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Artist Name

Jaco van der Vaart

Born: 1960

Hometown: Delft

Based in: Delft

In 1998 I graduated in sculpture at the Willem de Kooning Academy, the art school of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The sculptures are often about the human body and mind, movement is a recurring theme.
Material and the meaning of material have always been important to me, the sculptures are made very precisely, I enjoy learning new techniques when needed.
Besides sculpting, I draw a lot and try to get better at it.
In my drawings I look for the boundaries between figuration and abstraction.
I use the color and structure of the paper, which gives the drawing a grin which evokes a certain atmosphere that I am looking for. I try to avoid hard pencil lines, separations are made by means of fixed light and shadow. In a drawing I use all soft pencils from 2b to 9b so I can make the most beautiful gray and deepest black.


Jaco van der Vaart In The Studio

The studio is located at the Bagijnhof, a beautifull courtyard in the old city of Delft. Build in 1953,the house was formely a nun’s house, a squat, and nowadays a communal apartment house with several studios for artists and designers.

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More About Jaco van der Vaart

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Human, Nature, Motion, Anything strange

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

I work for a long time on a sculpture or drawing, working on something for a long time and not being easily satisfied is what I think necessary for a good result.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Precise and considered

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

James Lee Byars, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Manders, Jan Fabre and Hieronymus Bosch

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

My hands.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Never give up.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

The forest.

Collections Featuring Jaco van der Vaart

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Abstract Art

Abstract Art

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Last updated: March 27, 2023



Willem de Kooning Academy

Netherlands, 1998

Secondary Teacher Training Handicrafts

Netherlands, 1995


Celestial Bodies

Netherlands, 2020

Voorburg Sculptuur

Netherlands, 2019

Art Rocks

Netherlands, 2018