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I’m Mitchell van Dis, an artist with a passion for self-expression and a love for living life on my own terms. My journey as an artist has been shaped by my academic background in Industrial Product Design, as well as my profound experiences and personal battles with mental health.
Education has always played a significant role in my artistic development. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Product Design, which has equipped me with a deep understanding of aesthetics, form, and functionality. However, my thirst for exploring the depths of human emotions and the complexities of the mind in an artistic way led me to pursue a Master’s degree in arts.
Throughout my life, I have encountered and triumphed over various mental health challenges, including depression and psychoses. These experiences have profoundly shaped my artistic style, as I channel the chaos of my mind into my work. Art has become my sanctuary, a place where I can freely express my thoughts, emotions, and inner struggles. It has become a therapeutic medium, helping me navigate the labyrinthine paths of my own consciousness.
Embracing the minimalist lifestyle, I now live in a van that serves as my mobile studio and residence. This nomadic existence allows me to explore the world, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures, landscapes, and experiences, but most importantly, find inner peace. Living simply and shedding material possessions has enabled me to focus solely on my art, cultivating a deep connection with nature and the raw essence of life.
My artistic style can be described as a reflection of the intricate chaos that resides within me. In my work, you will find flowing forms that intertwine and dance across my work, evoking a sense of graceful movement and fluidity. Repetition plays a significant role, as patterns emerge and transform, inviting viewers to explore the intricate details and discover new meanings with each glance. Layering adds depth and complexity, inviting the observer to peel back the layers of the artwork and uncover hidden narratives and emotions.
I believe that art has the power to ignite conversations, provoke thought, and inspire change. By sharing my journey and vulnerability through my creations, I hope to connect with others who have faced similar struggles, providing solace, understanding, and a sense of unity.

Current exhibitions

 
Personal structures – ART biennale venice
20.04 – 24.11 ’24