Rutger de Vries, born in the Netherlands (Zwolle, 1987), lives and works in Berlin.

The expansive painting installations of Rutger de Vries diverge in both geometric visual language and more organic, fanning painterly surfaces that draw upon the dynamics of seemingly contradictory actions of expression and concealment. At first glance, his work echoes the expressive character of a restless painter, but visible traces occupy the installation’s scene: the stray tools characterize the maker’s own absence. De Vries extends the experimental gestures and systemic logic derived from the traditions of process painting and conceptual art into self-developed tools, merging industrial mechanics and computer-controlled machines with techniques such as aerosol spray paint, paint bombs, and corrosive etching chemicals. By blurring the value of his identity, De Vries investigates the scope of his own authorship, while reflecting the visual means of anti-establishment movements. Consequently, by operating in the context of the visual arts, a new antagonist appears at the intersection of private and public space.

Curriculum vitae
2018 Room on the Roof, Amsterdam
2016 – 2017 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

2011 – 2013 MA, Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem
2009 – 2011 BA, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

2022 Neustart Kultur Stipend, Stiftung Kunstfonds
2018 Buning Brongers Prijs 2018
2016 – 2017 Cultuurfondsbeurs Knecht-Drenth Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

2022 Guest tutor, University of the Arts Bremen (Integrated Design), Bremen
2019 Guest tutor, Frank Mohr Institute (Painting / MADtech), Groningen

Commissioned Works
2020 Rhombi, Het Industriegebouw, Rotterdam
2020 Color Sprinklers, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
2019 Color Staircase, Capital C, Amsterdam

NN Group Art collection
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Bijenkorf
Rijksoverheid (Government of the Netherlands)
Private art collections AT/DE/FR/GB/JP/NL

2018 Interview Mister Motley (Dutch)