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Renate Rolefes


Renate Rolefes is a professional artist, married and a mother of 4 children. She has been working in her own studio for many years, generally producing realistic portraits and paintings on commission. After secondary school she completed a teacher training programme in Drawing and Handcrafts in 1995. Many of her works were on themes relating to saying farewell to loved ones, but of course others had cheerful subjects. In the years that followed she generally worked on commission and spent little time on her "own" work. She created a large number of murals in schools, cafés etc. in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2007 Renate set up her own company Dead Normal Business (in Dutch: Doodgewone Zaak) to paint coffins and urns, adding a personal touch to the ritual of saying farewell. At the moment she paints cheerful paintings of animals and other subjects.

Together with Corrie, Renate is also one of the ladies behind the popular concept Happy Painting (in Dutch: Vrolijk Schilderij - with more than 64,000 Facebook fans, a gallery in Hengelo and countless paintings sold in the Netherlands and abroad) and the Online Painting Club (an online community with more than 1700 active members).

Renate has moved to Curacao in June 2018 and also makes paintings here but now with a Curaçao touch. Corrie now happily paints in the Netherlands.