Ralf Heynen (1978) is a fine arts painter from Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He was born with a form of cataract. Therefore, his sight is blurred and it is impossible for him to see sharp lines and fine details. What remains is a hazy image of light and color. On closer inspection, this can be observed in his oil paintings. Despite the first impression of a sophisticated and detailed picture his technique is based upon light and tonality and typical brushstrokes. These strong light effects and the subtle use of colour are typical for his work.
In 2011 Ralf returned to his former passion, portraits and figure paintings. He is mainly inspired by the interaction of the model and its environment. Recently, he started a series entitled The silent beauty of contemplation, in which his models pose at the waterside. The reflection of the water enhances the image of the inward-looking woman, a beauty ideal that is at odds with the fast pace of our society. Ralf puts his figures in a quiet position of rest and contemplation. The play of light and texture play an important role in the composition. His love of fine fabrics and intricate patterns in a dilapidated environment is also clearly visible in this series, creating a contrast between the model and background. Because of this tension an almost mystical atmosphere is created, engendering a sense of loss and alienation.