Ernst van Hoek


Ernst van Hoek is a Dutch Berlin based artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Since the beginning of 2020 and inspired by the father of collage Henri Matisse, he has started exploring the world of the paper cut-out collages. He approaches the creation of imagery in a personal and unique manner, with a bright and contrasting use of colour. A wide range of sources, photographs and real objects inspire his fascination with contemporary representation of the queer body and queerness in general. His practice embodies the experiences he has with people in the marginalised queer community - both on- and offline. It's no stretch to say that queerness continues to render one an outlaw in society. Van Hoek has always tried to show queerness in all its layers and complexities, by investigating the transformation of the (human) body and displaying 'otherness' in our contemporary (still) predominantly heteronormative society. In his quest he is continuously researching, questioning and imagining the Queer Utopia. Van Hoek has shown works in group shows in Rotterdam, Arnhem, Athens and Berlin.

2016 - present              Founder of Studio Ernst van Hoek for Graphic, illustration & Art, (Berlin, GER)

2022 May - present          graphic designer at Arte Magazin Arte Mag (Berlin, GER)

2019 (Jun - Nov)          Graphic designer (communication & design) Koenig Galerie (Berlin, GER)

2018 (Apr - Jul)          Assistance to designer/artist Sarah Illenberger (Berlin, GER)

2017 (Jun - Oct)          Collaborating with Souvenir By Gallery (Berlin, GER)

2017 (Apr - Jul)          Design contributing for fashion exhibition 'STIJL ONTKLEED' by SCHUIT (Arnhem, NL)

2016 (Oct - Dec)          Internship at designer/artist duo Pinar & Viola (Paris, FR)

2013 - 2016                  Bachelor Graphic Design at the Institute of the Arts ArtEZ (Arnhem, NL)

2015 (Aug - Dec)          Internship at art collective Slavs & Tatars (Berlin, GER)

2012 - 2013                  Preparatory year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, NL)



28 - 30.07.2023              installation at Whole Festival (Graefenhainichen, GER)

22.07.2023              pop-up exhibition 'The Dorf' at Fuerstenpalais Duesseldorf (Duesseldorf, GER)

05.06-09.07.2023              store installation 'O Sole Nostro' at Platte Berlin (Berlin, GER)

28.04-01.06.2023              solo exhibition 'A fantastical truth' at Galerie Kollaborativ (Berlin, GER)


21.05 - 08.07              Groupshow 'Nu Masculin' at Galerie Dulendemain (Paris, FR)

24.03 - 27.03              Groupshow at Kunst100 Pop-up Gallery, (Duesseldorf, GER)
10.03 - 13.03             Groupshow at Kunst100 Pop-up Gallery, (Frankfurt, GER)
25.02 - 11.03              SOLO, 'Cut-out' at ORi (Berlin, GER)
26.11.21 - 20.02.22         Groupshow 'Winter Fatigue' at Het Archief (Rotterdam, NL)
17.12.21 - 16.01.22         Groupshow in P7 Gallery (Berlin, GER)


20.08 - 28.08              Groupshow 'Pop-Up Art Exhibition 2' at The Ballery (Berlin, GER)
13.08 - 15.08              Groupshow 'HEUTE IST NICHT ALLE TAGE' at P7 Gallery (Berlin, GER)
29.01 - 07.02              Groupshow 'Identity' at The Holy Art gallery (online), London (UK)


23.10 - 29.10              Groupshow at ArtNumber23 gallery, (Athens, GR)
26.09                          Participant of the ASP online Book Fair, London UK

27.08 - 30.10.2016              Groupshow 'A Reflection On the Collection' at Museum Bronbeek (Arnhem, NL)
Spandauer str. 2
10178 Berlin, Germany