Ralf Kokke

RALF KOKKE

RALF KOKKE

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BIOGRAPHY

Born into a family of dockers in 1989 in Rotterdam Zuid, Ralf Rokke’s environment forged in him a peculiar personal experience of the world, one that he would later contemplate in his artwork.

Rokke directly delves into the social condition of stevedores, in their isolation as a community from other social circles. He stipulates that their incessant labor has, in some way. sealed their fates, secluding them from the world, and even from themselves; their psyche.

The physical and psychological effects of hard labor are mirrored in the crookedness of his paintings. This imperfection perfectly depicts the laborers, in the form of cartoon-like figures, in their desire to emancipate themselves from their almost immutable fate, as if cemented in their condition.

In view of this, he connects with painters that portray analogous scenarios, such as Co Westerik, Frits Van Den Berghe, Constant Permeke and Max Beckmann.

By reflecting on the struggles of the working class in the capitalist cycles, Ralf immortalizes human oppression in the form of paintings.

TIMELINE

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020    WATCHLIST, Galerie Droste – Paris, France
  • 2020    OUTBREAK, De Pont Museum – Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 2020    Wunderwall, PLUS-ONE Gallery & Gallery Sofie Van De Velde – Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2020    To Paint Is To Love Again, Nino Mier Gallery – Los Angeles, US
  • 2020    Art Rotterdam, Concepts and Prospects Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2019    Allard Wildenberg Projects – Naarden, Netherlands
  • 2019    Universes Show 2, The Garage Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2019    Cowboys and Aliens, Showhouse JayJay- Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2019    Kunstpodium T – Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 2019    My Biggest Small, Showhouse JayJay – Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2019    Pictura/Dordrecht Nacht- Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 2019    Velvet Ropes, GIFC – Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2018    Consequences, Kaus Australis Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2018    Screw Your Courage To The Sticky Place, Showhouse JayJay- Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2018    Vruchtbare Grond, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam- Shiedam, Netherlands
  • 2018    Wilde Haren, Galerie de Meerse Hoofddorp- Hoofddorp, Netherlands
  • 2018    Waited for the fishcorner, Galerie Hommes Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017    Throwing hands at Sheep, Pictura/Dordrecht- Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 2017    Art for animal sake – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017    Ways of Seeing, Gallery Josilda da Conceicao Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017    This Art Fair – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2018    Vruchtbare Grond, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam- Shiedam, Netherlands
  • 2018    Wilde Haren, Galerie de Meerse Hoofddorp- Hoofddorp, Netherlands
  • 2018    Waited for the fishcorner, Galerie Hommes Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017    Throwing hands at Sheep, Pictura/Dordrecht- Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 2017    Art for animal sake – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017    Ways of Seeing, Gallery Josilda da Conceicao Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017    This Art Fair – Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

 

 

 

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