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ANK DRAIJER

San José, COSTA RICA

Tel. : 00 506 8382 3927

Email : ankdrayer@hotmail.com

Website : http://adraijer.wixsite.com/eternity

Facebook : www.facebook.com/AnkDraijer

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Ank Draijer was born in Leiden, The Netherlands. She took her first painting classes while growing up in her home country. For the last thirty-eight years she has been living in Latin America. Her first stop there was Peru, followed by Colombia, where a couple of years were spent living in the Amazon jungle. In Bogota she attended screen-printing classes with Dutch artist Berendina Bakker, learning new techniques of artistic expression. For the last thirty years she has called Costa Rica her home, where she has taken classes with both Jim Teologos as well as Max Rojas.

 

Her work is strongly influenced by the rich colors and overwhelming nature of the tropics, particularly of Costa Rica. The energy and healing power that emanate from nature keep feeding her passion for painting. In her work she expresses her concern for the natural environment. She is conscious that nature actively offers us teachings, sending us signals of climate change, challenging us to be aware of our role and responsibility as humans. She finds it hard to imagine a future without the healing powers of nature’s energy, deeply understanding the interdependence between the forests, the wildlife they sustain, and us.

 

Having experimented with many different styles and techniques, and influenced by both the urban and natural environments she has lived in, she now paints more abstract without leaving out figurative elements.

 

Her work visually alerts us of the energy and power that nature holds. These forces have the capacity to both create and destroy, sometimes resulting in a very beautiful destruction. The paintings remind us that none of us are separate from our environment, and that we should be humble and careful when finding easy solutions to our day to day problems, specially those that ignore nature.

 

 

 

FORMATION

 

 

Educational formation

 

Primary and secondary school at Openbare School in Nijkerk, the Netherlands.

 

 

 

ART FORMATION

 

 

From 1966 till 1969 drawing and painting class at “Onze lieve Vrouwentoren”, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

 

From 1983 till 1985 silkscreen class with Berendina Bakker, Bogota, Colombia.

 

From 1997 till 1998 drawing and portrait class with Jim Teologos, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

In 1998 a workshop painting and monotype with Tineke  Jacobs at the Art Center Haagweg 4”, Leiden, The Netherlands.

 

In 1998 a workshop frame design with Anouk Henny, Haarlem, The Netherlands.

 

From 1999 till 2004 painting class with Max Rojas, San Jose, Costa Rica.     

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

 

 

Individual exhibitions

 

2001

 

“ESPACIOS” Banco de Costa Rica, central office, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

“ESPACIOS” Banco de Costa Rica, San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica.

 

Restaurant Cafe Mundo, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

 

2003

 

Cafe de Artistas, Escazu, Costa Rica.

 

 

2004

 

GALLERY MENEER DE VRIES,  Harderwijk, The Netherlands.

 

 

2007

 

Restaurant Senor de Sipan, San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica.

 

 

2015

 

FUERZAS Y METAMORFOSIS, Galeria San Jose Indoor Club, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

HOTEL SUGAR BEACH, Potrero, Costa Rica. At the "Information to Transformation" Workshop dr. Joe Dispenza. 

 

 

2016

 

La Galeria, Hotel Villa San Ignacio, Tambor de Alajuela, Costa Rica.

 

“ICARO, SOL Y LUNAS”, Isaac Barcat Art Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

 

 

GROUP EXPOSITIONS

 

 

2001

 

“HOLANDARTE”, Museo Dr. Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia, San Jose, Costa Rica. 

 

 

2005

 

Hotel Herradura, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

 

2013

 

“EL TOQUE HOLANDES”, Casa de Cuno (Antigua Aduana), San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

 

2014

 

“ART CRASHER LOS ANGELES SHOW”, Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, Los Angeles, USA.

 

 

2015

 

“ART & DESIGN SHOW 2015”, Pedregal, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica.

 

 

2016

 

GALERIA AVENIDA 7, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

PLAZA MURANO with  Optimum Artis, Santa Ana, Costa Rica.

 

ARTE EN LA VILLA, with Optimum Artis, La Galeria, Hotel Villa San Ignacio, Tambor de Alajuela, Costa Rica.

 

DESPIERTA COSTA RICA, Isaac Barcat Art Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

ZOOARTE, with Optimum Artis, Parque Bolivar, San Jose Costa Rica.

 

BNARTE, with Optimum Artis, Banco Nacional, Central Office, San Jose Costa Rica.

 

 

2017

 

 

PLAZA MURANO ABRE LAS PUERTAS AL ARTE, Plaza Murano, Santa Ana, Costa Rica.

 

GALERIA ARTE PALMARES 2017, Palmares, Costa Rica.

 

VIVA EL ARTE EN PASEO METROPOLI, with Optimum Artis, Paseo Metropoli, Cartago, Costa Rica.

 

GALERIA CABERNET, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

FERIA DE ARTE TERRAMALL, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

ARTE SUPREMO, Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

REENCUENTRO CON EL ARTE PRECOLOMBINO, with Optimum Artis, Museo del Jade, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA AMSTERDAM COSTA RICA, Galeria Yar Burba, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

PINCELADAS DEL ALMA, Optimum Artis, El Castillo Country Club, Heredia, Costa Rica.

 

130 ANOS EN HISTORIA DEL ARTE, Optimum Artis, Cenac, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR,  Mondial Art Academia, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

JUNTOS POR EL ARTE, Mondial Art Academia, Club Union, San Jose, Costa Rica.  

            

III EXPOSICION MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA, Mondial Art Academia,  Galeria Yar Burba, San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

FRANCIA EN COLOMBIA, Mondial Art Academia, Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe, Medellin, Colombia.

 

UNIENDO MUNDOS, Banco de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica. 

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

2014

 

Peoples’s Choice Award ArtisTTable “ART OF WOMEN” with painting “Elements”

 

 

2016

 

ART FREAKS Peoples’s Choice Award for the  painting “Icarus #1”

 

 

2017

 

Bronce Medal (3rd prize) for the painting “Undersea Current”  at the exhibition FRANCIA EN COLOMBIA, Mondial Art Academia, Palacio de Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe, Medellin, Colombia

 

 

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