Hans Breukhoven was born in Rotterdam in 1946 and grew up in a post-war Holland. A self-made man and an innovative entrepreneur, Hans Breukhoven sought to create a future for himself at an early age. He saw a potential market in the music industry. The rock ‘n’ roll generation was born and records were becoming the new habitual norm of both the young and old.
At the age of 25 he set up his first shop, the Free Record Shop in 1971 selling an array of music records. For the next 40 years Breukhoven’s store would experience impressive growth and evolve into a thriving company with over 400 stores in Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway and Finland, selling cd’s, dvd’s and video games.
However, with the advent of the internet and a detrimental shift from reatail to online purchasing and downloading music, the company saw a steady decline in sales. Eventually Free Records was forced into bankruptcy in 2013.
In 2012 Hans Breukhoven fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in London; his favorite city in the world. Two years later he was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As a type of therapy, Hans ‘acidentally’ began his artistic journey while trying to cope with his diagnosis and new unsettling life.
Forever a music lover Breukhoven's first three pieces were intricate 3D collages of original and print record covers. With an incedible zest for life and living, and a unique and diverse creative expression, Hans Breukhoven has made an astounding amount of art. Over 50 pieces of art where made during multiple rounds of chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments.
Calling himself a ‘creative creator’ he choses life everyday and in every moment he continues to create something new.