I was born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where I studied sculpture at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten ( now the Willem de Kooning Academie). After completing my studies I lived and worked in Schiedam, a city just outside and closely linked to Rotterdam, both geographically and culturally.
I participated in numerous group shows in both cities. After a major solo show at the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam that was well reviewed in the Rotterdam papers, the City of Schiedam awarded me a commission to install a monumental sculpture in front of an office building. Titled “Paper Clips,” the 14-feet-high sculpture in stainless steel remains in Schiedam to this day. Several of my other works can be found in buildings throughout the Schiedam-Rotterdam area.
After a second major solo show at the Stedelijk, also very well reviewed, I left for New York, where I worked as a mason, carpenter and welder, eventually building my own studio in northern Westchester. In 2009 I was included in the show “Double Dutch,” organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. “Time Sharing,” my monumental sculpture in Cor-ten steel -- permanently installed at the Hudson waterfront in Peekskill, N.Y. -- was prominently featured and favorably reviewed in The New York Times and other publications. My sculpture “Studio chair” is on view at the Hudson waterfront in Yonkers. My work can be found in private collections in Europe and the U.S.A.