Max Kreijn, who was born in the south of the Netherlands in 1947, is considered to be one of Holland's most outstanding realist painters. He has had more than sixty solo-exhibitions in galleries and Musea all over the world. Since dropping out of studying Architecture in the sixties and following courses at several Art Schools in Holland and the United Kingdom, he moved to Spain to teach himself how to paint on the island of Ibiza. His first exhibitions were in galleries in Amsterdam and other cities in Holland from 1974, followed by a long career with shows under his belt all over Europe, The United States, South-East Asia and Australia. For years he has divided his time between Amsterdam, Andalucia, Buenos Aires, Venice, Paris, Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Sicily and Sydney. He now lives and works in an antique Thai teakhouse by the Choapraya river in Bangkok and a penthouse overlooking the entrance of Sydney Harbour in Darlinghurst. 'My love of cooking, since childhood, has kept me reasonable sane, at least in my own opinion, ' he says. 'I started writing down recipes about fifteen years ago and have fiddled with all these for many years. Being a Virgo, I kept making more notes every time I cooked something, until it became absolutely necessary to bundle the lot.' Nowadays, he spends his time between writing his fourth novel, preparing several gallery shows, a big retrospective for an International Museum, trying to get on top of the logistics of organizing a traveling exhibition, called DOUBLE TAKE for eight European Museums and cooking good country-food in Bangkok and Sydney.