history

Atolty got the alias from his father who used it in his love letters. Atolty is the acronym for Across The Oceans Love To You
Atolty is the pseudonym of Rupert G. van Woerkom, former copywriter, magazine maker, creative director, and writer of countless scripts for television (Sesame Street), radio and theatrical plays. 
The name Atolty is a tribute to his father who sent his mother cards with an endearing note and always signed it ‘Atolty’. It was an acronym for ‘Across The Oceans Love To You’ . Born on March 3, 1950, he was raised in Curacao, one of the Netherlands’ Antilles in the Caribbean. During his formative years Atolty took drawing and painting lessons, but couldn’t go to art school for the simple reason there wasn’t one on the island.  Back in Holland he went to university, to study art history and Dutch literature. But after a few years he dropped out of university, to follow that long career in writing, culminating in magazine making. In recognition of national and international successes in making magazines he was bestowed with the Mercur d’Or, the ultimate prize for outstanding work in the publishing world.  During his long media career he never stopped creating art, and created works with a genuine focus on abstract art. In paintings ranging from completely abstract to loosely conceptual, Atolty has relied on a range of references and objects from his memories, emotions and travels in the Caribbean, the surrounding world, and even the medium of painting itself to create richly layered mixed-media compositions, using paint and found objects, and all very much influenced by etchings observed in Indian caves in Curacao.  He stresses that his paintings come from a reverence for and curiosity about what’s past his own and everyone else’s. “I am driven by the tension to communicate and the desire to hide.”

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