Welcome to the official website of Olivier Rijcken
Olivier Rijcken (1967) is a Dutch illustrator and artist with a love for nature, crafts, sustainability issues and bringing people together. In 1992 he graduated as agricultural engineer at the Wageningen University (Msc in Land and Water Use Management) and quickly found his way back to his first passion: arts.
On this site you will find a portfolio of illustrations and cartoons made in the past 25 years. The selection aims to show the different drawing styles and the wide range of topics Olivier illustrates for. The pictures above are a selection of murals or earlier art-projects.
For Olivier's Dolers art project please check out: dolers.com
For recent illustrations and graphic recordings, visualising change and learning, please visit: iktekenvoorverandering.nu
In the course of years I have illustrated many educational books, lessons and programmes. All together probably more than 2000 pictures for amongst others Uitgeverij Zwijsen, Agromisa, Landelijke Werkgroep Economie Onderwijs and ThiemeMeulenhof. The selection here includes Long-distance learning in Afghanistan, nature education and illustrations for the educational magazine MaanVisRoos and Jeelo (jouw eigen elektronische leeromgeving).
Hans Kuijper is a Dutch childrensbook author with whom I have worked many times. Here you find pictures from ‘Alle drieren en Frank’,'Jacob en de Torenschilder’, 'Naar de zup’ and the comic book for learning Dutch as a second language ‘Feest met de Buurman’. Other illustrations belong to the books ‘Lachen met lef’(Anneke Dekkers & Karin de Galan),' Coachen met Voice Dialogue’ (Judith Budde & Karin Brugman) and 'Ready for take off: een vliegende start in je eerste baan!' (Jolanda Bouman).
The illustrations shown here a e examples found in magazines and folders, sometimes serving internal communication only (like for the municipality of Zeist or the Province Noord-Holland) or dressing specific topics like for Zaanstad, Woonzorgcorporatie IJsselheem, Landbouw-Economisch Instituut (LEI), Greenchoice or Supporter (NCDO magazine on sports and international development).
Visuals can be seen as more complex illustrations, sometimes including texts to show and explain situations (in the future) or to clarify a process. In order of appearance (from left to right) community housing project Bitburg, Supplychains for Qbuzz, Wormerwonen, Monet Boulevard (Zaandam), city planning Zaanstad, process for asylum seekers to find work and integrate, rainproof adaptations in garden and house, a new school building and the Wholeschool approach.