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Ralph Zabel (1991) is a freelance illustrator living and working in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Ever channelling his fascination for consciousness, the mystical and surrealism in his commissioned or contemporary work, Ralph likes to celebrate the imagination and tell real-life stories.

Since graduating from art school in 2014 with a bachelor degree in illustration, he has illustrated for several national newspaper and other publishers in the Benelux as well as for the scientific and performance industry. Also fascinated by theater and animation, lately his illustrations are appearing more often on stage.

Currently Ralph is working on a picture book commissioned by publishing house Boycott Books, and made possible by het Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.

For commissions, collaborations or other inquiries, feel free to contact me!

+31 (0) 610178691





NRC Media, De Volkskrant, De Correspondent, Nederlands Film Festival, Illustratie Biënnale, De Morgen, Boycott Books, Doloris B.V., Radboud UMC/University, Bochumer Symphoniker, Theaterschool Rabarber, University of the Arts Utrecht, De Dakhaas



2020-2022: Solo show - Gys Utrecht Voorstraat & ASW

2020: Illustratie Biënnale/NFF - Group show on 4 locations in Utrecht

2019: Solo show - P60, Amstelveen
2018: Hänsel und Gretel opera - Anneliese Brost Musikforum, Bochum DE

2017: Holland, group show - This Art Fair - Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam 

2017: Holland, group show - NL=US, Rotterdam 

2017: Landmarks, group show - Moira, Utrecht 

2017: Holland, group show - TAC, Eindhoven 

2016: Bloedbroeders, group show - Kapitaal, Utrecht 

2016: We vs Me, solo show - The Thinking Hut, Amsterdam 
2015: Arts in the Alley - Brainwash Festival, group show - Sint Pietershalsteeg, Amsterdam 

2015: HABITAT -de stad alsleefomgeving', group show - Kunstliefde, Utrecht 

2014: Round 2!, group show - Kapitaal, Utrecht 

2013: Eenstam van, group show - Das Spectrum, Utrecht 


2021: NRC Media - De grote ontwrichting

2020: De Correspondent - Rutger Bregman: The End of Neoliberalism

2020: De Volkskrant - Zo Berbers, zo Batavier: aan de grenzen van de Klassieke Oudheid

2019: De Correspondent - IBig Pharma illustrations. Articles written by Ruben Mersch

2019: De Correspondent - Application & Divination
2018: Het Blad - Game of Poems 
2018: NRC Media - Hidden Things series, published each Saturday from the 30th of Juneuntil the 24th of August 
2018: De Correspondent - Who doesn't fit gets stuck series, written by Pieter Hilhorst 
2018: De Morgen Newspaper - .Cult cover, The Art of the Erotic 

2017Aedis Aurea Selected Works, self-published zine 
2017: Holland Book based on songs by Mark Lotterman 
2017: Zone5300 #114
2016: Wobby 'Haarlem Stripdagen Edition'
2016: Synthese - Cover 
2016: Sync 6 - Syr 
2016: De Dakhaas 8 - Debestevisspots van Utrecht 
2015: Wuft - William Kentridge


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2010 - 2014: Bdes Illustration at the Utrecht School of the Arts.

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