Katinka Lampe’s heavily mediated portraits are an exploration into the masks people wear to fit in, and the challenges of looking past the surface both in paintings and in human relationships. Interested in portraiture as a mean to reflect on the legacy of painting as well as important societal themes relating to identity, aging and gender representation, Lampe’s uncanny depictions of people never strive to achieve an accurate representation of their subjects. By guiding her models to play specific roles, suggesting their poses and expressions to resemble those seen in magazines, social media or old master paintings, Lampe interferes with the identity of those depicted and moves further away from representation as the subject of her paintings. The models in Lampe’s paintings are often adorned by jewelleries, accessories and patterned garments, which chosen by the artist, attempt to separate the depiction from the identity of those represented and instil the images with a sense of artificiality. These items, often repositories of personal histories and one’s own individuality, when mediated by the artist become catalysts to explore issues around the process of identity formation in a society that is ever-growingly dependent on media.


Using a wide array of painting methods, from classical underpainting to layered stencils, cut from her drawings, Lampe confers an uncanny flatness to her subjects. Her paintings are finished by large brushstrokes aimed at removing the artist’s hand from the work to allow the viewer a greater freedom in the interpretation of her subjects. Through this process Lampe creates portraits that appear suspended in time, as they at once traverse the realms of figuration and abstraction to question the fragility of human emotions and connections.



b.1963, Tilburg, NL

Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL



1988 Academy of Art and Design St Joost, Hertogenbosch, NL


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Anima Mundi, Workplace, London, UK


Bubble, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, USA


Anonymity, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR

If I Were A Boy, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, USA

Sign of the Times, Jan Cunen Museum, Oss, NL

Slow, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL


Instadentity, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

Out of Office, Singer Museum, Laren, NL


Let’s Change History, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, USA

The Story After, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR


In Times of Bigotry, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 


Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

Slash, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR


Femina, or the Reappropriation of Models, Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy, FR


A Woman Next Door, Galerie Les filles du Calvaire, Paris, FR

Children’s Portraits, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL


Do You Like Me Now?, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Wannabe, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR


Freeze Pose, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR

Love Your Looks, Lieux Communs, Namur, BE


Kate, Bob & Luca, De Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

Look at me, look me in the eyes, Van de Berge, Goes, NL

O You Who Believe, Ron Mandos gallery, Amsterdam, NL


Rebel and Saint, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels, BE


Old Masters, Gangs and Fashion Models, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

La postura, My name’s Lolita, Art Galerie Madrid, ES

Pose, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR


Katinka Lampe, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, NL


Amaco, Amsterdam, NL


Rob de Vries Gallery, Haarlem, NL 


Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL


Katinka Lampe, Galerie Van Wijngaarden-Hakkens, Amsterdam, NL

Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL


Van Wijngaarden-Hakkens Gallery, Amsterdam, NL


Selected Group Exhibitions

Kaleidoscope, Workplace, London, UK

Reflections, Part 1: Female Figures by Women Artists, Workplace, London, UK

All Eyes, AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam, NL


London Art Fair, Bo.Lee Gallery, London, UK


Art Brussels, Ron Mandos Gallery, Brussels, BE

Art Rotterdam, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL


Art Brussels, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels, BE


Colours of Diversity, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, HU

Untitled Art, Miami Beach, Ron Mandos Gallery, Miami, USA

Audience Favourites, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

Painting, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR

Art Brussels, Ron Mandos Gallery, Brussels, BE

I Am Not I: Famous and Forgotten Portraits, Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FI


What’s Behind That Painted Smile, de Vishal, Haarlem, NL


Into the Light, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

With Heart and Soul, DREEF Exposities, Haarlem, NL


WHITE: Photography, Art, Design, and Fashion, The Nederlands Fotomuseum

Rotterdam, NL


Collectors’ Items No.4 'Reconnaissance - Dutch Collectors’, The Embassy of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, London, UK

Figuratively, Musée d’Hilversum, Hilversum, NL

Forever Yours, Museum Schunck, Heerlen, NL


So Be It, Art contemporain, Eglise Saint Loup, Namur, BE


The Best Dutch Book Designs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL


Portraits of the 20th Century, Musée Gorcums, Gorinchem, NL


The New Force in Painting, Frissiras Museum, Athenes, GR

Visual Moods, Museum Schunck, Heerlen, NL

Next Chicago, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL


See the man..., Musée Gorcum, Gorinchem, NL


De Watertoren, Vlissingen, NL


Gala of the Year, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, N 


Portraits, CBK, Rotterdam, NL


Press and Publications


Staging Identity with Katinka Lampe, Plinth UK


ArtTravel Magazine #79


International Art Exhibition 2017


Esther Darley, Against the Light, Museum Arnhem, Marc Mulders & Katinka Lampe

De Gelderlander, Beauty as a means of being touched, Marco van Nek

Collect, Kunst moet bezweren, Iris de Feyter


GRACE, Léa Bismuth

Volkskrant, Weekly Report on what is going on in the art world, Jeanne Prisser

Het Financieel Dagblad, Persoonlijk, Kinderkopjes; De kinderen van Van Loon


Katinka Lampe. Kate, Bob & Luca, Kristien Henmmerechts, Waanders


Selected Collections

Museum 21C, USA

Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

ASR Collections, Utrecht, NL

ING Collection, Amsterdam, NL

APMA, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, KR

Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, DE

Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL

Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris, FR

Museum More, Gorssel, NL

Museum Schunck, Heerlen, NL

De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL

Art Curial, Paris, FR

Frisseras Museum, Athens, GR

Menzis Art Collection, Wageningen,NL

AEGON Art Collection, The Hague, NL

Achmea Art Collection,Leiden, NL

APG Pensioenfonds, Amsterdam, NL

AKZO Art Foundation, Amsterdam, NL

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection, Tel Aviv, UK