Born: 1957, Hattem, The Netherlands

Has been living and working in Curaçao since 1980 (1985-1986 USA)

www.ellenspijkstra.com                 

  

EDUCATION:

1989-1991  New York Institute of Photography (correspondence course) 

1985-1986  School for American Craftsman of the Rochester Institute 

  of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

1974-1979  Academy of Fine Arts Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

                    Hyatt Regency Hotel (ceramics & photographs) Curaçao

                    Avila Beach Hotel (ceramics & photographs) Curaçao

                    Central Bank (photographs)  Curaçao                                

                    Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana (ceramics) Cuba

                    Resen Ceramics Museum, Resen (ceramics) Macedonia

                    Centrum Beeldende Kunsten Rotterdam (photographs) The Netherlands

                    Stedelijk Museum Schiedam  (photographs) The Netherlands

                    Artoteek Den Haag (photographs) The Netherlands

                    Het Curaçaosch Museum (ceramics) Curaçao

                    Maritiem Museum  (photographs) Curaçao

                    World Trade Center (ceramics) Curaçao

                         

EXHIBITIONS (selection 1988- 2008):

2008             Landhuis Bloemhof (solo) Curaçao

2008              The French Embassy Gallery, Santo Domingo (solo) Dominican Republic

2008              Kleurgamma Downtown, Amsterdam (solo) The Netherlands

2006               ASNA Clay Triennal, Karachi, Pakistan 

2006               The Caribbean in the Age of Modernity, National

                                          Library, Port of Spain Trinidad

2005                Kas di Alma Blou (solo)   Curaçao

2004                Cocktail di Arte, Heerlickheijd van Ermelo The Netherlands

2004                Dutch Maritime Museum, Amsterdam (solo) The Netherlands

2003                Laman 2003, The Rif Fort Curaçao

2003                Vision +, V Caribbean and Centro American 

                             Biennial, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

2003                Resusita, The Rif Fort Curaçao                                        

2002                Arte, di nos e ta, Central Bank Curaçao

2001                Arte, di nos e ta, TENT- CBK, Rotterdam The Netherlands 

2000                Seventh Biennial of Havana, Centro Wifredo Lam Cuba

2000                Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards Exhibition Taiwan

2000                Maritiem Museum Curaçao (solo) Curaçao

1999                Auto Retrato Nobo, Instituto di Cultura Aruba

1999                La Vida Urbana en la región del Caribe, Centro 

                                                                 Cariforo Dominican Republic

1999               Arte ’99, Magazina di Arte Curaçao

1999               The Curaçao Connection, S.B.K. Kunstcentrum Haarlem The Netherlands

1995                Artoteek Den Haag The Netherlands

1992                Un Abraso ku Koló, Heemstede The Netherlands

1991                Gala di Arte, World Trade Center Curaçao

1989                Taller Escuela Arte Fuego, Caracas (solo) Venezuela

1988                Bida i Koló, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam The Netherlands

1988                Het Curaçaosch Museum (solo) Curaçao

 

SPECIAL COMMISSIONS:

-Ceramic mural for new head quarters of the Maduro & Curiëls Bank, Curaçao, 2011

-Calendar 2011, commissioned by Van Eps Kunneman van Doorne, Curaçao

-Portrait series of Tania Kross, 2005

-Design of a weekend house at Cas Abou, commissioned by Elmer and Margreet Joubert, 2004

-Photographs for the annual report of Curaçao Ports Authority 1999/’01/’02  

-Ceramic mural for the 50th anniversary of the Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds Curaçao, 

 unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, November 15, 1999 

-Design of an open public building ‘Mirador Caracasbaai’ (in cooperation with Len Gillen),   

 commissioned by Refineria di Korsou n.v., 1998

-Calendar 1994, commissioned by Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao

-Ceramic murals for private homes and companies among others Rabo Bank, 

 internet provider ICU, World Trade Center Curaçao, Delta Gen

-Photographs for book covers such as 'Geniale Anarchie' by Boeli van Leeuwen, 'De Droevige 

 Kampioen' and 'Zeedrift' by Jan Brokken, 'Barsten in het glazen plafond' by Paula Kibbelaar,  

 'Entrada' and 'The Election Dance' by Joseph Hart, 'Kueru Marká' by Gibi Bacilio  

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS IN WHICH WORK HAS APPEARED:

-Kristel Slagter en Eef Ouwehand, Enjoy the secret, the unmarked, the beloved & stylish, Diva's-

 publishing, 2010, page 240-247

-Scott Meyer, 'Ellen Spijkstra's quiet search', Ceramic Arts & Perception, International,

 no 76, 2009, page 28-30

-Marjan Unger, Marianne de Tolentino a.o., Global Local, Ellen Spijkstra, ceramics & photography,

 Uitgeverij d’jonge Hond, 2008, 134 pages ISBN 978-90-89100-73-3 

-Jimmy Clark, 'Caribbean ceramics', New Ceramics, International, no 5, 2008

-Nicole Henriquez, Lusette (Pòpi) Verboom en Renske van der Zee, Het Gouverneurshuis

 van de Nederlandse Antillen, een rondgang langs Antilliaanse en Nederlandse kunst

 2008, page 128,129

-Jennifer Smit, Inspired by the Snoa, MMVIII Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel, Curaçao,   

 2008

-Sinaya Wolfert, Curaçao Artists, 2007, page 156 - 167

-The Third ASNA Clay Triennial 2006, Karachi, Pakistan, page 16

-The Caribbean in the Age of Modernity, NALIS, Trinidad, 2006, page 30, 31

-Hans Fonk, Dutch Caribbean Architecture & Style, 2004, Curaçao Style Foundation, page

 164, 165, 212 , 213

-Henry Parisius, Geraffineerde Kunst / Refined Art, 2004, KIT Publishers Amsterdam, page

 26-28, photo 22-43

-Adi Martis & Jennifer Smit, Arte, Dutch Caribbean Art, 2002, Ian Randle publishers,

 Jamaica / KIT publishers, The Netherlands, page 98, 99

-The Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards, Yingko Ceramics Museum, 2000, Wushing

 Books Publication Ltd., page 74

-Séptima Bienal de La Habana, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, 2000, Art for 

 the World, page 337

-La Vida Urbana en la región del Caribe, Centro Cultural Cariforo de la República

 Dominicana, 1999, page 49

-Nelly Barbieri, El Movimiento Cerámico en Venezuela, 1998, Consejo nacional de la

 Cultura, Venezuela, page 117

-Nicole Henriquez and Jennifer Smit, Ellen Spijkstra Ceramics & Photography, 1994, The 

 Curaçao Museum Foundation, page 1-30