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 This website is my portfolio


My name is Ruud van Straten. Since my education at the fashion academy in Amsterdam in the 1980s, my interest in painting and drawing has been refueled. My favorite medium is oil paint, layer upon layer, often without visible touch, I like paintings as smooth as possible. When I draw I use Inkpencils. This combination of drawing and mixing with water creates vibrant, colorful portraits. By processing these digitally and combining them with collage, spray paint and photographic techniques, exciting new work is created. My theme is mainly the man. I notice that nudity or sensuality in art is becoming increasingly difficult to accept due to a kind of misplaced prudishness. I would like my paintings and drawings with men, naked or dressed to become more visible to a wider audience. Art should excite and challenge people.

Thank you for visiting my website and above all; enjoy it.

kindest regards Ruud.