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        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Collin van der Sluijs’ debut USA solo show, Luctor Et Emergo (I struggle and emerge), May 7–28, 2016.

        Collin van der Sluijs (b. 1980) is a Dutch artists whose unique pieces have brought him worldwide recognition. He started writing graffiti at the age of eleven, and when he was twelve he began his studies at the professional painting college in Goes. He spent the next eight years studying various art disciplines in different schools across the Netherlands and graduated from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda in 2004 with a Masters degree in fine art.

        The character of his work is marked by the various artistic techniques he blends together and his unusual subjects. He has created his own intricate, colorful, odd world with the subjects of his pieces. He takes inspiration for these subjects from the personal pleasures and the struggles of daily life. This world when expressed through the various techniques Collin has mastered, creates beautiful, multi-dimensional pieces of art work, that draw the eye in and keep it there.

        Collin van der Sluijs’ exceptional work has been published in magazines and books, and shown in galleries across the world—in The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, and USA.

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        Collin van der Sluijs
        'Luctor Et Emergo'
        May 7–28, 2016
        Opening reception with the artist, Saturday, May 7, 6-10pm
        Vertical Gallery
        1016 N Western Ave., Chicago