Award Ceremony by Eelco van der Lingen | RM Photo Talent Award and RM Public Choice Award | Best of Graduates 2020

During a “Covid-proof” RM Young Blood Award Ceremony, Eelco van der Lingen, Director of the Mondriaan Fund, announced that Tasio Bidegain (Gerrit Rietveld Academy – Amsterdam) has become the recipient of the 2020 RM Photo Talent Award, and that Ruben Raven (Gerrit Rietveld Academy – Amsterdam) has won the RM Public Choice Award. Congratulations Tasio and Ruben!

“I am very happy that Gallery Ron Mandos has opened their doors to young artists for the 13th year in a row with their Best of Graduates presentation, assisted in this by curator Radek Vana. For many artists, it has been their launch into the commercial art world that I think is of great value. I love to see that different parties within the arts join forces and for that reason, I would also like to express my appreciation for the collaboration with Museum Voorlinden and the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation. It is good to see we are all investing in young artists.” – Eelco van der Lingen | Director of the Mondriaan Fund ⁠

Tasio Bidegain (1996) was born in Menorca and grew up in Paris. Here he started to autonomously develop several independent artistic practices like painting, drawing, video, or photography, as a quotidian way to react and reflect on his surroundings. This year he graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.⁠

Curious and eager to complexify his graphical language, he specialized himself in photography. Tasio continuously learned as many analog and digital techniques of image-making as he could, ranging from printmaking (lithography, etching…) to video installation, ceramics, and textile printing. Currently, he works on merging those practices together into crafted images that can carry complex narratives. ⁠

Ruben Raven (1995) is a multidisciplinary artist whose installations of paintings, ceramic and mechanical designs observe how relationships between humans, objects and material unfold. He channels these interconnections into collections that exhibit behaviors and questions people’s unconscious creative capacity.⁠⠀

The collection slowly grows into a fantasy around these objects: their potential history, present, and future. The installation forms a layered landscape of their afterlife in which they evolve from casual souvenirs into treasures. This project invites the viewer to reconsider the implications of value that derive from the different actions attached to the objects. It questions our inclination to decide the fate of things from the moment we own them to the moment we disregard them.⁠⠀

Best of Graduates 2020⁠
Featuring the award-winning works by Tasio Bidegain⁠ and Ruben Raven
On view until Friday 20 November, 2020⁠
Opening Hours: Wed-Sat: 12:00 – 18:00hrs Sun: 12:00 – 17:00hrs⁠
Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282⁠

ABOUT Tasio Bidegain

Born in 1996 in Menorca, Spain
Works and lives in Amsterdam, The Netherland

As a young interdisciplinary visual artist Tasio Bidegain (1996) developed several independent artistic practices like painting, drawing, video, and photography as a quotidian way to react and reflect on his surroundings. Over the last years, his practices have been converging into the creation of large-scale hand-carved photographs, leading him to establish his very own pictorial technique and visual language.

Presently, his work is focused on merging analogue and digital practices together into crafted images that can carry complex narratives. He aims at creating new visual ways of describing the intricate facets of reality, in an attempt to synthesize and fixate in time his personal experience of the chaotic world.

Bidegain’s work process is both material and research-based and stands at a crossroads in-between figuration and abstraction, graphically communicating ideas while leaving space for subjective interpretations to arise.

His works have been exhibited in Amsterdam at Stedelijk Museum, Arti et Amicitiae, FOAM Museum, Galerie Ron Mandos, Het HEM, Unseen; in Paris at Citée Internationale des Arts, Galerie Bertrand Grimont; in Prague at Campus Hybernska; in New York at Shrine Gallery & Sargent’s Daughter; and have been included in the ABN AMRO Collection and private collections and he is the recipient of the 2020 RM Photo Talent Prize, awarded by Eelco van der Lingen, director of the Mondriaan Fonds.


ABOUT Ruben Raven