Bas van Raay (1981) is a conceptual artist based in Eindhoven.

He received his Bachelor of Arts at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (2007), and his Master of Arts in Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges at Tilburg University (2020).

(Portrait by Rene van der Hulst)

2007 Graduation work

Heatingpoint is a heated meeting point for public spaces. Design Academy Eindhoven.

2009-2012 Design phase

Between 2009 and 2012, Bas van Raay ran a professional design studio and worked for 2 years in collaboration with Karena Schuessler gallery in Berlin. This collaboration resulted in a successful solo exhibition in 2011 and his work was represented at the design section of ART BASEL 2011.

2012-2022 Research and reflection phase

Although he has a background in design, he always found himself more connected to the field of conceptual art. This made him decide to take some distance from the design world to reflect. He gave up his workspace and said goodbye to everything in it.

He went through a spiritual transformation, he studied philosophy, he changed his lifestyle and started teaching at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg. His expertise as a lecturer has become analyzing the current zeitgeist with his students, understanding the times we live in in order to be able to adapt to the ever-changing zeitgeist.

2022 and onwards > A new phase

In 2022, a decade later, he began his practice again. This time his focus is on conceptual art. By having reflected for ten years, his attitude, his vision and his work have evolved as a result.


2022 Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven, funding for the spirit within series.