(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
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.