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Onno de Graaf ( Alblasserdam, 1956) education Drawing Painting Design. Graduated in 1981 from the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. Artist in Zeeland. Lives and works on the edge of the Oosterschelde in the special village of Kats in the municipality of Noord-Beveland. He has recently moved from the unpaved, quiet "peripherique" of the Molstraatje, overlooking the sea dike and the empty Leendert Abrahampolder, to the noise and bustling bustle of Kats center, with a view of the Katse church on one - and the menhir with lots of rowdy grazing cows on the other side. There he lives on the corner of Dorpsstraat, behind the house is his modest studio, with entrance in Dijkstraat. Onno de Graaf is a draftsman, but mainly makes mono prints, with trips to objects and images. Mono prints are one-time prints. He paints on a pre-processed plate with self-made printing ink. The performance is printed by hand on Chinese or Japanese paper. The print is marouflaged on canvas or panel. This method forces him to act quickly and that's a good thing! Onno de Graaf initially makes multi-coloured, complex expressionist works. Now the images are more subdued in color and image. Lines, layering and structure, the crunchy scratching is becoming increasingly important. Concentrated, and therefore fast, faster.. The starting point is the many, many drawings and small pictures, which are later translated into a larger format. Drawings that he later uses to decorate his objects… The performance itself is becoming increasingly unmentionable and simplified in form, but has its origin in abstracted human and animal figures, with or without an elephant pipe nose, boat boxing gloves or tower boom propeller.