ruud van empel

Ruud van Empel

B. The Netherlands, 1958

Highlights

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Ruud van Empel. Floresta Negra #6 (2018)

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Ruud van Empel: Floresta Negra. Installation view of van Empel’s 2019 exhibition at HUXLEY-PARLOUR

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Ruud van Empel: Floresta Negra. Installation view

The Works

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Mood #11, 2016

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Mood #9, 2016

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Mood #5, 2016

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Mood #4, 2015

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Mood #3, 2015

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Mood #1, 2015

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Mood #10, 2016

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Mood #7, 2016

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Floresta Negra #1, 2018

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Floresta Negra #2, 2018

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Floresta Negra #6, 2018

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Floresta Negra #5, 2018

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Mood #6, 2016

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Mood #8, 2016

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Identity #5, 2015

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Identity #4, 2015

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Voyage Pittoresque #1, 2016

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Voyage Pittoresque #6, 2017

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Voyage Pittoresque #8, 2017

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Voyage Pittoresque #7, 2017

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Dawn #4, 2008

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Brothers & Sisters, #4, 2010

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Identity #3, 2014

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Identity #1, 2014

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Identity #2, 2014

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Analogy #1, 2016

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Dawn #6, 2008

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Perception, 2014

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Theatre #5, 2010

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Theatre #6, 2011

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Theatre #4, 2011

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Theatre #8, 2014

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Sunday #4, 2012

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Sunday #5, 2012

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Sunday #2, 2012

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Sunday #7, 2017

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Sunday #8, 2017

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Sunday #3, 2017

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Floresta #2, 2018

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Floresta #4, 2018

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Moon #6, 2008

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Moon #7, 2008

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Moon #4, 2007

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Theatre #7, 2012

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Theatre #1, 2010

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Theatre #2, 2010

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Theatre #3, 2010

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Study in Green #18, 2004

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Theatre #9, 2013

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Collage #7, 2017

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Ruud van Empel

B. The Netherlands 1958

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B. The Netherlands 1958

Biography

Ruud van Empel’s pioneering techniques have completely changed the face of digital photography. Using a vast library of digital body parts, fabrics and foliage, van Empel creates dream-like photographic utopias, where nothing is exactly as it seems. 

Prompted by a desire for a more minimalist aesthetic, at the turn of the century van Empel began experimenting with Photoshop. Each of his figures is a hybrid, resulting from his painstaking synthesis of hundreds of diverse fragments taken from his own photography: eyes, noses and lips are collaged together to create the entirely new human forms that inhabit his images. The process is painstaking, as a single work can take up to three months to complete. The results are often an uncanny synthesis of the alluring and the unsettling. His methods engage with questions of identity, truth and artificiality in an age where digital simulation is ubiquitous. 

Ruud van Empel was born in Breda, The Netherlands, in 1958. Van Empel graduated with a degree in graphic design from the Academie St. Joost. Ruud van Empel’s work has been exhibited extensively: his work is held in the collections of several major galleries and museums throughout the world, including MoPA Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, the Rijks Museum, Amsterdam and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards including the Municipality of Breda Oeuvre Prize in 2013 and the Artist of the Year Award from American Friends of Museum, New York in 2017. 

The artist lives and works in Amsterdam.

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Exhibitions

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Ruud van Empel: Floresta Negra

8.5 - 1.62019

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Ruud van Empel: Portraits

21.2 - 18.32017

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Ruud van Empel: Selected Works, 2004-2014

2.6 - 27.62015

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