Roy Villevoye approaches with an anthropological view how people relate to each other and what this means. He travels around the world and connects in a pervading way with the places he visits. Inquisitive, he reflects on the complex interaction and interpretation of cultures and economies, the frictions between them and dilemmas that come into play when making the work.
After a succesful career as a painter in the late 1980s, Roy Villevoye started following a new artistic course. Especially since 1992 when he began to travel frequently outside Europe, mostly to Papua, the former Dutch New Guinea. From then on his regular stays with the Asmat people inspired him to create a variety of works – first paintings, gradually also photographs and works in other media – about colour, cultural codification and identity. His work has gradually developed as a testimony of -sometimes uncomfortable- encounters and dialogue between two asynchronous cultures, beyond the simplified scheme of progress, the primitive and the mythical and the conventional assessment of values and manners. It reflects the interdependence and complexity of these interactions. This is also a
motive in a number of the films he has been making since 1998, often in collaboration with Jan Dietvorst.
further reading: Sven Lütticken: Secret Publicity, Nai Publishers, Rotterdam 2005
Roy Villevoye (1960, Maastricht) studied at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, where he also currently works as an advisor. In the late 1980s he was assistant to Sol LeWitt. He has exhibited internationally in museums and institutions among others Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Boymans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Argos Brussels and Kyoto Arts Center, Yokohama Museum of Arts in Japan. His work is represented in numerous private and public international collections.