Rokus van Blokland (1926-2018) studied Graphic Design and Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague from 1945 to 1949. At that time Gerard Kiljan, Paul Schuitema and Gerard de Vries taught at the academy.
After graduating Rokus van Blokland enrolled in a new study for Industrial Design which was established in that year at the same academy. Teachers were among other Gerard Kiljan, Cor Alons and Gerrit Rietveld.
Van Blokland graduated in 1953 as one of the first industrial designers in the Netherlands.
While studying Industrial Design in 1950, Rokus van Blokland started designing for Sio (Speelgoed -Toy- Industry Overijssel). In the early 50's Rokus started designing for other companies such as Hasco, a paint factory in Schoonhoven. For decades Rokus designed their packings, stands and colour systems.
Later he worked for other companies as well, as Nederhorst in Gouda, Mourik in Groot-Ammers and others.
In all the years Rokus continued to experiment with form and color, in designing for others but especially in his own work.
Teacher at KABK and AIVE
Van Blokland was teacher at the Royal Academy from 1955 to 1994 where he lectured Optical Grammatical Studies (the relation between size, shape and colour). He taught the same subject for many years in the program Industrial Design at the Royal Academy in The Hague.
From 1980 to 1985 Rokus was teacher at the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven (AIVE), now the Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE).
Rokus was active in various fields which always were sources of inspriration for him and stimulated each other; designing for Sio and other clients, the classes at the Academy as well as his own work, making objects and paintings.
In his work everything is connected; size, shape and colour.