Cornelis Vink was born in Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1966 and was raised in Noordwijk, on the North Sea coast. He obtained a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Leiden in 1989. Four years later, he received a PhD in molecular virology from the Free University of Amsterdam. In the following years, he worked as a molecular microbiologist (and associate professor) at the universities of Maastricht and Rotterdam.
Along with his scientific efforts, Vink also developed his characteristic style of painting. And while his current artwork is purely abstract, it can be seen as a representation of life itself; the energetic color schemes that are used in the majority of his paintings reflect the wonderful, lively chaos of nature. The orthogonal structure of these paintings, however, appears to bring order to the chaos. This ‘order’ symbolizes the human urge to organize and control our surroundings. Vink’s work can thus be portrayed as a creative search for balance between nature (or freedom) on the one hand, and ‘control’ on the other. This search is a fantastic, continuous expedition, in which novel paths are discovered in almost every painting.
Cornelis Vink, Red Always Stands Out, 2013, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 x 2 cm
Cornelis Vink, Shooting Colors, 2012, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 x 2 cm
Cornelis Vink, There’s (Always) a Way Out, 2013, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 x 2 cm