Ralf heynen


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MEDIUM: Oil Paint
SPECIALTY: ✔ Techical

Ralf Heynen (1978) is a fine arts painter from The Netherlands. He has an innate form of cataract. Therefore, his sight is blurred and it is impossible for him to see sharp lines and fine details. What remains is a somewhat hazy image of light and color. On closer inspection, this can be observed in his oil paintings. Despite the first impression of a sophisticated and detailed picture his technique is mostly based upon light and tonality and his typical brushstrokes. Precisely this strong light effect and the subtle use of color are the driving forces behind his work.

His work is mainly inspired by the interaction of a sole actor and the environment. One might say that his paintings are a kind of safe space for the actors.reflection of the water enhances the image of the inward-looking woman, a beauty ideal that is at odds with the hurried society in which we find ourselves.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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Specialty: ✔ Technical



Colour and Composition


Technique Demos


Studio setup for art production


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique

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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

Ralf puts his figures in a position of rest and contemplation. It all does not seem to matter what is happening around them. They are in their own thoughts and don’t communicate with the spectator.  The play of light and texture play an important role in the composition.

Ralf is an experienced art teacher. He regularly gives more day painting workshops in Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Spain.