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Robin Deirkauf

Robin Deirkauf was born in Bilthoven, Netherlands, in 1946. He passed away in 2019, in Amsterdam.

He was an interdisciplinary artist : a painter, sound artist and designer – as well as a teacher at the ArtScience Interfaculty of The Hague (NL) and at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (NL).

Deirkauf spent his early childhood in the Caribbean, where his father worked as an antiques dealer specialized in African and Asian art. The colors of Carribean landscapes and the pieces his father would sell deeply influenced his style.

The artist described his early work as eclectic, combining an ancient pictoral power with modern constructivist elements and bright colors.
Then, his approach became more conceptual, emphasizing image analysis and deconstruction : he elaborated his own visual language consisting of primary colors and shapes.

In the late 80s, he created an interactive installation based on this pictographic alphabet. The project was exhibited at the INKA Digital Arts in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, during Remco Scha's 1988 Jacquard Lecture "Het Verschiet".


The artist collaborated on many projects, such as the experimental sound and color improvisation group Rog G. Biv, "De promenoir van Mondriaan" by Dick Raaijmakers (1994) and the John Cage project (The Hague, 1988).

His work also involved robotics and 3D stage design : he worked on a pilot presentation for a theater version of He who saw everything : The epic Gilgamesh, and created a skydancer robot prototype.