Arcimboldo // Arcimboldo is known as a 16th-century Mannerist. A transitional period from 1520 to 1590, Mannerism adopted some artistic elements from the High Renaissance and influenced other elements in the Baroque period. Arcimboldo also tried to show his appreciation of nature through his portraits.
Ruud van Empel creates digitally enhanced photographs with a dream-like quality. His idyllic scenes of children in lush tropical settings evoke a modern Eden, but a paradise shrouded with mystery. These complex works are bursting with life and color. Lush, surreal, immaculate, flawless beauty that brings up a discussion of perfection and innocence.
Rudolph van Empel graduated Cum Laude from the Academie St. Joost, Breda (1976–1981) as a graphic designer. In the mid-nineties, he decided to develop himself further as a visual artist. His international breakthrough came with his series of works entitled World, Moon, Venus (2005–2008). These were first exhibited , in the George Eastman House. Van Empel constructs his works through staged photography, digital enhancement and collage.