Marolijn de Bruin (1966 –)

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.

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Another source of influence for de Bruin is Robert Heindel, whose paintings capture the beauty of the human body in dance. His work is synonymous with the world of ballet, and has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


De Bruin is a masterly talent who possesses the unique ability to transform sculptures into experiences. Her works are distinguished by their ability to convey living movement. At times it looks as though her dancers may take flight, as though children will move to play, or that a horse may gallop away.


More than fifteen years ago, de Bruin moved her practice to the rural surroundings of Schermerhorn, where she lives near a farm. Here she shares a spacious studio with two other artists and has been working close to nature. Themes that inspire her work are dance, music, Icelandic horses, circus characters, and Japanese culture.


De Bruin has exhibited in Bergen, the Netherlands, Vancouver, Canada, and Paris. Her creative and spiritually distinguished talent is widely acknowledged both at home and abroad, and can be found in private, corporate, and public collections.