Born in 1939 in Delft, currently residing in Tiel.
As a teenager he went to see exhibitions unaccompanied
and already painted with oil paint.
After obtaining a degree in teaching, he chose to enrol
in further education at the Academy of Visual Arts in
He has taught creative arts at a secondary
school and graphic arts to all age groups.
Besides he worked in his own studio.
In the 70e he started
making monochrome white relief pieces in which light
completes the work and shadows provide the contrasts
that illuminate through subtle means its structure.
1985 he started being fascinated by geometrical visual
language and research into forms.
Within the movement of Constructivism he slowly finds
his own direction and visual language.
Out of his white relief prints, the monumental relief
panels develop naturally.The various geometrical forms
are painted in clear primary colours: red, blue, and
yellow- as well as in
white, black and
These colours accentuate the geometrical play of forms.
The relief panels are composed of broken circles, rhythmically cut-up quadrants
and diagonally cut-up triangles.
By virtue of the space cut out of the geometrical forms, the bare wall on which
the relief piece is hung always plays a role.
A single geometrical form is always his starting-point and is allowed to engender
endless variation in accordance with certain guiding principles.
He strives for
perfection in execution and stimulates a critical enquiry into form and variaton.
The relief panels of Eef de Graaf give people new experiential sensations
and thereby - in a playful manner - recreate the world.
Drs . Ankie de Jongh-Vermeulen,
till 2006 director Mondriaanhuis Museum voor Constructieve en Concrete Kunst.
Exhibitions all over the world in museums and
Book: "Een Leven in Reliëf " ISBN nr. 90-807019-5-5
www. eef-de-graaf. nl