Rutger Emmelkamp was born in Holten, Netherlands, in 1975. He studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the mid 90s and finished his BA in fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2001. He has had solo and group exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad and has initiated several group exhibitions. Alongside his studio practice, Rutger has been teaching in various art disciplines for more than seven years at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and was appointed head of the Jewellery Department in 2013. He lives and works in Amsterdam.