Maayke Schuitema

Netherlands 1974


Maayke Schuitema
Maayke Schuitema
June 5, 2017
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Maayke Schuitema is a Dutch artist who lives in Wassenaar and works in the city of Hague where she was born in the year of 1947. If one wanted to use as little words as possible to describe the work of this author, he or she would say that the art of Maayke Schuitema revolves around the painter herself – it tackles the intriguing relation between a woman and her various surrounding environments. There is a delicate balance that underlines everything Maayke creates as the painter aims to investigate the diversity of roles of women throughout their lives, examining the relationships with their partners, mother, daughters and other key figures of one’s life.

Maayke Schuitema - Pieces on display
Maayke Schuitema – Pieces on display

Forming an Artistic Personality

Maayke Schuitema grew up in an artistic family – her grandfather, Paul Schuitema, was an internationally renowned graphic designer and a photographer whilst her father, Etsko Schuitema, also trained as a graphic designer. Such circumstances shaped this artist’s creativity and the influence of her family can be seen in many visual decisions Maayke made over the course of her career. Another role model of the young Schuitema was the Dutch painter Bonies who is also the author’s uncle. Following her role model’s artistic resolve, the natural development of skill and technique became the foundation of Maayke Schuitema’s art. It should be noted that, between the years of 1985 and 1989, Maayke studied classical dance at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague – these years had an important role in her artsitic life as the connection between body posture, empathy and state of mind eventually became an important aspect of her later work.

Maayke Schuitema - NOVA
Maayke Schuitema – NOVA

How Maayke Schuitema Made a Turn Towards Art

After furthering her studies of art by attending classes at the Rijnlands Lyceum in Wassenaar and at the Royal Academy of fine arts in Hague, Schuitema started to run an advertising agency. In this period, she developed a thorough knowledge of typography and design, her personal passions. Those elements later found its way into her autonomous work. By the year of 2002, Maayke Schuitema started to focus her attention on creating her own pieces of art, leaving the advertising business far behind. The initial challenge was to combine graphic art and painting in an autonomous type of work and Schuitema managed to achieve this goal with relative ease. Since then, Maayke’s work has been exhibited extensively both on the national and the international level and her interesting pieces can be found in major corporate acquisitions, as well as in many private collections.

From the moment she decided to dedicate the majority of her time to creating fine art pieces, Maayke Schuitema has been constantly developing her skill and establishing her reputation as an elite author

Maayke Schuitema - Medusa, Reserve thy Judgment
Maayke Schuitema – Medusa / Reserve thy Judgment

The Goal of Schuitema’s Work

Because of the unique autobiographic character within her works, Maayke Schuitema’s art is intimately connected to her inner life and this fact is responsible for providing the most engaging note of her work. To know her art is the same as knowing Maayke Schuitema herself – there are no lies in her pieces as they all strive to be the most honest works of art as possible. This feature truly separates this author from the majority of German artists and is a characteristic that will undoubtedly serve Maayke very well in the long run.

This artist is represented by Galerie Hegemann.

Maayke Schuitema lives and works in Wassenaar and Hague, Netherlands.

Featured image: Maayke Schuitema – Photo of the artist – Image via
All images courtesy of Galerie Hegemann.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Maayke SchuitemaGalerie Hegemann, München, GermanySolo
2017Maayke SchuitemaKunstRai, AmsterdamSolo
2017Niet NetjesStedelijk Museum SchiedamSolo
2015Group showArtMiami, Miami, USAGroup
2015Art Silicon ValleySan Francisco, USAGroup
2015Global Art ExhibitionSmithDavidson Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2014Group showArt Miami, USAGroup
2014Group showPAN Amsterdam, the NetherlandsGroup
2014Art Silicon ValleySan Francisco, USAGroup
2014The Tenth MusePulchi Studio, The Hague, the NetherlandsSolo
2014Group showLA Art Fair, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013Group showArt Southampton, NY, USAGroup
2013Group showKunstRai, AmsterdamGroup
2013Group showArt WareHouse, RotterdamGroup
2013Group showArt PalmBeach, Florida USAGroup
2013Group showArt Wynwood, Miami USAGroup
2012Group showPAN, AmsterdamGroup
2012Group showArt Miami, Miami USAGroup
2012Group showRAW Art Fair, RotterdamGroup
2012Group showRealisme 2 0 1 2, AmsterdamGroup
2012Group showArti12, The HagueGroup
2012Maayke SchuitemaProject 2.0, The HagueSolo
2011Group showAAF Fair, AmsterdamGroup
2011Group showArti11, The HagueGroup
2011Group showArt London, LondonGroup
2011Group showArt Chicago, Chicago, USAGroup
2011AAF FairNew York, USAGroup
2011Group showArt Singel 100, AmsterdamSolo
2011Bella FiguraWassenaarSolo
2010Maayke SchuitemaAAF, Amsterdam, Project 2.0Solo
2010GUTS!Pulchri Studio, The HagueSolo
2009Group showProject 2.0, The HagueGroup
2009Maayke SchuitemaAAF ArtFair, AmsterdamSolo
2008Maayke SchuitemaAAF ArtFair, AmsterdamSolo
2008Group showHoogspanning, WassenaarGroup
2008Project AtelierLeidenGroup
2007Maayke SchuitemaDe Galerie, The HagueSolo
2007Maayke SchuitemaArt Singel 100, AmsterdamSolo
2007Group showHOA Artcentre, SpainGroup
2007Group showPulchri Studio, The HagueGroup
2006Group showKoninklijk Paleis SoestdijkGroup
2006Maayke SchuitemaArt Singel 100, AmsterdamSolo
2006Group showDe Galerie, The HagueGroup
2006Maayke SchuitemaHolland ArtFair (HAF), The HagueSolo
2005Maayke SchuitemaDe Galerie, The HagueSolo
2005Maayke SchuitemaHolland ArtFair (HAF), The HagueSolo
2004Maayke SchuitemaDe Galerie, The HagueSolo