Mike de Vos

My full name is Mikel Yourick de Vos and I am from the Netherlands. I lived my whole life in Zaandam, wich makes me a real "Zaankanter". I was born on the 4th of October 1994.

My whole life revolves around making art. I always knew that art was going to be a big part of my life. It was my dream to go to the art academy. The thought of drawing all day at a place where everybody around me also loves making art was heartwarming. To pursue my dreams I studied Graphic Design at Media College in Amsterdam. After that, I was able to go to the art academy. I studied Illustration at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam with a specialization in Data Design. To be honest, I didn't like my time at the art academy that much. After 5 long years at the academy I finished my study and finally got the change to do what I love the most, drawing all day. The specialization in Data Design gave me a new way of telling stories with my art. Collecting data from old letters, maps and other materials can be very inspirational. The old-fashioned black ballpoint drawings on the old materials makes the old stories come to life again.
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