Daan Roukens Dutch Abstract Artist

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. 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.


He 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.


Daan Roukens successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch, 2009) and is currently obtaining a Master of Fine Art degree at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. 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

2017: (Solo) Park Hotel, Amsterdam, NL
2017: Zandvoorts Museum, NL
2016: (Solo) This Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL
2016: Engaged 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: (Solo) &MAES Gallery, 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

“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
“HBB”, Vice Magazine
“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
“NRFTO a name, a brand, a lifestyle…”, Supercharged.tv

Selected Commissions & Collaborations

Glenfiddich, installation, Amsterdam, NL
Tandwielenfabriek, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL
Buutvrij For Life, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL
#18, painting, Amsterdam, NL
Teva, print design, Amsterdam, NL
Tommy’z Toko, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL
WeTransfer, wallpaper design, Amsterdam, NL
The Low And Theory, painting, Amsterdam, NL
‘Untitled’, painting, Amsterdam, NL
Art Pie, wall painting, Amsterdam, NL