Miko Veldkamp

Miko Veldkamp's paintings combine his personal memories from the United States, the Netherlands, and Suriname, by using reflections, shadows, patterns, and repetitions as psychological metaphors in seemingly everyday scenes set within fantastical worlds. Playing with cultural markers, types and stereotypes that can be read and (mis)understood differently in the various places where he has lived, his works present a multiplicity of perspectives and give way to numerous readings. Multiple self portraits often appear interacting with each other in different roles and shifting identities as well as with family, ancestors and ghosts from rural Suriname, echoing the artist's own cultural boundary crossing and fluid identity.


Playful, sensitive, and dreamy, Veldkamp's paintings build homely and idyllic scenes that are reminiscent of Les Nabis and Expressionism, yet they escape a colonial gaze that racially and geographically codes notions of civilized and wild, joy and suffering. Veldkamp uses a combination of thin glazing, dry brushes, opaque surfaces and pointillist marks to build overlapping layers and shifting degrees of translucency that create complex narratives reflecting on history, belonging, colonialism, capitalism and urban environments.


Miko Veldkamp

b.1982 in Suriname
Lives and works in New York City



2018 - 2021 MFA studio art, Hunter College, New York, NY

2001- 2005 BFA fine art, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, NL



Hodder Fellowship, residency, Lewis Centre for the Arts, Princeton University, NJ, USA 2014
CCA Andratx, residency, Mallorca, Spain
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, residency, Amsterdam, NL


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Off-White Columns, New York, NY
No man walks in the same river twice, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL
Passing through the Garden State, Lucas Gallery, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA


Selected Group exhibitions


The Privilege of Getting Together, Swivel gallery x regular normal, Brooklyn, NYC

In the Wake, Hunter MFA thesis show, 205 Hudson Gallery, NYC

Interludes, WORKPLACE, london

Once More, With Feeling, New Wight Biennial, UCLA, LA
Dovetailing, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL
Off-White Columns anniversary, group show, New York, NY
Arte Concordia, group show, Rotterdam, NL
Art Fair Amsterdam, Galerie Rianne Groen, Amsterdam, NL
Poppositions, with Galerie Rianne Groen, ING Art Center, Brussels, BE
van Bommel van Dam Prize Exhibition - Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL
A year from now, you will laugh about it - duo exhibition, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NLNew faces, old faces - window, Rope, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Winter show - Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, ES
Photography, before and after - Lucas Gallery, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA



New American Paintings MFA Annual #147, publication, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA2019
ArtMaze Autumn Issue #14, Publication, London, UK


Grants and Prizes


(nomination) van Bommel van Dam Prize, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL2013
Research fellowship, Mondriaanfund, Amsterdam, NL
Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds, The Hague, NL
Fonds Jong Talent, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, The Hague, NL