Born in 1983 the small city of Lelystad, The Netherlands, Joram Roukes earned his BFA in fine arts at the Minerva Academy of Arts in Groningen in 2006. After which, he was nominated for the Young Talent Award curated by Dutch arts magazine, Kunstbeeld. In 2008 Roukes was awarded a stipend from the Dutch National Arts Foundation, ‘Fonds BKVB (currently known as Mondriaanfonds), which he used to set up an artist residency in Brooklyn, NYC. Roukes currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Joram Roukes’ work is a dark, humorous play on topics that range from popular culture, global affairs and personal experience. Roukes creates juxtapositions of imagery to create abstract narratives and figures that evoke introspection and contemplation. His work gained attention from several international galleries such as CASS Contemporary in Tampa, Thinkspace in Los Angeles and StolenSpace in London. He work has been exhibited in cities world-wide, including Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Tampa and London.
In addition to his gallery exhibits, Joram Roukes has completed large scale murals all over the world. His walls can be found in Seattle, Honolulu, Portland, Florida, Las Vegas and throughout Europe.