Maartje Blans, Biography

Maartje Blans creates multi-layered artworks of mixed media, which she composes directly on the walls, on panels, glass, canvas or in frames. The results are unusual “paintings” endowed with a highly sculptural nature that embody the artist’s need to break away from the bi-dimensional surface and go beyond the limits of the definite space provided by the traditional canvas. These artworks create an atmosphere that invites viewers to explore different levels of meaning and to lose themselves in the many layers of the work, in the space around them, but especially in the exploration of the Self.

Blans got a Bachelor of Education in Textile Arts & Art History in the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Netherlands, an MFA at Purchase College, State University of New York, USA and a Bachelor of Art Therapies at the CHN University Nederland, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. She lives and works in Haarlem, the Netherlands.