Robby Bolleyn was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1966.
Robby studied Photography and Marketing. He began his career as Office Manager at the World Wide Fund for Nature, but decided to devote his life to full-time photography.
For him, the mystery of the creative life lies beyond equipment and technology; it lies in observation and feeling. Robby doesn’t take pictures with his camera, but with his heart. His work is therefore a true expression of himself.
All forms of art relate to an idea, conceptual and visual; everything outside that idea is merely subject matter and technique. What matters to Robby is not “what” he photographs but “how” he photographs, how he creates his images.
As shown in his zebra portraits, he mostly looks for ideas, visual concepts and preconceived images that have already begun to form in his mind. Then, he builds his images carefully, based on intuition, even if those images are created in just a split second.
Whether it’s a lion approaching him in the Serengeti, or an “environmental portrait” in a carefully composed setting which captures the essence of a person, or the studio-based study of an African mask in which he tries to go beyond the visual qualities of this mystical piece of art, Robby always seeks to honour the spiritual identity. In his creative expression he reveals the beauty of life ... and beyond!
Robby lives with his Dutch wife Marleen Koppen in a farmhouse in Burgundy, surrounded by meadows and woods. He moved to France after declaring his home country “far too small”.
In his studio in France he does a lot of research for forthcoming projects and works on new fine art releases.