Daan Roukens Dutch Abstract Artist

Daan Roukens 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 he also initiates 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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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

Selected Press

“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 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