Accola Griefen Gallery

Rob van Erve

Rob van Erve has shown internationally at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the Kao Yuan Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Avant-Garde Documenta II, Taipei, Taiwan; Gallerie De Verschijning, Netherlands; and Nederlands Textielmuseum as well as extensively in New York at Staff Gallery, the Islip Art Museum, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Gallery 128, Trans Hudson Gallery and the Sears-Peyton Gallery, among others. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and White Hot Magazine. Rob van Erve received an M.F.A. from the Academy for Art and Education, Tilburg, the Netherlands and an MFA from Ohio State University. He was born in Tilburg, the Netherlands and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Rob van Erve's work has been described as a walk through a children’s book or as a look at the planet from above. Patterned fabric, colored silk rope and luminous, Chinese offering paper have been staples in his work from the late 1990’s to the present. For a piece such as Nessun Dorma, he mined other disciplines and natural phenomenon including, Le Petit Prince by Saint-Exupery, the opera Turandot by Puccini and the experience of snow. Invariably, van Erve draws upon literature, music and theatre as part of his process.

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