Bob Tenge, painter and graphic artist


Bob Tenge was born 1934 in Amsterdam. He is an autodidact painter and graphic artist. From 1970 to 1985 he was a lecturer at National Academy of Art in Amsterdam.

His painting style is figurative and shows affinity with the magical realism of painters like Pyke Koch, Carel Willink and Raoul Hynkes. His large paintings are produced  both on canvas and panel. The last 10 years he often makes small works on copper, in the 17th and 18th century a frequently used medium for oil paintings.

His graphic's consists mainly of seven colour woodcuts and are printed by himself  in an edition of twenty-five pieces.

Since 1990 he also writes short stories, for example ‘Café De Grenswacht’ (Café The Frontier-guard), illustrated with ten woodcuts.

His work is in several Dutch museums and domestic - and foreign collections.

In 2000 he moved to the Vosges in France. His inspiration comes from the relationships between people. A good example is The Lord’s Supper. For this painting he was inspired by rural inhabitants of the Vosges to represent the table-companions.


Bob Tenge

306, Route de Fresnes

88320 Ainvelle, France

Tel: 0033 329079183