Maaike Sietzema


Maaike Sietzema, 1975

My paintings are like frozen moments of a suggestive story, so called “moments in between”.
The figures and their surrounding arise by transparent layers of acrylic paint. The figures -adults and children- are related to their surrounding in an unreal way. They seem to get loose, or they seem to be absorbed by their surrounding.

2005 Dutch Art Institute/Artez, the Netherlands, Enschede. MA Fine Arts.
2002 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Academie Minerva, Groningen, the Netherlands. BA Painting.

2013 Wilson Project Space, Sassari, Sardinia (Italy). D.A.I. - Printed Matter, nine years of artists publications.
2012 Showroom Arnhem, NL, High Speed with Nieuw Brabants Front
2011 Spijkerkwartier, Arnhem, NL: "Kunst Op De Koffie", social artproject (
Showroom Arnhem, Arnhem, NL: "39XSOLO"
2009 De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL: “Workforce Haha”
2008 Balengebouw/Vrije Ruimten, Enschede, NL: “Twentse Mythen en Sagen”
Ruimte-X, Tilburg, NL: screening documentary of the project “None Store Shopping” (documentary made by Paul Segers)
2007 De Veemvloer, Amsterdam, NL: "Eastside Out"
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL: Premiere of the documentary of the project “None Store Shopping” (documentary made by Paul Segers)
Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China: "Information indecently exposed vs. Non Store" (with Nieuw Brabants Front and Fujian New Avant Garde)
Unimall, Guangzhou, China: "None Store Shopping" (group show with Nieuw Brabants Front and Fujian New Avant Garde)
Centrum Beeldende Kunst Concordia, Enschede, NL: "Super Sweet"
Kunstenlab, Deventer, NL: "Incubator" (with Stichting B93)
Balengebouw, Enschede, NL: "Spells"
De Chiellerie, Amsterdam, NL: "LFTFLD 3 jaar" (with YAM)
Dokhuis Galerie, Amsterdam, NL: "Happy Robots" (with YAM)
Villa De Bank, Enschede, NL: "Treasures: Hunting, Seeking, Digging" (with Marian Brugman and Mirjam de Rijcke)
2006 Pluto Young Art Space, Enschede, NL
Groot Handels Gebouw, Rotterdam, NL: "Family" (with Rolina Nell)
2005 W139, Amsterdam, NL: Book launch Master students Dutch Art Institute
De Boterhal, Hoorn, NL: "Nieuw Licht" (with Gijs Frieling, Michiel Hogenboom and GertJan Scholte Albers)
2005 Foundation Rockarty, Enschede, NL (solo)
2004 Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China: "Under Construction"
Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China: "Luggage"
Galerie AYAC ‘S Amsterdam Young Artists Circuit, Amsterdam, NL: “Parfum Perpetuum" (duo with Pascal van der Graaf)
2003 Galerie Noord, Groningen, NL: “ Minerva 2002”
Zernike Complex, Hanzehogeschool Groningen, NL: “The Cast”
2002 Unilever, Rotterdam, NL (selection of young graduates)
Chasse Theater, Breda, NL: “ Hollandse Nieuwe” (selection of young graduates)
Galerie Boven De Bank, Groningen, NL: “Azulejos” (duo with Iris Hoving)
Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL: “Jonge Honden Deluxe” (graduation show)
Academie Minerva Exhibition Hall, Groningen, NL: “Nominees Klaas Dijkstra Academy Prize”
Galerij Romeijn, Leeuwarden, NL: “Jonge Honden Premium”
2001 Town Hall Exhibition Space, Grootegast, NL (together with Dimitri Feenstra and Alwin Bootsma)

Projects and teaching:
2011-present Saxion Hogeschool, Academy of Creative Technology, Enschede, NL: teacher
2010-2012 Stichting Buitenkunst, NL: teacher of fine arts.
De Schilderschool Doesburg, NL: teacher of painting.
2009 De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL: organizer of a group residency in collaboration with British artists, resulting in an exhibition.
2008 Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge. UK: guest lecture.
2007-2008 ROC Rijn IJssel College, Arnhem, NL: teacher at the department Art & Design.
2007 Tan Kah Kee College, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China: teacher of fine arts, lecturer and organizer of the project “Me; present, past, future”, resulting in a wall painting and exhibition.
2007 Visual Centre of Xiamen, Xiamen, China: guest teacher at workshops for children.
2006 Foundation DSPS, Katendrecht, Rotterdam, NL: artist in Residence.
2005 “Heartbeat Iran”, Tehran/Isfahan/Shiraz, Iran: participant of a research project and trip to Iran by a group of 50 students, artists, designers and art historians, resulting in a publication in 2010.
2004 “The Big Communication”, Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China. Participant of an international project with lectures, workshops and exhibitions, in collaboration by the Dutch Art Institute and the Nanjing Art Institute.
2001 International group residency, Skoki, Poland, organized by the Fine Arts Academy of Poznan and Jaroslaw Kozlowski.

2001-present Different private collections
2002 Allen & Overy International Law, Amsterdam, NL
2002 Hanzehogeschool Groningen, NL, Social Studies department

2010 "Een boek om mee te slaan, 30 jaar kunstenaarsinitiatief de Fabriek", published by Stichting De Fabriek (ISBN 9789080148628 )
2010 “Heartbeat Iran”, (ISBN 9789090245089, published by In Consignatie in collaboration with Gerrit Rietveld Academy). Book about the project “Heartbeat Iran”, contribution: photo’s.
2008 “None Store Shopping” (published by NBF/Paul Segers)
2008 “Twentse mythen en sagen” (exhibition catalogue, design by Judith Schepers, with support of Gemeente Enschede)
2005 “Convertible Recollections” (published by Dutch Art Institute, design: Louise Dossing). A booklet on my work, with a contribution written by Frank Lubbers.
2005 “Nieuw Licht in De Boterhal” (Noordhollands Dagblad, review by Lida Bonnema)



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