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MaunckJohn Baselmans

He was born May 20, 1954, Aalst (Waalre) Netherlands. He is an Artist / Philosopher / Writer /Graphic Designer / Illustrator who attended the "Graphic School (High school) " and "The Free Academy" in Eindhoven Netherlands. Afterwards he attended several drawing courses such as Airbrush and Architectural Rendering in the U.S.A..

His pen drawings are made in a combination of pen and ink, color pencils, watercolor pencils and soft pastel chalk. This technique, he developed, is unique and has been well received around the world. In his career he has created thousands of drawings and lustrations.

He designed more than 200 stamps for the Post Office of the Netherlands Antilles. His paintings known as "One color relief paintings" are new around the world. Nobody did this technique before! He has presented his artwork in more than 56 exhibitions world wide.


WatamulaDidi Dometilie

Didi Dometilie is a self thaugt artist who has been painting since 2002, his influences are the local artist Jean Girigori and the French impressionists. Art became his passion, his religion and his way of life about 2 years ago. He has no formal art education. Every painting is an adventure, a new chalenge.

Playa KalkiJosé María Capricorne

José Maria Capricorne, born in Curaçao in 1932, is one of the classic artists of the modern Caribbean. His vigorous lines and colourful figures communicate with an energetic and mobile imaginary that relates to a world full of popular interpretations of daily life.The points of reference for Capricorne are the natural environment and the history of the Caribbean.

Playa JeremiEddy Baetens

Eddy Baetens was born on January 2nd, 1948 in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. Since his youth he was fascinated with nature and the relation between man and nature.This fascination for nature had a great impact on his further development. After studying social geography at the University of Nijmegen, he settled in Curaçao in 1974, where he developed his skills as an artist. Very often he is inspired by what nature has to offer in materials. Especially the characteristics of wood forms inspire and develop him to sculpture his own world. The choice Eddy makes in the relation man-nature is very often the one of the human body. Besides wood he sculptures in stone, particular in Curaçao limestone to the forms of human body he likes to express.

Playa LagunFred Breebaart

After trying out several styles of painting Fred Breebaart chose to paint mainly naïves. This way of working gave him the opportunity to show his sense of honesty, a feel for the romance of the past and combine these with his preference of working very detailed. He paints fantasy landscapes, buildings and people on the go, using very bright colours. The artist works in the Netherlands but a lot of his work is inspired by Curaçao and you can find his work permanently in Kas di Alma Blou in Willemstad (Otrabanda). Basic consideration in his work is to make a painting that looks happy from a distance, always showing an unlogical amount of people, inviting the viewer to take a closer look, consisting of small jokes to raise a smile.It is that smile that is the artists reward.

Mushroom ForrestHerman van Bergen

To Herman van Bergen art is a means to discover true human nature. An exploration into own personal temporarity, which, as time passes, becomes a journey into letting go. The exploration is also based on questioning the way humans function in the world. The inevitable doctrine of power games. The manner he captures that process is remarkably personal and honest

Black Coral GardensHortence Brouwn

The human body is the main theme of Brouwns work. The inner feelings of the human being come to expression in movement and attitude. That is what she expresess in her work. Feelings like sadness, happiness, fear and despair reveal themselves in the body language. Even when a person is seen from the back, his essence can be read. She uses both natural and man made material for her sculptures. Natural material like marble, limestone, Curaçao limestone, alabaster. Man made material like bronze, cement composites.

Porto MarieMarcel van Duijneveldt

Clouds, air and endless space; these are what strike you first when looking at canvasses by Marcel van Duijneveldt. Lying on his back in the grass looking at the clouds, as a child Van Duijneveldt did this for hours. The sky and its clouds have remained his source of inspiration. Also the roots of trees, which are similarly characteristic of his work, often appear in his paintings and represent connection with the earth. He translates the Curaçao landscape and the space he feels there into a surrealistic world.

VaersenbaaiMarianne Cats

Another artist influenced by Curaçao's beauty and history, Marianne Cats often focuses on the historical aspect of the island. The landscape and striking architecture in particular have not only motivated her to start painting (watercolors and acrylics), but also fans her passion for restoring historic buildings and plantation houses. During the 2002 Curaçao Art Festival, Marianne was named best artist by the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

Superior ProducerNelson Carrilho

Satires in bronze, full of humour or biting sarcasm, questions and answers that often evoke strong emotions -those are characteristic features in the sculptures of Nelson Carrilho. The works "Identity - who cares?", "We are going to Holland", "Waiting for God" and the installation "Fools Parade". Power and impotence, justice and injustice. Obviously, politics and the church are strongly embedded in his works. Carrilho is from Curaçao, an island swarming with the bronze busts of the former conquistadors. 'Megalomania from the past, ridiculous idolatry' as Carrilho call them. "Identity - who cares?" refers to this idiocy (it was made in celebration of the five-hundredth anniversary in 1999 of the discovery of Curaçao ), but it also lashes out at the authorities, who feel themselves losing their grip on the citizens and wriggle to hold on to their powers at all costs.

