Bej Wijnen - sculptor



BEN WIJNEN (1961, Heesch /Bernheze) THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch sculptor, works and lives in Pietrasanta - Tuscany - ITALY.

Right from early childhood, growing up among the nature of Brabant and surrounded by masters such as Rubens, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt, WIJNEN drew.

In 1988 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in the Dutch town of Tilburg, where he was taught by such eminent teachers as Henkus for nudes and Jongmans for landscapes. He also studied the Japanese blockprints art of Ukiyo-e, which introduced him to the work of the great master Utamaro. During his time at the academy he was identified as having the eye of a sculptor, even though it was to be some years before he turned to that medium.

In fact it was not until 1999, after more than a decade of teaching drawing to young adults, that he went to Provence and enrolled in a sculpture workshop. Upon the advice of his teachers, he went to Pietrasanta in northern Tuscany, an artists' haven due, in part, to its proximity to the famous Carrara marble quarries. Here he came into contact with works of classic artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Canova.

For a number of years WIJNEN lived between Paris, the Netherlands and Pietrasanta. During his stay in Paris, he came into contact with the works of Brancusi, Picasso and Rodin. Besides sculpting, he also conducted regular workshops for adults in the Netherlands, France and Spain.

For several years, WIJNEN was a resident artist at professional Studio Sem in Pietrasanta. It was there that he started to learn the craft and explore the medium of marble carving. In 2011 he opened a studio in Pietrasanta where he continues today to work in marble and bronze. The human torso is always his starting point, resulting in sculptures with an essence and simplicity in their lines.

Since 2006 his works can be found in galleries and in private collections in Amsterdam, Den Haag, Maastricht (NL), Milano, Paris, London, Illinois (USA), Moskow, Bern (CH), Munich (D) and several places all over the world.







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