The works of Marius van Zandwijk are best described as paintings of inconvenient places. The starting points of his works are close to home: situations he was in, places he visited, family history. His works explore how his personal experiences of inconvenience relate to more collective stories.

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?”

Marius’ background is Fine Arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also holds a degree in public administration. Working in this field brings another perspective to his fascinations of multiple narratives and the relationship between the individual and collective.

Exhibitions and interactions

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)
Guest lecturer, Van Vollenhoven Instituut, Leiden University, Leiden

De ongemakkelijke plek, Artspace Arti et Amicitiae , Amsterdam (s)
Artist talk / Workshop, IOD International Association for Organizational Development, Heemstede
Groupshow July and artist talk, SÍM Gallery, Icelandic Society of Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland

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) 8, Dogtime, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, 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)


Upcoming: March 2022, SÍM, Icelandic Society of Visual Artists, Reykjavik
August 2021 - present, Treehouse NDSM
July 2020,  SÍM, Icelandic Society of Visual Artists, Reykjavik


Buning Brongers Prijzen, nominee

SBK Sprouts Young Talent Award, nominee
Otto Helderscheid Stimuleringsprijs, nominee


Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam society of visual artists