The Red River Zoo is pleased to announce the guest artist for this year’s Zoolebration! Celebration: Hans Droog will be visiting Fargo for the event.

Originally from the Netherlands, where artist Hans Droog completed his formal Fine Art education, he worked for 3 years in Southern France, showing his work in local Galleries. Hans has been living and working in the United States since 1984 and settled in the countryside in the Hermann area, about 1 1/2 hours west of St. Louis.

Many of Hans’ paintings were inspired by the American farm life including its people, animals, and equipment.

In addition to showing his work in galleries, Hans also worked for businesses in the area designing beer steins for Anheuser Busch, posters for John Deere, and many others.

While most of Hans’ work consists of paintings, he also has done commissioned work in steel and wood. In his local town, Hans’ fabricated numeral gold covered steel statues of deer, several murals and fine furniture in wood for local B&B’s.

Hans has been making the “Zoofari” posters for the St. Louis Zoo since 1998 and is the featured artist for the Red River Zoo’s ZOOlebration! Celebration. Hans will be donating his original painting featured in this year’s celebration to the live auction to help support the conservation work of the Red River Zoo.