You may call his work contemporary, classic, realistic, figurative or traditional – in the end these words don’t make a lot of sense; what matters is that the observer will see for himself, what he or she likes, and how he or she judges the painting. It is about: what does the painting do?
I remember very well that, as a child, the day I got out of the pen, stood straight and started walking, I almost immediatly began te draw with a chalk on a little blackboard. Faces, profiles – drawing, wiping out, trying again, improving, another face in profile, wiping out, changing, watching, watching, watching…, and afterwards the next face and so on.
Throughout the years Riebo Rietema has developed himself as a professional painter. He is autodidact. Riebo mainly paints still lifes, but also portraits, landscapes and cityscapes. He paints from life, from reality, and does not make use of photo’s, camera or computer (although he did so in the past).
After initially having worked abstract - with acrylic, water soluble pastels, soft pastel, graphite, chalk and charcoal -, he gradually started painting realistic, with oil paint as a means.
Since end 2019 he started again painting abstract.
A first short film, called Verbeeld, appeared in autumn 2019 and presents an in depth view into the daily life of the artist.
Riebo Rietema works in Kunstfabriek De Transformatie Arnhem and lives in nearby Oosterbeek.