Rene Zwaga

Rene Zwaga was born on the 16th of august 1958. He grew up together with his mother, three brothers and a sister in Amsterdam. His father, who passed away in 1962, was a professional housepainter. Before RenÈ Zwaga started to develop his more creative abilities, he at first followed in his fathers footsteps. He went to the school of painting and decorating in Utrecht. After some time he discovered that his aspirations went further than house painting. Therefore, after the NIMETO, he chose to go to an artschool. The creative urge became increasingly stronger, so he decided to follow his dream and become a professional artist.

After finishing his formal art studies in Amsterdam he himself explored several techniques of fine art to develop his own unique style. His images and technique show great versatility. He has always been looking for the ultimate form in which to express himself. This, in his opinion, is a never ending process.

Before, he used to start every painting with a monochrome underpainting in oils. These days he chooses acrylics and color. Over this underpainting he continues with oil paints. The last few years he paints on canvas on board. Whoever looks at his more recent works can also see that texture and technique are more visible then before.

RenÈ Zwaga intends to continue developing himself artistically, always in service of the image that needs to be expressed. Technique, style and method are just tools in the process. He hopes specifically to combine art with love, realism with fantasy and matter with spirituality. His paintings are sometimes confronting, but always contain a message of hope. His work reflects his life and is a journey of growth and harmony.