Pascal van der Graaf 帕斯卡・凡德葛瑞夫

Pascal van der Graaf was born in the Netherlands in 1979. After marrying to his Taiwanese wife in 2016, he lived in Macau briefly and then settled in Xinying, Tainan. He holds a double degree in art and law from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands. He has won the BKVB prize from the Dutch National Art Foundation in 2003, 2004 and 2008. In 2007, he won the Royal Dutch Art Award in the painting category (the highest award in Dutch art). In 2010, he won a prize from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo and participated in the Cairo Biennale. He has held dozens of solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands, Egypt, Germany, Macau, Taiwan and other places.

Pascal’s early paintings tended to be figurative. Flowers, boats and seas were among his themes. After coming to Asia, his painting style incorporated elements and charms of oriental culture. From 2022, he started his attempt at abstract painting. He uses origami to sculpt shapes on canvas, uses “chameleon paint”, and collaborates with his higher self in the process of creation, which together have injected new elements into the art of painting. The color of the paint changes with the light and viewing angle, and the undulating shapes increase the color changes. Furthermore, we can feel a universal understanding and spiritual engagement. Such paintings create a new path in the history of art.

Pascal has unique skills in shaping, and is very sensitive to colors. The profuse and changing colors are harmonious, intriguing and full of power under his delicate arrangement. We can say that Pascal brought an international artistic vision and injected abundant creative energy into the Taiwanese painting field.

Pascal van der Graaf

Art education
Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands (grad. 2001)

Exhibitions (selection)
2023 Dream Bubbles, solo exhibition of Pascal van der Graaf, bug 2 Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan
2023 As above, so below; as within, so without -- double exhibition of Rob Bouwman and Pascal van der Graaf, Bug 2 Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan
2022 Twilight Meeting, Bug 2 Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan
2021 工藝新臺客——Group exhibition of new resident artists, Executive Yuan Central Building Gallery, Taiwan
2019 Fusion, Xinying cultural center, Tainan, Taiwan 
2015 We Like Art, Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015 Kunstruimte Wagemans, Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015 Das Buch, Galerie Roy, Zülpich Germany
2014 Don’t feed the Animals, Galerie Tsjalling, Groningen The Netherlands
2014 Basement Project, The Basement, Groningen, The Netherlands 
2014 NOK, Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetserzwaag, The Netherlands
2014 Quake, Kunstruimte Wagemans, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 Drewes de Wit, Pascal van der Graaf and Jan Blank, Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
2013 Bakkes, Kunstruimte Beesteszwaag, The Netherlands
2012 Oude Helden, Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands
2012 NOK, Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetserzwaag, The Neterherlands
2012 Art Amsterdam, Kunstruimte Wagemans, The Netherlands 
2011 Biënnale Cairo, Egypt
2011 Kunstruimte Wagemans, Realisme Beurs Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Shaken not stirred, Hot Prospects!, Leusden, The Netherlands
2010 Past - present – Future, Hot Prospects!, Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2010 Kunstruimte Wagemans Art Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 NOK, Museum Belvédère, The Netherlands
2009 Zomersalon, Galerie Anderwereld, Groningen, The Netherlands
2009 Galerie Maurits van de Laar Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2009 Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
2009 Art Amsterdam, Kunstruimte Wagemans, The Netherlands
2009 Roepaen Ottersum, The Netherlands54
2008 GeM (Museum voor Actuele Kunst) Koninklijke Prijs voor de Vrije Schilderkunst, The Hague, the Netherlands
2008 Nieuwe Uitleenschatten, CBK Groningen, The Netherlands
2008 Apokalupsis Eschaton, NP3, Groningen, The Netherlands
2008 NOK, Nationaal Rijtuigmuseum, Leek, The Netherlands
2008 Gijs Assmann and Pascal van der Graaf, Galerie 10, Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2008 Pascal van der Graaf, Ingrid van der Hoeven and Justin Wijers,Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
2008 Laag 52, Galerie De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2007 Koninklijke Prijs Voor Vrije Schilderkunst, GEM, The Hague, The Netherlands

2010 Stipend Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cairo, Egypt 
2008 Stipend Fonds BKVB2008 Nomination Dutch Royal Aword for Painting
2007 Dutch Royal Aword for Painting
2004 Stipend Fonds BKVB
2003 Stipends Fonds BKVB

Collections (selection)
Museum Belvédère, the Netherlands 
De Heus-Zomer, The Netherlands 
Friesland Bank, The Netherlands 
Gasterra BV, The Netherlands 
Kunstfonds Kolibri, The Netherlands 
Achmea, The Netherlands
VODW Marketing, The Netherlands
University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands 
Pennsylvania State University, Unitated States
Swedish Embassy Den Hague, the Netherlands 
Netherlands Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao 
Private collections in Europe, Africa and Asia