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, 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.



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

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




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


CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES


Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL


Selected Solo Exhibitions


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

Ghost Stories, Workplace, London, UK


Off-White Columns, NYC, USA


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, USA


Selected Group Exhibitions




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


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


Dovetailing, Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam, NL

Off-White Columns, NYC, USA


Arte Concordia, Rotterdam, NL

Art Fair Amsterdam, Galerie Rianne Groen, Amsterdam, NL

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


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



Winter Show, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, ES


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


Press and Publications


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


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


ArtMaze, Autumn Issue #14, London, UK


Grants and Awards


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


Research Fellowship, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, NL

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


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