Bianca Berends

Bianca Berends

Willemstad, Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles

About Bianca Berends

Dutch fine artist and portrait painter Bianca Berends has been recognized by The Portrait Society of America as one of today's leading artists and recently received a Certificate of Excellence for one of her portraits. Her work was part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award in 2004 in London. Her paintings have been exhibited in various well-known museums and galleries in Canada, Great Britain and The Netherlands. Reproductions of her portrait of the Dutch King Willem Alexander (2014) are part of the permanent collection of many governmental organizations in The Netherlands. She is recognized as one of the leading contemporary portrait artists in The Netherlands, various times featured in the Dutch media and in the book ‘Portraits of Portrait Artists’. Since 2011 she works and lives a large part of the year on the Caribbean island of Curacao and had the honor of painting two portraits of the former governor of Curacao, Frits Goedgedrag and a portrait of the former governor of Aruba, Fredis Refunjol.

Education

2013
Masterclass Alla Prima Portrait & Figure Painting David Shevlino – Scottsdale VS
2011
Masterclass sculpting portrait Michael Shane Neal
2011
Masterclass portrait painting Michael Shane Neal
2008
Masterclass portrait painting Daniel E. Greene
2007
Masterclass portrait painting, Florence Academy of Art in Italy
1994 - 2000
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Master of History and Arts, with honors.
1989 - 1994
Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht, The Netherlands. BA Fine Art Painting and degree in teaching.

Events

2014
Interview on the Dutch national radio station Radio 1 about my portrait of King Willem-Alexander.
2013
Article on my work in the Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant about painting an official portrait of the new King Willem-Alexander
2011
Book ‘500 Portraits, The BP Portrait Award since 1990’ National Portrait Gallery Publications
2010
Book ‘Contemporary Portrait Artists in The Netherlands’ by Waanders
2008
Radio interview for Business Radio about the Johan Cruyff exhibition
2007
Television series, the Dutch version of ’Star Portraits’ ‘Sterren op het Doek’
2005
Publication in the magazine Linda, with a portrait of the Dutch writer Saskia Noort
2005
Art of Love catalogue for the exhibition in the Oxo Tower in London, Londonart.
2004
BP Portrait Award catalogue, published by the National Portrait Gallery in London for the BP Portrait Award exhibition.

Exhibitions

2014 Solo Exhibit Gallery Alma Blou, Curacao
2013 Portrait commission former governor of Curacao
2010 'Portretten van Portrettisten' Museum De Fundatie
2009 Art in Muiden & Muiderberg, The Netherlands
2008 Galerie Donkersloot, Amsterdam The Netherlands
2007 Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo The Netherlands
2007 Museum Jan van der Togt
2007 Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch
2006 Art in Muiden & Muiderberg The Netherlands
2005 ‘Juried Exhibition’ The Art of Love, London
2005 ‘Juried Exhibition’ Open Water 2004, Toronto
2005 Gallery ’t Stokpaardje, Oudkarspel The Netherlands
2005 Gallery Trace, Maastricht The Netherlands,
2005 Gallery Vlasblom, Arnhem The Netherlands
2005 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005 Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Great Britain
2004 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
2004 National Portrait Gallery, Londen, Great Britain
2004 Grael Art Gallery, Prinsengracht 175, Amsterdam
2004 Gallery Walls, Prinsengracht 737, Amsterdam