Biography: meticulous study of a great master

Born in Deventer, the Netherlands, in 1960, Erik Renssen is an independent Dutch artist. What started as a modest beginning in the field of oil painting has developed over the past three decades into a prolific international artistic career. He is now an established artist with a steadily growing group of admirers and collectors.


Erik Renssen’s admiration for the work of Pablo Picasso has resulted in a meticulous study of the great master’s work. He has internalised Picasso’s visual language and he uses it to paint his own personal stories. Renssen's blonde women are not Marie-Thérèse but rather the women in his own life. The Notre Dame becomes the Rijksmuseum, Paris becomes Amsterdam, the coffee pot he paints might be the one that was across the table from him at breakfast...

Renssen expands his artistic scope through the collaborations he has embarked upon with passionate artisans like a frame maker, a printmaker and a bronze foundry.

The artist is represented by Renssen Art Gallery which is run by his wife, muse and manager, Suzka. The gallery exhibits a tasteful combination of Renssen’s art works alongside etchings, lithographs and pochoirs by Pablo Picasso. Located in the Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam’s historic art district, it is an appropriate setting for a contemporary artist who is part of the rich, ongoing tradition of Dutch art.

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