BORIS VAN BERKUM

BORIS VAN BERKUM

Boris van Berkum (1968) is a Neo-artist. He fuses styles and forms of various periods, cultures and religions in his art. Van Berkum works in ceramic and bronze, epoxy-paste and even fondant icing. In the early 1990s Boris lived in Prague, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He supported his studies by producing political cartoons and illustrations for english language newspapers. When he returned in the Netherlands, Van Berkum established MAMA, ‘showroom for media and moving art’ in Rotterdam in 1997. He served as its artistic director until 2007. Since leaving MAMA he has reinvented himself as an visual artist and has appropriated traditional and modern techniques. Van Berkum is currently working on a programme "Neo Afro,Winti 3D" where he assists Winti priestess Marian Markelo to revive and introduce mask-dancing and the use of sculpture in the Winti religion and ritual. The art of van Berkum is collected by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Groninger Museum.

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