Born in the Netherlands near Zundert, the birthplace of Van Gogh, Rennes shares the same great passion for the South of France as his predecessor. From a young age, Rennes was passionate about painting as a way of revealing his inner world. He painted using intense and vibrant colors.
Later, studying at the Fine Arts Academy of Tilburg, his interest turned to nature and to the volcanic eruption as a symbol of emotional liberation. He introduced volcanic lava into his work, blending the lava with pure pigments, a technique he still uses today.
Leaving the Netherlands after a brief time of teaching, Rennes travelled the world as a nomadic artist. Discovering primitive roots along the way, each contact with a different culture influenced his art.
One day Rennes passed through Collioure in the South of France. As did the Fauve painters Matisse and Derain long before, Rennes was captivated by the magnificent light and pure colours of this charming Mediterranean town.
Rennes’ work is regularly exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and America, but he always returns to his base in Collioure.