“I firmly believe that if you have a talent you must use and develop it to the best of your abilities. Because it is a gift you were born with, and it is your responsibility to take care of your talent and nurture it.”
Anna Oltheten (Voorschoten, 1951) is raised in an artistic family and as a young child she is already determined to become an artist.
She moves to Curaçao in 1973, but it is not until 1983 that she fully embraces the urge to develop herself as an artist. Lacking a good teacher in her proximity she educates herself. Using instruction books and common sense, she explores and discovers the possibilities of painting and drawing.
Her first solo exhibit takes place in 1989 at Gallery’86 and is opened by May Henriquez (1915-1999). The exhibition features Oil paintings, watercolors and mixed media paintings. There after Anna exhibits her work regularly in group- and solo exhibitions. Anna is also a traveller and her journeys are an important source of inspiration. Through her art she expresses her travel experiences to countries like Cuba, Surinam and Africa.
She paints not only with a brush but with her whole being, driven by an urge that comes from deep within, from her subconscious. Her work can be dark in color and subject, emanating intensity and commitment. Her work can also be vibrant, claiming attention and summoning uneasiness in the viewer. Yet, her brush stroke is gentle and composed, conveying the reassurance that no matter what, the artist is always in control.
2013: Text by Josée Thissen-Rojer.
2012 Oilpaintings at Grote Berg, Curaçao.
2010 Oilpaintings in Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2008 Oilpaintings in Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.
2006 Oilpaintings in Villa Maria, Curaçao.
2002 'Works on paper, watercolor, ink and acryl' in Gallery'86, Curaçao.
2001 Oil & Acrylic paintings in Gallery'86, Curaçao.
1999 Oil & Acrylic paintings in Gallery'86, Curaçao.
1999 Oil & Acrylic paintings in Art Creator's gallery, Trinidad.
1997 Mixed Media in Gallery '86, Curaçao.
1997 Oil paintings in Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
1996 Mixed Media in Gallery '86, Curaçao.
1995 Oil paintings in Classic Interiors, Curaçao.
1994 Oil paintings and mixed media in Gallery'86, Curaçao.
1989 Oil paintings in Gallery'86, Curaçao.
2012 Door het oog van Egberdien Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2012 Mi Dugudugu, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2011 Maskara, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2009 Cross Roads, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.
2002 The Box of Pandora, Gallery'86, Curaçao.
2001 Pasa Kontrami, exhibition of Miniatures in acrylic at Stroomzicht, Curaçao.
2001 Art Miami 2001, Gallery'86 in Miami, Florida.
1999 Oil and acrylic paintings in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1999 Installation 'Curaçao, island of lost and found dreams, just a gimmick', Gallery'86, Curaçao.
1998 Oil paintings in Huize de Bever, Lisse, The Netherlands.
1996/97 Oilpaintings at the Biennial in Sto. Domingo
1996 Oil paintings at the Dutch Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela.
1994 Representing Curaçao, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1994 Oil paintings, 'Westkust', art from the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the World Trade Center.
1992 Oil paintings at the Biennial in Sto. Domingo.
1991 Gala di Arte, World Trade Center, Curaçao.
1988/1989 Bida i Koló, Museum of Schiedam, The Netherlands.
1988 Oil paintings in Coro, Venezuela.