‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ Picasso once claimed. For Frank de Ruwe, also known as Frankey this problem is totally and utterly non-existing. And although Frank acknowledges the differences and thin lines between styles, trades and professions he also happily ignores these borders and crosses them while smiling politely. He is simply a designer-inventer-artist-advertising creative-technician-food critic.
His work has been shown at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and in various exhibitions in USA, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. His first big solo show was in 2018 in New York at the Wallplay gallery and in 2019 he had another solo show in Amsterdam at the O.D. gallery. Resulting in numerous publications.
Frankey currently lives and works in Amsterdam. The city where, if you look closely, you can discover his works in unexpected spots. Like a small bronze sculpture of deceased and well loved mayor Eberhard van der Laan, right above the entrance of the iconic Paradiso music hall, or the stained glass tribute he made for Johan Cruyff in tram stop number 14 in Amsterdam. Or you might spot a fresh new weekly ‘street art gem’ of his making. In the wild or, in case you missed it, in his own weekly visual column in Dutch newspaper ‘Het Parool’.