Number of painters: 177
Last update: Tuesday Nov 2, 2021
I was born in August 1962 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. As a young adult, a formal education in the classical arts helped me realize Art was my life's passion and the road I most wanted to travel.
During my years studying fine arts at the Instituto de Bellas Artes Beato Angélico in Buenos Aires, Argentina, schooling focused on interpreting the world as a manifestation of the divine. There was a distinct emphasis on the beauty and purity of nature, which included the human body. As a result, truthful representation came to be a moral imperative for me. This led me to hold on to a more traditional style of realistic portrayal. Realism had always been my forte. Yet, as I matured and formed my own philosophies, thoughts, and values, I realized that I needed to express myself through Symbolism. Perhaps Symbolism came to appeal to me because I can speak out in a silent way: I can say what I want, what I think, what I feel. To me, visual messages are often more powerful than words.
I place great value on Realism and Truth, concepts that are central to my personal beliefs. I pour myself into my art. My art, which mainly consists of drawings, paintings and small art objects, is shown at exhibitions around the world and resides in many private and public collections. Since 1998 a selection of my art has been presented in my website. Recurring themes are nudes as well as flora and fauna.
Besides Symbolic Realism (expressing my thoughts through symbolism rooted in a predominantly realistic style), I've recently taken up fine art trompe l'oeil. Trompe l'Oeil is French for fool the eye, a three thousand year old art form creating the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. The lighting effects and the variety of textures required for these life-size paintings make them the most meticulous artworks of the fine art genres. The principles of fine art trompe l'oeil differ to some extent from the more popular architectural trompe l'oeil, a decorative form of painting done mainly on walls, floors, and ceilings. The great precision and tightly executed details required for fine art trompe l'oeil painting seduces those artists who possess the technical skills, patience, and willingness to put in the considerable amount of time to produce this fine art form.
Many factors influence my view of the world, therefore affecting and shaping my art as well. I grew up in a culturally diverse family, I have lived in several countries (including the Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina), I have traveled extensively. I speak five languages, three fluently. As a result, I feel it's essential to be well informed about the world around me. I'm a voracious reader as well as a news junky. These experiences and interests all color my outlook on life and art. I presently live and work in Scottsdale, Arizona in the US, with my life companion Kurt and our beloved pets.
Source: Lorena Kloosterboer