Hi! Hallo! ¡Hola! I’m Onke Truijen, an artist who paints portraits on recycled cardboard.
Originally from Holland, I recently moved from Ibiza to Barcelona. For eight years the Ibiza light and bohemian lifestyle were in my head and heart. It was such a change! But also a place so full of possibilities and people and new sights that are beautiful and raw. I am constantly amazed by the people and by what I visually absorb every day.more
Cardboard is My Canvas
Recycling and giving discarded materials a new life is something I really believe in. That is one reason why I mostly paint my portraits on cardboard. On top of that, I love the texture of cardboard – it feels so natural – and the colour of it. It makes the paint colours POP!
I collect the cardboard everywhere and even buy it from people who collect it from the streets of Barcelona. It gets cut it up into the sizes I need which makes it super flexible when it comes to styling.