Sjaak Kooij (The Netherlands)

International Artist

Sjaak Kooij (The Netherlands)

International Artist

It’s almost 10 years ago that Sjaak Kooij finished at the Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Since then he has been developing his skills. Sjaak has mainly been working as a contemporary painter in the Netherlands.

He also started teaching drawing, crafts and art history at a secondary school. After a few years of intensive teaching to pupils and supporting them to develop their artistic skills, Sjaak decided it was time for him to get back to what was most important – being an active artist. He feels that especially nowadays it’s important for artist to stand up and show the world the importance of art.




In my work I use elements of actuality such as social, cultural or political issues that define our times. I take images from media and everyday events – alternated with footage from my personal archive –out of their original context, which creates an exciting interaction between image and content. As a result, the spectator will be confronted with these contemporary topics in an entirely different way. Themes such as anonymity, estrangement, individualism and transience play an important role in the artwork. These themes, occasionally used in an absurd staging, confront the viewer with the ideas and posed questions I’ve put in. Hereby not taking position, but rather allowing the viewer to experience for themselves.

The work represents a search for boundaries, in which technique and image merge into one whole. Imagining these extremes manifests itself in dynamics and strong contrasts. The work derives partly from the expressionistic method or instead staged as substantive contrast.  The different contrasts are not only reflected in content, but can be found in technique and design too. Due to a layered method of working, the painting will create a dialogue with itself during the process.

The act of painting itself, working with different materials with paint as a foundation, is an important part of establishing the artwork. The process of adding, removing and repainting, but above all exploring the medium painting, is essential for me as an artist.


2000 – 2005 AHK – BA. Amsterdam Academy of Arts; Bachelor in Fine Art & Education
2014 – 2015 Vrije Academie – Music History
2013 – 2015 expertisecentrum kunsttheorie – training expertise (education & art)


2017 “Urban Landscapes” Group Show, de Boterhal Hoorn

2017 “Paint it Forward” Group Show, Cass Contemporary, Tampa FL USA

2017 “Hall of Fame”, de Boterhal Hoorn

2016 Solo/Group expo de Boterhal Hoorn
2016 Expo, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
2016 Expo, Spread Art Detroit, USA
2016 Group Exhibition, de Boterhal Hoorn
2015 Seelevel gallery, Amsterdam
2010 City of dreams, Deventer
2009 ‘WATER’, Group exhibition, de Groene Poort Middenbeemster
2009 Solo Exhibition, Westfries Gasthuis Hoorn
2009 Ledententoonstelling Boterhal, Hoorn
2009 Solo Exhibition, Galerie de Groene Poort, Middenbeemster
2008 Kunstevent Ahoy, Rotterdam
2008 Boterhal:Kunstmarkt Hoorn, 6-7 september
2008 Open Atelierroute Hoorn
2008 Zomerexpositie, Galerie Oost 99, Hoorn
2008 ‘Some things to love’, Galerie Walls Amsterdam
2007 Live painting sessions, LAB001, BRUIZ Amsterdam
2006 ‘Built to expose’, Amsterdam, Antwerpen, Luxemburg, Groningen, Rotterdam
2006 Groepsexpositie, ‘sneakerpimps’, MoMu Antwerpen

Artist In Residence

2016 June/July, Spread Art Residency, Detroit USA

Professional experience

2015 – present  MADhouse Enkhuizen (music arts and drama) board member
2005 – present  Contemporary artist, several group and individual shows
2007 – present  Teacher in arts, crafts and Art History at RSG Enkhuizen
2000 – Present  Commissions, murals for individuals and companies: Eastpak vof, VANS, Groezrock festival, mysteryland, Lowlands Festival, restaurant LE:EN, Unilever, Red Bull etc.


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