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

 

Education

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

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

 

Residencies

2014-2015
Hodder Fellowship, residency, Lewis Centre for the Arts, Princeton University, NJ, USA 2014
CCA Andratx, residency, Mallorca, Spain
2013/2012
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, residency, Amsterdam, NL

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Off-White Columns, New York, NY
2016
No man walks in the same river twice, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL
2015
Passing through the Garden State, Lucas Gallery, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA

 

Selected Group exhibitions

2021

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

2020
Once More, With Feeling, New Wight Biennial, UCLA, LA
2019
Dovetailing, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL
Off-White Columns anniversary, group show, New York, NY
2017
Arte Concordia, group show, Rotterdam, NL
Art Fair Amsterdam, Galerie Rianne Groen, Amsterdam, NL
Poppositions, with Galerie Rianne Groen, ING Art Center, Brussels, BE
2016
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.
2015

Winter show - Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, ES
2014
Photography, before and after - Lucas Gallery, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA

 

Publications

2020
New American Paintings MFA Annual #147, publication, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA2019
ArtMaze Autumn Issue #14, Publication, London, UK

 

Grants and Prizes

2016

(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
2012
Fonds Jong Talent, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, The Hague, NL