Ruud Verkerk was born in Stolwijk in 1957 and now lives in Gouda, in the Netherlands. After graduating from the Academy of Art in 1980, he became a professional painter. Verkerk’s early works were based on fantasy, but soon he moved towards typical Dutch Realism, painting still- lifes and landscapes. His style cannot be compared with 17th Century art, but it undoubtedly represents 20th Century Realism. Ruud Verkerk has gained himself an excellent reputation, thanks his beautiful compositions and use of colour. His works have been published in several books which include the best of 20th Century Dutch painters. He also exhibits regularly in several of the most prestigious galleries in Holland. His work is in numerous collections worldwide, with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands among his clientele.