Hennepe, Rien te
‘I love being creative’.
Self-taught sculptor Rien te Hennepe (1950) was born in The Netherlands. As a teenager Rien had always been fascinated by nature. As he grew older he also became captivated by the fine arts. But it wasn’t until much later in his life that he found a way to combine his keen interest of the fine arts with his attraction towards nature.
In 2002, after retiring, Rien came to Curaçao, the island where his wife, Marjon Wegman, was born. On this island he discovered De Tafelberg Mountain and was enchanted by its beautiful crystals and stones. A few years later he started working with these stones, sculpting and discovering more about their forms, colors and structure.
In 2006 Rien initiated a special project together with Fundashon Pro Bista, a local institute for the blind and visually impaired. For several months he guided sculpting sessions for a select few of the institute’s clients. The participants ranged from those who had some slight form of visual impairment to those that were completely blind. The final results of these sessions exceeded all expectations and the project ended with a succesful exhibition.
Encouraged by this experience Rien continued sculpting with the stones of De Tafelberg. He taught himself to follow the stones’ natural lines and curves. By incorporating the stones’ colors in his compositions, he aims to accentuate the natural beauty of the material.
2013: Text by Josée Thissen-Rojer.
2013 It Takes Two, Residence Inn, Surinam.
2010 Tafelberg differente, Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.
2008 Stieren (Bulls), Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.
2013 Back to Nature. An homage to our mondi. Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2012 A Breast or Two, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.
2012 Dugudugu, be mine!, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2011 Maskara, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
2010 Antepasado di Futuro, The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao.
2009 Baby Bèbè, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.
2008 Ban lucha kontra kanser na prostrat, Gallery Alma Blou.
2007 Samen (Together), Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.
2006 Atmirá nos mannan, Fundashon Pro Bista, Curaçao.
2005 7e Eksibishon di Nos Arte, The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao.
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