Christian Rex van Minnen portrait photograph

Christian Rex van Minnen

New meets old in absurdist, emotionally-charged portraits.

"Fundamentally, I just enjoy seeing what's happening with the paint and following it, testing the limitations."

For Christian Rex van Minnen, painting is an introspective process. His surreal canvases channel the raw chaos of thoughts and emotions into elegantly rendered images. Using oil painting techniques inspired by Renaissance and Dutch masters, van Minnen depicts his subjects with a decadent level of detail. His subjects themselves are, however, far from sublime: deformed faces, garish still lifes and...

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Christian Rex van Minnen (he/him) was born in 1980 in Rhode Island and lived in numerous US cities such as Denver, Los Angeles and Colorado, before settling in Brooklyn, New York.


In August 2021, he became the first artist to hold simultaneous exhibitions across NANZUKA’s three Tokyo locations - also representing his Japanese solo show debut!

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van Minnen collaborated with directors Justin Carlson and Alex Nicholson to create a short experimental documentary providing a glimpse into his studio practice.

Collaborations with Christian Rex van Minnen

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