Ralf Kokke graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp with a BFA in Painting in 2014. In his paintings, Kokke captures contemporary, fantasy-like creatures mixed with classical compositions and fragments of Western Culture. In this way, the artist creates an imaginative world of carefree moments for the viewer to immerse in.
Solo Exhibitions include (Upcoming) Hooked on Neverland, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2023); New Swords Are Forged, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK (2022); Between A Rock And A Hard Place, Hans Alf Gallery, Denmark (2021); Art Rotterdam, Mondrian Fund, Concepts and Prospects, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2020).
Group Exhibitions include 'Uprising', Schloss Görne, Berlin, Germany (2022); In Momentum, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Richard Waar, Pictura, Dordrecht, Netherlands (2021); Last Days Of Summer, Eve Leibe Gallery, Milan, Italy (2021); Enter Art Fair, Hans Alf Gallery, Kobenhavn, Denmark (2021); CAVE CANEM, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK (2021);WATCHLIST, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, Germany (2020);OUTBREAK, curated by Wobby.Club, De Pont Museum, Tillburg, Netherlands (2020); Wunderwall, Plue-One Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2020); Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium (2020); To Paint Is To Love Again, curated by Olivier Zahm, Nino Mier Gallery, West Hollywood, California (2020); Late Night Pasta, Naarden, Allard Wildenberg Projects, Naarden, Netherlands (2019) (duo show); Universes Show 2, curated by Sasha Bogojev, The Garage Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019);My Biggest Small, Showhouse JayJay, Antwerp, Belgium (2019); Velvet Ropes, GIFC, Antwerp, Belgium (2019).
Highlights and Collections
In 2022 Ralf Kokke was a finalist for The Royal Award for Modern Painting – the most prestigious painting prize in the Netherlands. In addition, in 2020 Kokke was awarded a Grant from the Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands. Kokke has also received a number of residences including a Residency at Van Gogh Huis, Zundert, Netherlands in 2020. His works can be found in important private and public collections which include Dordrecht Museum collection and Van Gogh Huis collection.