Foke Stribos (1949), an offshoot of an artistic and creative family from Weert, lives in Dirksland, has received training at the St. Joost Academie in Breda, the Jan van Eyck Academie and the Stadsacademie voor toegepaste kunsten both in Maastricht, and the Hogeschool en Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam.


Besides his long career as art teacher, he has been industrious as a visual artist. This has taken a number of forms, including painting, video production, written publications, several artist's group initiatives and numerous expositions in popular Dutch galleries. He has also featured on television in a number of programs.


He paints with broad brushstrokes using colour, form and rhythm. Regular themes find inspiration in the whole biblical narrative, the natural world and from the enjoyment of painting itself, which find cohesion after much reflection. Using a particular theme as a starting point, he gathers images or creates video fragments to bring up associations and thought processes to the surface, which then make him insecure and new excitement. In this way, he forms his paintings from acrylics with sand, or oils on linen/wood panel. In this process, Foke forms as well as an abstracted reality, the firm realism of the themes.