Daan Roukens

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 the connection between the two.


“When I experience too much chaos, I let my obsessive perfectionism run free and if that structure becomes too dominant, I will add chaos again. This allows me to connect both and to create a peace of mind, which feels like a sublime experience. I feel the strong need to take the viewer into this process in order to experience the same as I do.“


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.


“I change everyday recognizable things in such a way that it broadens my perspective and that of the viewer.”


Daan Roukens successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch, 2009) and obtained his Master of Fine Art degree at the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam, 2018). His work varies from autonomous projects to commissions and initiating his own exhibitions. His abstract self-portraits are known by a broad audience and are exhibited at museums, galleries, shops and fairs.


He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


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“Over-gestructureerde orde impliceert dat er chaos is” Lucas de Man


”Als kijker ging ik zoeken naar structuren, patronen, en liet ze toen weer los, en ging ze toen weer ervaren etc. Het ging voor mij over perfectie en imperfectie, over dwangmatig ordenen en dat proberen los te laten, over dwangbuizen en hoe daar uit te ontsnappen. Heel sterk werk wat mij betreft, omdat het van alles teweeg bracht” Judith Wendel


”Van irritatie tot bewondering, van gevecht tot berusting, van eruit willen stappen tot toch te nieuwsgierig zijn om te stoppen met kijken. Intrigerend” Henriëtte Olland


“Het werk van Daan Roukens is een beleving. Het geeft rust, maar tegelijkertijd is het ongrijpbaar en voel ik zijn gevecht. In ieder detail zit een verhaal, een verhaal dat ik wil uitpluizen” Rick Scholman (Stichting 2 Can Rule)


Artist Statement

“My work is about experiencing the “in-between” to broaden my perspective and that of the viewer. In my painted abstract self-portraits, I search for a peace of mind from my turmoil of contradictions. The ‘in-between’ experience is both in the tension of contradictions as in that sublime complementary moment, such as a love-hate relationship. I challenge the viewer to experience the tensions and connections in all layers of the work. From the smallest details between straight and curvy lines to the overarching battle between my obsessive perfectionism and losing control. To research that experience I also make use of sound, video and textiles in the process and work between art and design.”

Selected Commissions & Collaborations

Kinderboerder-ei, design, Amsterdam, NL
Glenfiddich, installation, Amsterdam, NL
Private collection, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL
Buutvrij For Life, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL
Private collection, painting, Amsterdam, NL
Teva, print design, Amsterdam, NL
Tommy’z Toko, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL
WeTransfer, wallpaper design, Amsterdam, NL
Private collection, painting, Yixing, CH
Art Pie, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Press

“Expect Nothing, Appreciate …” Weandthecolor.com
“Alledaagse orde en chaos” Cultureleagenda.nl
“Wat je krijgt als professionele …” Creators.vice.com
“Urban Camo”, Mirror Mirror
“Mijn vrienden noemen mij Mondridaan”, Pandora 2
“Perfecte patronen van Daan Roukens”, Mixed Grill
“We Are All In This Together”, Klei Magazine
“De Fabriek”, Elle Decoration
“Het Gebouw”, Eslevier Juist
“Online Superstar”, Vogue Magazine
“Interview with Daan Roukens”, Designscene #005
“Amsterdamse Kunst Kalender” 2016
“No Rest for Daan Roukens”, Blendbureaux.com
“Colors, Patterns and Layers”, Losbangeles.com
“Amsterdam Miscellaneous”, Superfuture.com
“Grootmeesters: Ontwerp en Ontwerper”, Audi Magazine

Selected Exhibitions

2018: (Solo) Number Nine, Amsterdam, NL
2018: Graduation Show, Sandberg, Amsterdam, NL
2018: Kinderboerder-ei, Club ADCN, Amsterdam, NL
2017: (Solo) Park Hotel, Amsterdam, NL
2017: Zandvoorts Museum, Zandvoort, NL
2016: (Solo) This Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL
2016: (Solo) Afura Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2016: (Solo) SVB, Amstelveen, NL
2015: (Solo) Sonos Audio, Amsterdam, NL
2015: (Solo) Buutvrij for life, Amsterdam, NL
2014: Masterpeace, KunstRAI, Amsterdam, NL
2014: Miscellaneous, WallsGallery, Amsterdam, NL
2013: (Solo) Showroom Public_, Amsterdam, NL
2012: Artistic Affairs, Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2011: Museumnacht, Amsterdam Museum, NL