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 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.


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.


Artist Statement

“In my abstract self-portraits I’m searching for an in-between experience to broaden my perspective and that of the viewer. From my obsessive perfectionism and an unrest in contradictions, I paint the search for a peace of mind. However, I do not believe in one final outcome and experience the moment between contradictions as sublime (such as a love-hate relationship). I work process-based towards this connecting and contradicting moment. From straight and curved lines to peace and unrest, I challenge the viewer to experience this in all layers. In order to research that in-between experience, I also use sound, video and textiles and work between art and design.”


“Over-structured order implies there is chaos” Lucas de Man


”As a viewer, I started looking for structures and patterns, but when I released them I experienced them again. For me, it was about perfection and imperfection, about compulsive ordering and trying to let that go, about straitjackets and how to escape from them. Very strong work as far as I’m concerned, because it brought about everything” Judith Wendel


”From irritation to admiration, from fight to resignation, from wanting to step out to being too curious to stop looking. Intriguing” Henriëtte Olland


“The work of Daan Roukens is an experience. It gives peace, but at the same time it is elusive and I feel his fight. There is a story in every detail, a story that I want to figure out” Rick Scholman (Stichting 2 Can Rule)


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
“Online Superstar”, Vogue Magazine
“Interview with Daan Roukens”, Designscene #005
“Amsterdamse Kunst Kalender” 2016
“No Rest for Daan Roukens”, Blendbureaux.com
“Amsterdam Miscellaneous”, Superfuture.com

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) 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

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