Born in 1966 in Tilburg, he lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied architectural design and graduated cum laude in 1993 at the Art Academy St. Joost / Avans Hogeschool in Breda. From 1993 he had his own practice and focused primarily on architectural designs and concepts involving various architectural, furnitu… Read More
Born in 1966 in Tilburg, he lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied architectural design and graduated cum laude in 1993 at the Art Academy St. Joost / Avans Hogeschool in Breda. From 1993 he had his own practice and focused primarily on architectural designs and concepts involving various architectural, furniture and interior assignments, which have been realized. He received several architectural stipends from the government and had exhibitions in museums and galleries such as NAI in Rotterdam, Central Museum Utrecht in the Netherlands and the Martinez gallery in New York. Since 2001 his work shifted to conceptually and autonomous work in which architecture is still a recurring theme.
He constructs site-specific installations and sculptures that questions how people relate to their environment by technology, both high tech and with more earthy, rural construction methods. “It’s fascinating to see how we try to control our lives and even nature itself by using and relying completely on technology” Natural processes are part and subject of many of his works. He is interested in how nature and humans organizes itself: the consistency of growth and decay, processes of evolutionary adaptation to a changing environment. In particular, his interests include how people derive from technology development in response to the nature and the elements. Making art and culturing falls in it together. His work is a dialogue between nature and technology. To show and investigate this matter in his work, he combines technology with natural and rural elements. “Nature has it’s own order, time and rhythm” Each work is a metaphorical and conceptual treatment of sound, space, and material. It is to lend a narrative quality to the hi-tech detail design, the architectural, machine-like character of the work, causing them to transcend their merely technological nature and raise the question to what extent our actions are conditioned.
Ronald van der Meijs has exhibitions in various museums, galleries, artists’ initiatives, art biennials and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. He received art commissions of the Dutch Province of Drenthe, SKOR and Atelier Rijksbouwmeester / Dutch Ministry of housing. Also he received two art grands from Fonds BKVB of the Dutch government. Read Less