Joep van Lieshout born in 1963 studied at the academy Willem de Koening in Rotterdam.
He lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the beginning of the 80s, he has mostly been producing bright coloured objects made out of polyester, the material that was to become his company brand name the years that followed. In 1995, he founded l’Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL),(in English the Van Lieshout Workshop) which works like an SME but in a more college like manner with 20 people that possess complimentary skills.
AVL is now famous internationally. Skilled balance between art, architecture and design without forgetting humour.
His art works are useful, simple and substantial.
The reoccurring themes in the works of workshop AVL are autarky, power, politics and the classical themes of life and death.
He describes his style as a juxtaposition between rationality and irrationality.
The good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. Contradictions are always present in his work.
His influences: Leonardo da Vinci and amongst contemporary personas: Joseph Beuys and Bruce Nauman.
The AVL works are found in private collections and in a few international museums.