Ron Van Dongen
- Ron Van Dongen
- Born in 1961 in Venezuela.
- Raised in the Holland.
- He is currently resided in Portland, Oregon.
- When Ron was younger, he didn't have much interest in photography.
- When he wasn't studying, he was in his family's green house.
- His family's house was located in the middle of a tulip field.
- He attended a private college in Chicago where he studied liberal arts.
- He studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
- His visual aspect of his life was very important to him.
- He ended up going back to Holland to study and get his degree in biology and public health.
Interest in Photography
- In college, Ron took a black and white photography class for fun.
- He realized it was very interesting.
- Photography became only a hobby.
- He now grows his own flowers that he photographs.
- While taking the class he said to himself, "Wow this is really interesting, and there's much more to it than I had ever imagined it to be."
- Close-up, intimate pictures of flowers.
- Black and white photographs.
- Color photographs against a painted background to control light and tonality.
- In the year 2008, Ron gave an exhibit of images in Portland's Garden to Gallery.
- Ron was awarded The Pierre-Joseph Redoute Prize for the French version of his book The Tulip Anthology in 2010.
- In 2011, Ron's photos were featured in Foto Art Festival in Poland and Williamette Week's Richard Speer reviewed Ron's exhibit.
What Ron Says About His Work
-Quoted from an interview in 2009
"I feel proud of the fact that I’ve been able to have this consistent career. I have never been someone who’s hoped for big highlights or star appeal or fame or anything like that. I like a quiet existence, and I’m extremely fortunate that I’ve been able to do this 100%. I have very loyal customers, clients, and galleries — and that’s all I can hope for. I have no big name I can put on my resume, maybe other than one of my biggest clients is Ralph Lauren — they’ve been very supportive and loyal to me. They buy the original work, which I think is pretty unusual. "
-Quoted from the same interview in 2009
What Other People Say About Ron's Work
-Quoted by Ralph Lauren
What I Appreciate About Ron and His Work
- I appreciate that Ron didn't even start out knowing about photography and after he took one class, he realized that it was a lot more fun than he suspected.
- I also appreciate that he didn't grow up as a totally known person, but his photos have impacted many people and he has many loyal customers like Ralph Lauren.