About me

As a child I often played with all kinds of materials to build temporary constructions. But when I “discovered” painting I thought I found my real interest. I wanted to learn how to paint as well as I could, so I studied techniques to master it myself. When I was nineteen I had my first exhibitions and I felt that my future was to be a painter.

In my late twenties the (side-) jobs in combination with painting took more time and for years making was on the back burner. So early in my forties I decided again to be a painter. I became a member of an artist collective, initiated and organized art events and started to explore other art disciplines. This really took off when I entered the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and started to work with all different kinds of materials.

During the years at the academy I realized that making sculptural installations is what challenge me most. And which subjects fascinate me to start making things. Now I know that I am not a painter or sculptor but a constructor of things, just like I started as a child.  

Education, residencies, grants and prizes:
Stichting Stokroos co-supported the creation of "Sorry, better Safe than Sorrow"
2021 Professional Jury Award (Work Stipend) for CeraCons at Ceramics Triennial
2020 Working period at NAIRS, Scuol, Switzerland
2019 Artist in residence, Sculpture Space, Utica, New York
         Post-graduate study of ceramics, EKWC, Oisterwijk
         Stichting Stokroos co-supported the project “Ceramic Constructables” at EKWC
2018 Support from Mondriaanfonds to participate at the Moengo Festival, Suriname
         Grant from Mondriaanfonds for a residency at Tembe Art Studio, Suriname
2017 Grant from Mondriaanfonds for a residency at Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao
2016 Scholarship for project “Let's Celebrate Being Second” at Studio Tartuensis, Estonia
2015 Fellowship for working period at Da Wang, Shenzhen, China
2014 Artist in residence, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Korea
2012 3rd prize with Dugout at Moved Winds, Germany
         Incentive prize from inner-city project group, Amsterdam
2011 Miloslav Chlupáč Foundation Grant for Stone Sculpture Symposium, Salzburg
2008-2013 BA Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam 

Exhibitions, Projects & Collaborations (a selection):
2022 Centre Culturel d'Andenne, Belgium
         Depend on Me, Punt WG, Amsterdam
2021 Keramiek Triënnale, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn 
         Dead Darlings #13, W139, Amsterdam
2020 Tops (Mimicking which nature), Nairs, Switzerland
         AYCA, Kunsthal, Rotterdam
2019 Griffis Sculpture Park, New York (unveiling public art work)
         Big Art, De Hem, Zaandam
         Nakanojo Biennale, Sawada former Elementary School, Japan - link
         Test Case XVIII & XIX, EKWC, Oisterwijk
2018 Moengo Visual Arts Festival, Suriname (with Vera Visser) - link
         Move, Don't be a chicken, Move!, Moengo, Suriname (unveiling public art work)
2017 The Temporality is the value, IBB, Curaçao
         Big Art, De Zonnewijser, Amsterdam
         Dufus Tidious, Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam
         A Temporary Farewell Show, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
2016 Ritme & Regelmaat, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
         Let's Celebrate Being Second, Tartu, Estonia - link
         Paradise Shift, Punt WG, Amsterdam
         Norway's First Small Talk Festival, Storhaug, Ålvik, Norway - link
2015 Chinese Everywherism, Da Wang Culture Highland, China - link
           Sliced standing, standing sliced, Inkijk, Amsterdam
2014 Korean Success, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Korea - link
         Turns in Fine Art, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam 
         What happened between the walls, Fontrodona's Artspace, Amsterdam (with Vera Visser) - link
         Schok, Klimduin, Schoorl
         Ecce Homo, Aterlierhaus, Aachen, Germany
2013 Connected in Difference, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
         Down the Rabbit Hole, Lichtfabriek, Haarlem
         Fort Abcoude, Abcoude
2012 Si.Si.Spex(2), Amsterdam
         Moved Winds, Wolfhagen, Germany
         Global Village, Sully, France
2011 Uncut - The Living Object, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
         2055: Nieuw Vennep - New Babylon, Post NV, Nieuw Vennep - link
         Kiefersteinbruch, Fürstenbrunn, Austria
2010 Art Pie (with RC de Ruimte), Amsterdam
         RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden
         Glow, Designhuis, Eindhoven - link
         The Pyramid of IJmuiden, RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden
         Accidental Harmony, Utrecht
         The Sound of Shadow, Basisbureau & Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam - link
2009 #2 Designed Nature in Frankendael park, Amsterdam
         Funen Art Gallery, Amsterdam 
         Cat litter bunkers, Amsterdam
2008 ASUAX-Amsterdam-Shangai Unknown Artists eXchange, Amsterdam - link
         The Wonder of Woerdes,Defensie eiland, Woerden - link
         Art Pie (with Het Kattenbak Collectief), Amsterdam
            Galerie De Valk, Harlingen
         Galerie Post, Hulst
2007 Galerie Vonkel, Den Haag
         Woerdstock, Woerden

Works in public space/public collections:
2019 Reusable Commemorative Statue, Griffis Sculpture Park, New York
2019 CeraCons (David & Pieta), EKWC, Oisterwijk
2018 Move, Don't be a chicken, Move!, Moengo, Suriname
2017 The temporality is the value, Esmeralda, Curaçao

Publications (a selection): 
2021 Klei Magazine 3/2021: Front page and article
        Taiwanese Artist Magazine 551, April: About my ceramic and other works
2019 Parool (Newspaper 11-09-2019): interview because of Big Art - link
         MetropolisM (Magazine 02-2019): review work at EKWC - link
2018 De Ware Tijd (Newspaper 16-04-2018): review on inauguration of public work in Moengo, Suriname
2017 Amigoe (Newspaper 17-12-2017): review work at IBB, Curaçao
         Antilliaans Dagblad (Newspaper 01-11-2017): review project with students of IBB, Curaçao
         Parool (Newspaper 21-01-2017): review work at exhibition A Temporary Farewell
2015 BK-informatie (Magazine 03-2015): Article on residency at GCC, Korea - link
2014 Witteveen visual art Centre (Magazine 03/3014): Review of works
2013 Witteveen visual art Centre (Magazine 02/3013): Review of works
2012 HNA (Newspaper 16-08-2012): Interview
2010 IJmuider courant (Newspaper 04-09-2010): Interview

Other activities:
2020/2020 Mentoring students of the All You Can Art Summer Academy, Rotterdam
2017/2017 Educational projects with students from IBB, Curaçao
2012/2019 Outdoor wood sculpture projects with and for children
2016/2016 Guest artist for land art projects at UWC Nordic, Norway
2009/2011 Art education projects with juvenile convicts
2008/2009 Member of artist collective Het Kattenbak Collectief