Ron van Dongen was born in Venezuela in 1961, grew up in the Netherlands before he studied fine art in San Francisco from 1989. Van Dongen polished his printing skills under the tutelage of Roger Minick, a fine art photographer and expert printer.
At this time, the artist began to develop his idea of concentrating on the details of his subject. After cultivating his own garden, van Dongen began to photograph flowers more exclusively. Ron van Dongen's images of still lifes are in the grand tradition of master photographers such as Atget, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Joel Peter Witkin, yet they are also imbued with a contemporary sensibility and display a command of modern photographic techniques.