract self-portraits. He portrays what is going on in his head in an abstract way. Roukens continuously experiences a restless feeling as a result of the tension between order and chaos and is always searching for a peace of mind, which he never finds. When he experiences too much chaos, he lets his obsessive perfectionism run free and if that structure becomes too dominant, he will add chaos again. He experiences the contradicting and connecting moment of that in-between as a sublime experience, which is expressed in his work. He feels the strong need to take the viewer into this process in order to experience the same as he does.
Through his art he gives new value to daily life by questioning contradictions that most people take for granted. Various opposing answers can coexist and together they exceed thinking in black-and-white terms. He changes everyday recognizable things in such a way that it broadens his perspective and that of the viewer.