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

 

Miko Veldkamp (b.1982, Suriname) grew up in The Netherlands and has been based in the United States since 2014. He currently lives and works in NYC. He was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and a recipient of the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and in 2021 he graduated from the Hunter College MFA painting program. Solo show includes Off-White Columns, NY and Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam. His work has been included in group exhibition at Workplace, London; New Wight Biennial, UCLA, LA; Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL and Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ, amongst others. In 2016 Veldkamp was nominated for the van Bommel van Dam Prize and in 2020 his work was selected to be featured in The New American Paintings publication and in ArtMaze magazine.

 

Education

2018 - 2021 MFA Studio Art, Hunter College, New York, USA

2001 - 2005 BFA Fine Art, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, NL

 

Residencies

2015

Hodder Fellowship, Lewis Centre for the Arts, Princeton University, USA

2014

CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES

2013

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022

Miko Veldkamp, Southwark Park Galleries, London, UK (Upcoming)

Ghost Stories, Workplace, London, UK

2018

Off-White Columns, NYC, USA

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, USA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022

DREAM LIFE, BB&M, Seoul, KR 

2021

The Privilege of Getting Together, Swivel Gallery x Regular Normal, NYC, USA 

In the Wake, Hunter MFA Thesis Show, 205 Hudson Gallery, NYC, USA

Interludes, Workplace, London, UK

2020

Once More, With Feeling, New Wight Biennial, UCLA, LA, USA

2019

Dovetailing, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL

Off-White Columns, NYC, USA

2017

Arte Concordia, Rotterdam, NL

Art Fair Amsterdam, Galerie Rianne Groen, Amsterdam, NL

Poppositions, Galerie Rianne Groen, ING Art Center, Brussels, BE

2016

Van Bommel van Dam Prize, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL

A Year from Now, You Will Laugh About it, Duo Exhibition, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL 

New Faces, Old Faces, Rope, Baltimore, USA

 

2015

Winter Show, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, ES

2014

Photography: Before and After, Lucas Gallery, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, USA

 

Press and Publications

2022

Mister Motley, Jeanette Bisschops & Miko Veldkamp: Mag je een niet-westers perspectief verwachten van het Rijksmuseum? Een mailwisseling over Revolusi!, by Jeanette Bisschops

Juxtapoz, Ghost Stories: A Conversation with Miko Veldkamp by Sasha Bogojev

Ocula Advisory, In the Studio with Miko Veldkamp, By Will Hine

Metropolis M, The Paintings of Miko Veldkamp: Windows to a Cosmopolitan’s Memory and Imagination, by Kerstin Winking

Artforum, Cal Revely-Calder on Miko Veldkamp, by Cal Revely-Calder

2020

New American Paintings, MFA Annual #147, The Open Studios Press, Boston, USA

2019

ArtMaze, Autumn Issue #14, London, UK

 

Grants and Awards

2016

Van Bommel Van Dam Prize, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, NL (nominated)

2013

Research Fellowship, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, NL

Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds, The Hague, NL

2012

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