Portret Teun van Staveren

About the artist


As a child, Teun van Staveren (1951) was fascinated by the art and archeology of Classical Antiquity and felt a strong urge to interpret these worlds in his own way. He took drawing and painting lessons in a variety of places, including the Arnhem Art Academy during his gymnasium years in Wageningen. He decided to study architecture at Delft Technical University, and simultaneously did the architectural restoration specialization. He successfully completed these two studies in 1977 ( combined) and additionally received an Architectural Department Prize.

Since then he worked for ten years at the Thunnissen van Kranendonk Becka Architect's Office in the Hague, interrupted by a wonderful year in Rome in 1981 where he did a specialists's course in architectural conservation at ICCROM.
This created another opportunity to enjoy and study all that Rome has to offer, especially the threatened artworks from Antiquity undergoing restoration in the famous Istituto Centrale del Restauro.
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In 1987 he quit his job as an architect to be able to continue on his own terms, seeking more and more expression in his work as an artist. Many commissions followed for - among many other things - murals in Amsterdam, Maarssen, Aerdenhout, Heemstede, Utrecht, Wassenaar, Bergen, den Haag, Delft.
Meanwhile his interest in sculpting grew, and he took lessons from the sculptress Therese de Groot in the Hague (bronze portraits) and Richard de Vrijer, in Delft.

Since 2000 he decided to hand back his commissions and concentrate on his free artistic work completely, resulting in a major exhibition of around a hundred works: 25 sculptures in marble, alabaster and bronze, fifty paintings and a choice from his model drawings. The theme in this exhibition: "classical" nudes and a series of panels inspired by Roman frescoes. The Roman ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon(presented in 23 paintings) were the main theme though. The artist had visited the place five times meanwhile, and this was the result. An old dream comes full circle (Please also visit the article Baalbek on this website). Further exhibitions took place in Delft (2008), Amsterdam (2010), Nordheim, Voorburg(2014) and Leiden (2016). In the past few years the artist's major attention shifted to dance sculptures in bronze, the dancers even jumping away from their pedestals.
Several dancers from major Dutch dance companies cooperated gladly. A new exhibition of these works, together with preparatory studies and drawings is well underway.