KUNST MET EEN R
The Dutch pair Ruben and Eva delight audiences with their comical take on familiar subjects. Every one of their amicable characters is hand-sculpted and arranged within their shadow boxes to depict whimsical yet intimate scenes inspired by commonplace affairs such as eating french fries or stretching after a jog.
Ruben Verheggen and Eva Post together form ‘Kunst Met Een R’ (Art With an R). Ruben conceptualizes the creative displays, while Eva applies her artistic genius in the details. From afar, it seems almost like a painting. However, as you bring your eye closer to the artwork, you can see the efforts made to create the tiniest of details in each facial expression and even the accessories. Eva uses a needle to make the finest imprints in colored clay that can only be seen upon close inspection. She takes care to create small folds in the fabrics and little wrinkles around the lips or eyes, creating fully realized characters.
“Eva’s eye for detail is bizarre. That is the beauty of our collaboration. The concept of mine and the details of her.”
Ruben and Eva are partners in life as well as work. Their collaboration from creative concepts to fully developed pieces shows how smoothly they work together as if it is the mind and hand of a singular artist.
Ruben and Eva are from The Netherlands, where they first found fame on a Dutch national TV talk show, where they were invited to showcase their works. Not long after that, they were exhibiting in Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, and soon after across the globe.
Ruben and Eva intend for their art to “put a smile on your face as soon as you see it.” They take typical, everyday scenes and twist them to fit into their fantastical worlds. Their artworks are a satirical conversation on popular culture, societal norms, and the direction that consumerism has taken over the last few decades. Sarcastic, ironic, but most of all, good-humored, this artistic duo transform the mundane into unique works of art.
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Ruben and Eva still live and work in The Netherlands. However, their artistic initiatives cross borders into international exhibitions. KUNST MET EEN R sculptures are for sale at Eden Fine Art galleries around the world.
Growing up in the fashion industry and being constantly influenced by designers such as Gerard Darel, it is no surprise that Fano fell into the textile industry as soon as he moved. He created the ‘trapeze dress,’ a garment that flatters all shapes and sizes, as well as becoming the predecessor to the avant-gardist wooden shop mannequin. What’s more, Fano designed the display windows of the boutiques that he bravely opened. They say that eyes are the window to ones’ soul however Fano’s boutique windows beautifully displayed his hunger to create.
After his return to Paris, the artist dabbled briefly in real estate before becoming a global designer. He began with urban streetwear, navigating a world for himself where urban trends become accessible to a wider audience, relying simply on logic and his intrinsic passion for design.
Fano then began playing with simple materials that make a resounding impression, such as metal, wood, and stainless steel. After designing fashion items, villas, and lofts, he finally attained the opportunity that he craved: to create a masterpiece. After around three months of trials, 170kg of metal, 12000 screws, a 150x150cm stainless steel frame, 12000 holes, a blow torch, an order of elbow grease, and a pinch of creativity, Fano produced ‘The Death’s-Head,’ an aluminum tank that depicts breathtaking force. It was then that Fano was able to step back and take in the fruits of his labor: a modern, graphic and textured piece of art. Within a few weeks, word had spread like wildfire and Fano began creating pieces for friends and acquaintances. Famous works such as ‘Mickey in Michael Jackson,’ ‘The Teddy Bear,’ and ‘The Indian’ were conceived and born.
His unique approach to art is unheard of and his creative spirit embodies everything that he touches. Today, his artwork is exhibited in Eden Fine Art galleries across the globe, and his latest collections never fail to surprise; aesthetic glee that transcends the pleasures of the eyes, and the heart.