Tug BoatNena Sanchez

Self-taught local artist, Nena Sanchez, draws inspiration from her surroundings. Born on Curaçao, Nena recreates the island's bright colors and lush scenes in her distinctive paintings and gliclees (fine art digitally reproduced and placed on canvas). Her work is featured in private collections in Curaçao, Europe, and North and South America. Nena's art can be purchased at her gallery at Bloempot Shopping Center or at the airport.

WatamulaAnna Oltheten

'Life is a reality. Man is born without a say and with the inheritance of the natural law of surviving. Choices will have to be made even at the expense of oneself and thus against life.' Anna Oltheten's work expresses her amazement about the reality that surviving goes against life. This is the source of her themes. 'Man is not allowed to see, speak, feel, think: man is not allowed to be. This symbolic emptiness of missing senses is strenthened by the realistic reproduction of what is visible

Playa KalkiAns Mezas Humelink

Ans Mezas-Hummelink has been drawing since she got her hands on a crayon as a toddler. In free work she uses color crayons, in portraits black and white. She has designed stamps, in series, with her head, heart and hands. A work is 'done' when it's not only technically perfect but it 'breethes' the right sense and feeling. Creating with crayon is like natural habit, it is the human being that keeps suprising her. That's why she will never stop drawing. Since some years she has also been designing zink jewelry. Searching for that unique unpredictable effect of chemicals on metal.

Playa JeremiAriadne Faries

Ariadne Faries lives and works on Curaçao. She is an artist pur sang. She is a painter and a graphics designer. She also illustrates childrens books and school materials.

Playa LagunJean Girigori

Jean Girigori has lived in Haiti, the United States, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and in the Netherlands. She studied at the Art Student League of New York, under the tutelage of the renowned artist Knox Martin. She lives an intense life, and this shows in her work-it's very intense, Caribbean and feminine.

Mushroom ForrestMonique Elmondalek

To Herman van Bergen art is a means to discover true human nature. An exploration into own personal temporarity, which, as time passes, becomes a journey into letting go. The exploration is also based on questioning the way humans function in the world. The inevitable doctrine of power games. The manner he captures that process is remarkably personal and honest.

Black Coral GardensMorgaine Parris

'Art has always been a fascination for me, from my childhood until now. And now I understand the reason why, for I was born to create no matter how.'

Porto MarieRudsel Martinus

Rudsel Martinus used to teach art and be the vice president at the Akademia di Arte Korsou, with great enthusiasm and respect for the personality of every participant. He started working in his own studio in 1999, giving art class teaching painting, drwaing and aquarel to children as well as adults..

VaersenbaaiTirzo Martha

According to Tirzo Martha, the material doesn't need to be filled with words. It speaks for itself. It is our consciousness that has to translate it for us. His work is to be a loyal mirror of our societies, a reflection of a fragment from the thin line between fiction and reality. Tirzo Martha enters within the tissues of society, converting himself into a missionary of the containing expressions. His works are echos of opressed screams. (José Alvarez de la Campa, art critic, Willemstad, Curaçao)

Superior ProducerJolanta Pawlak

Jolanta Pawlak's studio is a creative hub of artistic activity on Curacao. She creates bronze sculptures that reflect the diversity of this beautiful Caribbean island. Her photography studies also document life and nature and offer a dramatic perspective to the viewer. Both her sculpture and photography have been a part of gallery and museum exhibitions around the world. Jolanta has combined sculpture and metalsmithing skills with her keen sense of design to create her own jewelry line. She casts truly unique jewelry pieces in fine silver and often accents her pieces with pearls and gemstones. The JP Design Jewelry collection in exclusively represented on Curacao by gallery Kas di Alma Blou. She is originally from Poland, and has studied in both Europe and the United States.

