Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel

There’s something overwhelmingly surreal about Ruud van Empel’s digital collages of children. The Amsterdam-based artist’s subjects are always impeccably dressed, centered in magic realist settings of forests, lakes, and gardens. They look directly into the viewer with eyes wide open in a strangely eerie, puppet-like fashion.

Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel
Children’s Portraits by Ruud van Empel