Cécile van Hanja

Cécile van Hanja

Haarlem, Netherlands

About Cécile van Hanja

Cécile van Hanja born in Corsica (1964) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in 1993.
Currently she lives and works in Haarlem (The Netherlands).
She was selected by the La Napoule Art foundation for an artist in residence at the Château La Napoule in France and she obtain a 2 years grant from the Mondrian foundation(a governmental fund) in Amsterdam.
In 2014 she was chosen by an international jury initiated by Saatchi Art to show her work in London at the Griffin Gallery.
Her work is in different private collections in France, Germany, US, Switzerland, UK, Japan and in the Netherlands. Her work was also selected by Saatchi Art for the Samsung Architecture collection.
Her work is represented by Galerie BMB in Amsterdam (NL), The Lisa Norris Gallery in London (UK) ,Rob de Vries Gallery in Haarlem (NL) and Harmony Art Gallery/HWCD in Shanghai (China).

Cécile van Hanja about her work:
My earliest childhood I've spent in the South of France, a land where everything was different than in the Netherlands, the country I moved to when I was 8 years old.
For a long time this new surrounding felt like I was loosing my roots in an alien country.
This and the impressive man-made structure of my new homeland appeared to be essential for my artistic calling in my later paintings. From a birds eye view the Netherlands looks like a painting of Piet Mondrian.
The same straight lines one can find in my compositions.
Mondrian was initiator of 'De Stijl' a movement with radical new ideas of lifestyle based on harmony and unity. It was part of the bigger movement of the Modernism.
Besides the clear abstract formed language of the abstract composition, I am fascinated by the ideas of hope and prosperity resulting from the desire of creating a new order by this movement at the beginning of the 20th century.
The architecture of Bauhaus and 'De Stijl' reflects order in a time of chaos.
Same as architects like Mies van de Rohe, Richard Neutra, Gerrit Rietveld and Le Corbusier, I want to emphasize the immaterial aspect of a building by creating open spaces.
In my paintings the images of modern architecture are based on a rhythmical pattern of verticals and horizontals in which an multi coloured labyrinth of spaces and look-throughs is created.
The transparant walls and floors with reflections on the opposite walls don't give any footing and the perspective lines and vanishing points, like rational benchmarks lead to an irrational and intuitive way of thinking.
The transparant layered structure of the painting intensifies the depth.
Thin layers of acrylic and oil paint allow the colours underneath to shine through.
It is not until the third or fourth layer that oil paint is added.
It is precisely because of the tin transparent painting which leaves underlying layers of colors visible, that the architectural composition does not become a static image of impenetrable walls.


University of the Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam ,The Netherlands.
Graduated in 1993.
Mastersdegree visual Arts, graduated in 1989
French Literature, 1989-1991


‘The path of the Modern Muses’
Real life advice from the women who made it
From the interviews of Esmeralda Kraja
Interview with Cécile van Hanja
Luxury Splash of Art Magazine: Issue 5
Interview with Cécile van Hanja by Edward Kiersh
‘The Illusionist ‘
Modernism, Transparency and Construction with Cécile van Hanja -Canvas A Blog By Saatchi Art
Lisa Norris Gallery
Painting with Thread: Collaboration with Tapis Rouge
September 16TH-September 21ST
72 New King’s Rd
Lisa Norris Gallery
Legacy of the Bauhaus
13th June - 20th July 2019
Fulham, London
Pavilion Port Tonic- An adjustment on perspective
An Installation at Port Tonic Art Center , Les Issambres, Côtes d’Azur, France
Info: porttonicartcenter.org/fr/category/artistes-2019
Opening July 15 /2019
‘The Glass House’
A tribute to 100 year Bauhaus
From February 21 st till April 22nd 2019
Opening hours: from Thursday till Sunday from 2 till 6 pm
All other days on appointment
Nassau 42 fine arts
Nassaustraat 43,
Antwerp, Belgium

Mid-Century Modern Works Collection by Mega Hokama curatorial intern at Saatchi Art.

Currently showing ‘ Winter Group Show’
18TH December- 19TH January 2019
Lisa Norris Gallery
72 New Kings Road

Aesthetica Magazine April/May 2018 Selection -
Issue 82 ‘In The Moment’
SAMSUNG -Architecture collection/ Saatchi Art


Selection of exhibitions:

2021 Publication at Luxury Splash of Art Magazine Issue 5
2020 Glass House, image for the cover of a book ‘Broken Glass ‘ by Alex Beam, published by Penguin Random House
2020 Glass Room, painting for the Permanent set of a television show called “The Resident”
2019 Port Tonic Art Center, Les Issambres, France
2019 Die Wahlverwandtschaften ,De Vishal, Haarlem (NL)
2019 Legacy of the Bauhaus, Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2019 The Glass House, Nassau 42 Fine Arts, Belgium
2018 The Art of interiors, Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2017 SBK Amsterdam Zuid, Galerie 18 (NL)
2017 The affordable Art Fair London, Lisa Norris Gallery
2017 Summer Exhibition, Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2017 Rob de Vries Gallery, Haarlem (NL)
2017 The Other Art Fair, London (UK)
2017 Lisa Norris Gallery , London (UK)
2016 Lisa Norris Gallery ,London (UK)
2016 'LUW' 37PK Haarlem (NL)
2016 EXPO72 Alkmaar (NL)
2015 'Beyond chaos' Galerie BMB Amsterdam (NL)
2015 Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort (NL)
2014 M2 kunst ,37PK, Haarlem,(NL)
2014 In Glorious Colour, Showdown Saatchi Art, Griffin Gallery, London (UK)
2013 "Urban Landscape" Gallery Wegert& Sadocco, (NL)
2012 "Vanishing point" ABC Architecture center, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2011 "Constructing Identity", De Vishal, Haarlem , The Netherlands
2011 UMC St. Radboud , Nijmegen The Netherlands
2010 "Perspectives", Gallery BMB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 SBK Gallery 56, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2010 " Highlights revue 2009", Gallery BMB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 'Global Village' an exhibition contemporary art from 6 continents, Grote kerk Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
2009 Gallery RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden, The Netherlands.
"Façades", ABC Archictecture Center, Haarlem, The Netherlands