Rudolf Bikkers was born in Hilversum, Holland, in 1943. He graduated from the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, Holland, in 1966 and immigrated to Canada that same year.
For the past fourty-five years Bikkers has taught at various art schools in Ontario. He spent thirty of those years as professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, retiring in 2012.
In 1975 he established the master print studio Editions Canada, where he printed and published many national and international artists with the best of his graduate students as assistants. In 1986, while chair of OCAD’s Printmaking Department, he established the Extension Gallery in Toronto. It served the dual purpose of headquarters for the Canadian Print and Drawing Council and special exhibition space for his OCAD students.
In 1988 he published An Artist’s Journey, a handmade autobiographical book. In 1994 his Shostakovich Quintet, a boxed set of 5 lithographs was published, followed in 1999 by his print portfolio 'From Cello to Stone'. In 2006 'My Muses', a bound collection of 20 triptychs – lithographs, serigraphs and monoprints inspired by 20 composers – was launched at Toronto’s Goethe Institut.
Bikkers fundraising initiatives include the Artists International Direct Support (AIDS) portfolio for Sub-Saharan children affected by HIV/AIDS, in 2000, and the RCA/EPSON Painters Portfolio in 2002.
Since 1967 Bikkers has had over twenty solo exhibitions and more than fourty-five group shows in Canada and abroad. His works consists of acrylic paintings, digital art, mixed media, and Lithographs. His style is abstract and somewhat surrealist.
His work is represented in many national and international collections, including The Art gallery of Ontario, The Canadian Graphic Society, Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, York University, Toronto, Art Bank, Canada Council, National Archives, Ottawa, The Banff Centre, Alberta, Hamilton Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor and many more.
He has received several Honorable Mentions and Purchase Awards including the Ernst and Young Printmaking, C.W. Jefferies, and A.J. Casson Award. He was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy in 2001 and was awarded The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.