Joke Raes is an artist living and working in Belgium. Raes received her BFA from the Department of Fine Arts at Ghent University, in 2010, and her MFA at Ghent University Sint-Lucas. Furthermore, between 2015-2016 she attended a post-graduate program at HISK, the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, in Ghent. Joke Raes worked for several years as a designer and performer in theatres, and she gradually found her place in the visual arts following an under-water exhibition in the Red Sea and a residency among indigenous people living deep inside the Peruvian Amazon.
In 2017, Joke Raes realized her first large public art commission for the Alma General Hospital in Eeklo. In the summer of 2017, she developed her ceramic artwork as an artist in residence at Sundaymorning@EKWC, The Netherlands, and one year later, she participated in an artist residency in Arita, Saga, Japan. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in multiple exhibitions.