The works of Marius van Zandwijk are best described as paintings of inconvenient places. His works explore how his experiences of (social - cultural) inconvenience at  places relate to more collective stories. Recently, the complexity and changing intertwining of nature and culture emerged as major theme from this research.

In his works questions about remembrance are implied. Like reality, most works contain multiple narratives. Often narratives are juxtaposed in his works. For example: can we be in control of something uncontrollable?  

“I can see reflections of a place: hear a street, see a dune, walk a mountain. I can study the history. I want to have experienced it emotionally. Doubt about what a place is or can be. How does engaging work for me? How do we connect to each other and society?”

Exhibitions - selection

Tuindorp-Oostzaan and NDSM-wharf remembered, Studio 46, Amsterdam, curator (g)
Ten painters, Artspace 411 / Het Seinwezen, Haarlem (g)
Phenomenology of place, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (s)
Tijdgeest en spookbeelden
, NDSM Fuse, Amsterdam (g)
Lente salon, Artspace 411 / Amstelkerk, Amsterdam (g)

2022, Bijbels Museum / Buitenplaats Doornburgh (g)
Caging Clouds, NDSM Open, Amsterdam (s)
Schoonheid van imperfectie?, Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis / Yomooka Gallery, Leiden (g)
Odyssee 2.0, NDSM Fuse, Amsterdam (g)
Momentum, Treehouse Pavilion, Amsterdam (g), co-curator

Ode aan het Noord-Hollands landschap, Purmerends Museum, Purmerend (g)
Bound to Space, Dialogues on Dutch society, Leiden Shorts, Leiden (g)
Manuporta Festival, Kunsthalle Kohta, Helsinki (g)
Sprouts Alumni 2021, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (g)
Update I, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (g)

De ongemakkelijke plek, Artspace Arti et Amicitiae , Amsterdam (s)
July, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (g)

Sprouts Young Talents, SBK, Amsterdam (g)
Graduation Show, Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (g)
Taking a Walk on the Wild Side, Fabulation Alternative Imaginaries in Art & Life - Uncut, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (g)

Vorm in Herhaling (Form in repetition), Jansen – Kooy Gallerie, Warnsveld (g)
No 2 , Paleisstraat 107, Amsterdam (g) 7, Dogtime, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (g)

What is happening to our brain – Uncut, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (g)

Teaching / interactions

Memories, Neighbourhood connecting intiative Tuindorp Oostzaan - NDSM, workshops and show funded by Municipality of Amsterdam
Commemoration, time and urbanism, lecture, Death and birth festival, Amsterdam

Guest lecturer, minor Immersive Environments, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Open studio, SÍM Korpulfstadir, Reykjavik

Guest lecturer, Van Vollenhoven Instituut, Leiden University, Leiden

Artist talk / Workshops, IOD International Association for Organizational Development, Heemstede
Artist talk, SÍM Korpulfstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland


2023   Upcoming: SÍM-residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2023   Upcoming: AARK.FI, Archipelago Art Residency Korpo, Finland
2022, March   SÍM, Icelandic Society of Visual Artists, Reykjavik
2021 - present   Treehouse NDSM, Amsterdam
2020, July   SÍM, Icelandic Society of Visual Artists, Reykjavik


BFa   Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
MSc  Public Administration, Leiden University  


2020   Buning Brongers Prijzen, nominee
2019   SBK Sprouts Young Talent Award, nominee


Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam society of visual artists