Ruf Antonio Marval was born in Curaçao in 1947. As a young boy he already loved drawing, his aunt and uncle were also artists. He went to the St. Thomas College and continued on to Skerpene where he learned a trade by the Friars. Later he went to work for a contractor, but his love of painting continued to develop. Lately he has started drawing again full-time with the hope to become a famous artist.