Bio / CV

Biography / CV / Publications

Peter Heij, born in Utrecht in 1960, lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He attended the Royal Academy for Art and Design (AKV | St. Joost) at Den Bosch from 1982 to 1987, specialising in painting. During his academic period, he produced works in numerous styles including figurative, expressionistic, and abstract. He continued primarily in realism, practiced from his youth and enriched with his academy experiences.
The themes and subjects of some of these post-academy paintings deal with people and the impact of their surroundings on their identities, particularly in the Figures (Gestalten) series. Others endeavour to reconstruct landscapes of the past
(the Lostland paintings) or attempt to capture the shapes of the ephemeral (the Skyscapes). A more recent group of works reveals the traces made on a landscape by its inhabitants (Santa Fe footpaths). Created in the same period as the New Mexico group, Peter executed a collection of sketches of faces from memory (Faces).

In the Photo paintworks, the realistic images of photographs become enmeshed with painting and other techniques. The captured and unmoving reality is thereby changed, questioned, and placed into a different perspective.

The experience of new and changed insights and awareness through elevation above and distance from everyday reality, never completely losing sight of that reality, stands central in his work.

Peter Heij has regularly exhibited both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Group exhibitions are planned in 2014 at CAMP, Athens (Photo paintworks and photo Paintworks Figures) and by GaleriaZero in Berlin with Faces.
Group exhibitions took place at;
Gallery Peter Leen, The Netherlands. Theme; 20×20 cm with Faces (2013).
The UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery (Moena, Italy) with Photo paintworks at G@P Gallerys at Paratissima 9, Art Games & The Others Art Fair, Turin, Italy, and at the Vienna Showcase, Schönborn Palace, Vienna, Austria (2013).
ReCulture 2 / 2013, 2nd International Visual Art Festival of Patras, and ChaniArt 2013, Visual Arts Journeys in the Prefecture of Chania, Neorio Moro, Creta, Greece with the exhibition ‘Familiar-Unfamiliar’, by
curator Apostolis Zolotakis. A selection of 28 pieces of the Photo paintworks and Photo paintworks Figures (2013).

Gallery Alex Solodov Contemporary Art with the online exhibition ‘Abandoned Europe’ with Faces.
Cheapart Amsterdam 2012 with a selection from the series Photo paintworks.
LekArt 2012, theme; ‘InsideOut’, Culemborg, Gallery ‘S’, theme; ‘contrasts’, Amsterdam (2011), at the University of Pennsylvania, Fox Gallery, Graduate Humanities Forum, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. with the theme; ‘In the Beginning, Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art’ (painting Lost Land IX) (2008), at Castle Nyenrode/Gallery Peter Leen, Breukelen/Gemeentehuis Maarsen (2007) and at 8Q Mondial Global Exhibition; ‘Show Your Hope’, Fnd. 80 Questions (travelling since 2007).

Solo exhibitions took place at Gallery Stam, Amsterdam, with an overview of the Lostland series (2008), and at Gallery Acculade, Amsterdam IJburg, where the comparision between older and recent work contrasting the themes of the inner and outer worlds (2008).
The series Figures/Gestalten was shown at the Sint Antoniesbreestraat (a street exhibition) as a commission from the art committee of Wijkcentrum d’ Oude Stadt (city of Amsterdam Centre) (2005).

He has made travels significant to artistic development to the U.S.A. (2003/2009/2012, et. al.), Italy (since 1973, last 2010), Vietnam (2001), Sri Lanka (1999), Thailand (1995|6), and Indonesia (1994 /1997).

Education
1982 – 1987
Royal Academy for Art and Design (akv | St Joost), Den Bosch. Specialized in painting.

Group exhibitions (selection)
2014
-CAMP, Athene. A selection of 28 pieces of the Photo paintworks and photo Paintworks Figures.
-GaleriaZero, Kunst 2014 in Berlin. Series Faces.
2013
-Gallery Peter Leen, Breukelen. Theme; 20×20 cm. Series Faces.
-UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery (Moena, Italy); G@P Gallerys at Paratissima 9, Art Games & The Others Art Fair, Turin, Italy. Series Photo paintworks.

-UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery (Moena, Italy), RED SALON G2 at the Vienna Showcase, Palace Schönborn, Vienna. Series Photo paintworks.
-ReCulture 2 / 2013, 2nd International Visual Art Festival of Patras, Greece. Exhibition ‘Familiar-Unfamiliar’, curator Apostolis Zolotakis. A selection of 28 pieces of the Photo paintworks and Photo paintworks Figures.
-ChaniArt 2013. Visual Arts Journeys in the Prefecture of Chania, ΙΟΧ, Neorio Moro, Chania, Crete, Greece. Exhibition ‘Familiar-Unfamiliar’, curator Apostolis Zolotakis. A selection of 28 pieces of the Photo paintworks and Photo paintworks Figures.
-Alex Solodov Contemporary Art, online exhibition ‘Abandoned Europe’. Series Faces.
2012
-Cheapart Amsterdam. Series Photo paintworks.
-LekArt 2012, theme ‘Insideout’, Culemborg, The Netherlands; series Figures.
-Alan Barnes Fine Art, exhibition ‘Atelier 2012′, Dallas, Texas, USA. Series Santa Fe footpaths.
2011
-Gallery ‘S’, exhibition ‘Contrasts’, Amsterdam. Series Figures.
2008
-University of Pennsylvania, Fox Gallery, Graduate Humanities Forum, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.; ‘In the Beginning, Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art’. Series Lostlands.
2007
-Gallery Peter Leen/Castle Nyenrode, Breukelen, Townhall Maarssen, The Netherlands. Series Figures.
-8Q Mondial Global Exhibition Show Your Hope, Fnd. 80 Questions. Amsterdam, Rotterdam,
The Hague, The Netherlands.

2006/7
-M.I.A.D. Venado Tuerto 2006 International Exhibition of digitized art, Argentina. Series Figures.
Provincial Museum of Fine arts Rosa Galisteo, Santa Fe, Argentina.
Cultural Provincial Center Tetro Ideal, Venado Tuerto, Argentina.
2006
-Gallery Acculade, Amsterdam IJburg.
2005
-Gallery Peter Leen, Breukelen, The Netherlands. Series Figures.
2002/3/4
-Holland Art Fair-Gallery De Opsteker, The Hague, The Netherlands.
2003
-Lineart art fair-Gallery De Opsteker, Gent, Belgium.
-Allegany Arts Council-Saville Gallery, Will’s Creek Survey, Cumberland, Maryland, U.S.A. Series Skyscapes.
1999
Gallery Ploos van Amstel, Summer-and Autumn Exhibitions, Amsterdam.
1998/9
Institute for Religian Sciences, State University Groningen, The Netherlands; ‘Eternal Vulnerable. Modern Art and Religion’.
Faculty for Religian Science, State University-Museum Gerardus van de Leeuw, Groningen.
Museum voor Religian Art, Uden, The Netherlands.
Museum Begijncourtchurch, Saint-Truiden, Belgium.
Museum Abtei Kamp, Kamp-Lintfort, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Solo exhibitions (selection)
2007/9 to 2013
-Open Studios Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam.
2008
-Gallery Stam, Amsterdam. Series Lostlands.
-Gallery Acculade, Amsterdam IJburg. Theme; Inner- and Outerworld.
2005
-Wijkcentrum d’Oude Stadt, project ‘Figures in the Sint Antoniesbreestraat’, Amsterdam.
-Gallery Acculade, Amsterdam IJburg.
2001
-de Baak Art Gallery, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
2000
-Gallery De Opsteker, Amsterdam. Series Skyscapes.

Sellings
R.O.C. Amsterdam, Municipality of Amsterdam, SBK art lending and in commissions.

Publications (selection)
2013
-Catalogue ReCulture 2 / 2013, 2nd International Visual Art Festival of Patras, Greece. Exhibition ‘Familiar-Unfamiliar’, curator Apostolis Zolotakis.
-De Volkskrant (national newspaper Neth.), Monday April 15th 2013; Opinion on reopened Rijksmuseum, with portrait pictures.
2009/8
-Kunstgids/Art Guide Amsterdam; Edition 2009, pg. 114. Edition 2008, pg. 127.
2008
-University of Pennsylvania, Fox Gallery, Graduate Humanities Forum, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.; ‘In the Beginning, Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art'; Catalogue.
2007
-The Uitkrant, Amsterdams Uitburo; Open Studios Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, with pict. ‘Gestalten III’.
-The William and Mary Review-The College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.),
pict. ‘Reclining Amsterdam’.

2005
-De Echo, (newspaper Amsterdam); project ‘Figures in the Sint Antoniesbreestraat’, Amsterdam, pict. ‘Gestalten III’.
2003
-Cumberland Times (newspaper Maryland, U.S.A.); Exhibition Will’s Creek Survey, Allegany Arts Councel’s Saville Gallery, pict. ‘Skyscape I’.
1999
-De Gay Krant (monthly newspaper), edition 390/July; Review with Gallery Ploos van Amstel, pict. ‘Looking for God’.
1998
-Eindhovens Dagblad (newspaper Netherlands); Review Mary Winters; ‘Eternal Vulnerable. Modern art and religion’, exhibition State University Groningen, The Netherlands.
-Friesch Dagblad (Frisian newspaper); Review/interview Grada Kos; Eternal Vulnerable. Modern art and religion, exhibition State University Groningen, The Netherlands.
-Eternal Vulnerable. Modern art and religion, catalogue exhibition State University Groningen, The Netherlands, page 84, pict. ‘Looking for God II’.