Florentijn HofmanThe Netherland

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Kampen, The Netherlands in 2000 and then went to obtain a MFA from the Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin, Germany. Hofman aims to challenge the audience’s comfort levels by recasting the perspective of simple quotidian objects. The familiar and positive attributes of his artwork allow the public to explore art in a sociable and enjoyable way. Subsequently he crafts these everyday items into clear and iconic images, oddly oversized “toys” that surprise and delight through their sheer size and use of materials. One of Hofman’s most famous works is Rubber Duck (2007), a giant inflatable rubber duck reminiscent of the famous bath toy, and it has been seen in harbors across the world from France to Brazil, New Zealand to Hong Kong, and from Pittsburgh to even Santiago in Chili. The works are immediately identifiable and have an instant appeal. The attention Hofman gives to his surroundings lets him examine the possibility of material and explore the essence and the beauty of form and shape. He expands his imagination by merging the local culture into his artwork and evokes the missing interaction. Social engagement and intercommunication are key elements in Hofman’s creation as he seeks to generate an encounter for the audience with a universal aesthetic by sharing his passion for public art. The joy he creates leads audiences to abandon the idea of race and religion and to engage with the artworks. By reproducing large versions of everyday objects, Hofman hopes to inspire happiness and joy.

Exhibitions (excerpts)

2018 “Play Around the World” (Whitestone Gallery Taipei, Taiwan)
“Play Around the World” (Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong, China)
2017 “Rubber Duck” (Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile)
“Bubblecoat Elephant” (Kraken, Shenzhen, CN)
“Sweet Swans” (Seoul, Korea)
“Bubblegum Frogs” (Chiayi County, TW)
“James a la Laika” (Shanghai, CN)
2016 “Pets” (Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, The Netherlands)
“Conibear” (Eelde, NL)
“Floating Fish” (Wuzhen, CN)
“Rubber Duck” (Osaka and Macau)
2015 “PROJECTS 2014 (Moonrabbit, Taoyuan, TW)
“Belgrade Bear” (Belgrade, Serbia)
“Hippopothames” (London, UK)
“Rubber Duck” (Shanghai, Nanjing, Guiyang, Qingdai, Hangzhou)
2013 “Zagarayuschiy Zayats” (St. Petersburg, Russia)
“2 Blue Sparrows” (Rock Werchter Fest, Werchter, Belgium)
“Rubber Duck” (Sydney, Baku, Hong Kong, Pittsburg, Beijing, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung)
2012 “Mosca Muerta” (Cut Out Fest, Querétaro, Mexico)
“Mickey the Pig” (Arte headquarters, Strasbourg, France)
“Little Factory” (Landmark industrial area Azeven Noord, Drachten, NL)
2011 “Kobe Frog” (Hyogo Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan)
“Steelman” (Amsterdam, NL)
“Lookout Rabbit” (Nijmegen, NL)
2010 “Fat Monkey” (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
“Solo show, 12 meter Rubber Duck” (Hasselt, BE)
“The City Museum, 2 Caniches and Mole” (Lelystad, NL)
Solo show, “Dushi” (Delfzijl, Groningen, NL)
2009 “Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009”, “Rubber Duck” (Osaka, JP)
“Twente Biennale” (Hengelo, NL)
Solo show, Galery West, “Dushi”, “Two Treehouses, Tree and platonised wood” (The Hague, NL)
2008 “Mostra sesc de artes 08, Rubber Duck” (Sao Paulo, BR)
2007 “See for real, Zirkus Zeppelin” (South-Holland, NL)
“Instant Urbanism” (Basel, Switzerland)
“Estuary Biennale” (St. Naizare, FR)
2006 “Urban Explorers Festival” (Dordrecht, NL)
“Boumbaclaque, Dak’art Off biennale, Lion avec ballon” (Dakar, Senegal)
2005 “Krabbeplas, The Great Conservancy Show, happening” (Vlaardingen, NL) Solo show (Galery West, The Haque)
“Nationaal Monument” (Amsterdam)
2004 Solo show (Museum Nagsael, Rotterdam, NL)


  • image01

    Rubber Duck



    107.0 × 83.0 × 72.0 cm

  • image03

    Bubblecoat Elephant II



    110.0 × 64.0 × 60.5 cm



  • image01