Tug BoatYubi Kirindongo

Kirindongo from Curaçao, started working as an artist in 1978. He has participated in several international events, like the biennials of Havana (Cuba), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). He received special recognition with the prestigious Cola Debrot prize presented by the government of Curaçao. Kirindongo works with all sorts of discarded materials. He started out as a painter, and later on started working with cement, plastic chips, paint chips, computer parts, plastic foil, straw, rope, rubber, wire, iron, wood, car-tires and car-bumpers. This artist is inspired by what he sees, and his vision is truly unique. His art radiates a very special energy.

Tug BoatEvelien Sipkes

As is the case with many "creators", jewelry designer Evelien Sipkes finds her inspiration in nature. Not necessarily from its shapes and colors, but mainly by its structures. "It's amazing how mathematically composed these structures are - just think of sunflowers, corals, the marrow in bones - while they tend to look so organic. I never seem to be able to resist the temptation to steal from nature while constructing my jewelry." This collection consists of 3 series inspired by the colorful nature of Curaçao. The necklaces made of bones and wood, come directly from nature. The silk pieces have names like sun, moon, sea, rainy season and bougainvillea and are inspired on this island's nature. The underwater world was her source of inspiration for the pieces of zinc. The structure of corals, mathematic and organic at the same time, offered endless inspiration. By putting zinc in a bath of chemical liquids, it gets the aura of a long stay at the bottom of the ocean. Evelien Sipkes designes jewelry for the famous mezzo soprano Tania Kross.

WatamulaPhilippe Zanolino

Born in Perigueux France 1960, Philippe Zanolino is an autodidacte who lives and works in Curacao since 19 years. His canvases are recurring pretexts to guide the new visitors to the profound paths of the soul. He is the instrument of God he says. All his work appearing surprisingly without any brainy interference.The general subject matter deals with our wandering from body to spirit from the form to the formless from selfish to selfless.Be it through realistic details or symbols or pure raw energy each particular painting sculpture or else add to the autobiographical process which all of us share automatically just by being alive in the present As he says; 'our common destiny directs us toward the same peace, the same light and the same love he strives to be of service for the visualisation of the 'Monologhe de tous'.

Playa KalkiJan Toeter

Since 1983 etching is by far his beloved medium. Working in copper or zinc with dry needle or etching lines with nitric acids, lately often combined with aquatint, gives him the happiness of true craftsmanship. 'But there is always a part best described as magic. My work is often a reflection on fellings or historic events, struggle for live.' Since 2003 he works as an autonomous artist in Holland as well as Curacao

Playa JeremiJoes Wanders

Joes Wanders is an artist showing great diversity, he illustrates books and articles, he has been a cartoonist fro the Dutch navy for years, he paints historical seabattles in oil and makes portraits and landscapes. Two of his seabattle paintings are part of the collection of the late Dutch Majesty Prince Bernhard. In 1996 he started as a professional artist on Curaçao, since then Curaçao, its history and all its colourfull aspects have been an inspiration for Wanders.

Playa LagunMarja Tukker

Marja Tukker practices art since 1967, starting out with weaving techniques. Nowadays she combines all the crafts she learned over the years to make an absolute unique composition of materials and techniques. This allows her to create without boundaries in all dimensions of form and color. Since 1992 she is living and working in Curaçao and thus since then incorporating Caribbean influences

Mushroom ForrestMarlies Schoenmakers

Marlies was born in the Netherlands in 1961 and moved to Curaçao in 1995. She studied in Tilburg (NL) as well as on Curaçao. She is highly inspired by nature with its smooth, soft lines or shells and seads, of which the island is a generous provider. The flowing form, the stilled movement. That is what Marlies Schoenmakers' work is all about. All the attention is drawn to the sensuality of the form. Often her work has its natural color; at other times it is covered with a small layer of engobe in one color as a support for the form. Her work was exhibited in the Netherlands and Curaçao.

Black Coral GardensRoald Schotborg

Born in Curaçao in 1933, Schotborgh started painting in oils at an early age. He uses brush and/or painting knife and, to a lesser degree, also works in acrylic and watercolor. Hailing from Otrabanda, many of his paintings are of that part of the island. He concentrates on the city, the sea and the land, but has done some commissioned portraits and abstracts. His style is impressionistic/expressionistic realism in which the evocative element plays a decisive role in how a theme or subject is to be rendered. This makes for a complexity of styles and a tendency to suppress minute details in an impasto technique that leaves it to the spectator to complete the visual image. Schotborgh is the owner of an artshop for oil and acrylic materials that includes a frameshop. He is also an art-restorer.