2009 The Festival writes in her catalogue:
Ruud van Empel is one of the most sophisticated artists, actually creating new image type with photography and computer technology. His imaginary images of children in a paradisical world are fascinating from both an artistic and a culturel historical perpective. Van Empel refers to architypical images of beauty and innocence. His skills with contemporary techniques also constitute a continual challange to and an unending dialogue with today’s society.