Marjolijn de Bruin was born in Alkmaar, a small city in the Netherlands. De Bruin received her training in Amsterdam at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, a renowned Dutch academy for fine arts and design. Here a teacher, Karel Gomes, worked closely with de Bruin to develop her talent. Under his guidance, she developed a very recognizable style that is both elegant and powerful. Gomes’ own works are characterized by strong, expressive images that can be found in the Rijksmuseum, the Amsterdam Historical Museum, and the Central Museum in Utrecht. He is the only living artist with work in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.