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I’m Maaike Wijnands, a fine artist and illustrator based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I graduated at the Willem de Kooning Academy and started my professional career as a graphic designer. In my own studio I designed many projects mainly for (non)governmental organisations. And I still do. In the meantime I kept my love for fine arts. I want to entertain people with my work.

My art is cheerful, quirky. Some works are purely aesthetic, others suggest that they can do something. My machines, for example, raise questions. What is happening? How does it work? Does it function? No it doesn’t function. I am fascinated by mechanisms and movement. Wheels, cables, gears and pipes, I create my own world with them. A nonsensical solution for a non-existent problem, or a process that goes wrong. I get my pleasure from that.

An other fascination is the coast. I was born and raised near the sea. During spring and summer I spent as much time as possible in my beach house in Hoek van Holland. Boats, lighthouses, buoys, beacons, weed, shells, sand patterns, windshield, umbrellas, nautical charts, waves, kites, there colors and shapes, it all interests me.

I love to work with collages and acrylic paint. But I also use crayons, ink, graphite and pastels.



















 If you are interested in one of my works, please contact me.

My collages are too fragile to be sent by post. I therefore only deliver the collages framed.



11 t/m 18 juni: Kunstschouw, Schuur De Wilde, Blijdorpe
23 april t/m 22 mei: Kunst & Vorm, Dordrecht
9 t/m 12 februari: Art Rotterdam, 701 expo
10 december t/m 15 januari: Nivon, Rotterdam

Gallerie Serruys, Rotterdam
Art in action, Rotterdam