Meet Marthijn de Groot


His art is an inseparable part of his personality and lifestyle. It provides a distillation of his life history. Each work refers to a stage in the life of the artist and his experiences.

From a life which seemed doomed to be played out in the shadows or darkness, the artist has struggled towards the light. His expressionistic style of painting reveals the urge to manifest itself. The unconsciousness becomes the center of his works. Figurative elements rise in a suggestive way from the colors and the form of the lines. Painting for him, is a spontaneous action, in which he integrates elements of his past and present life, as thoughts, experiences, exchanges. Handwritten scripts, former drawings, child paintings, creatures half-human, half-animal make his paintings abstract-lyrical, strong and flamboyant color sets expressive and mystic. Painting is also orchestrating for Marthijn de Groot. How two dimensional the canvas may be, the artist knows how to create a lively spectacle, an overwhelming opera finale, an orgasm of paint, an apotheosis in which extremes meet.

Marthijn de Groot works as a ceramist as well. Therewith he can change his way of expression and realize three-dimensional drawings in sculptures. He does works, which he calls “walls”, ceramic bowls and abstract figures. Heaven and hell, light and dark, man and women, life and death, beauty and decay, absolute silence and terrifying screams come face to face. Painting is thinking and working in extremes.


Painting as a distillation of his life history. Fragments of the tormented child’s spirit appear time and again in Marthijn de Groot’s world of perception. The child looking for protection is now an adult painter who wants to offer protection. Both elements appear in the paintings and the drawings, fighting for precedence or looking for a golden mean, resolution of conflicts, seeking harmony, balance and a new unity.

In his imagery Marthijn de Groot shows himself to be a passionate. Emotional involvement is in every fibre of his being. ‘I am a rebel rooted in love.’ He is artist, philosopher and lover with a sensitive, critical and social mind. His philosophy, honesty and conviction are the source of his work.


  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
  • Minerva Academy, Groningen
  • 1993 diploma in Free Arts, Institute of Social Egineering Hulshorst
  • 2001 Master in Intercultural NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam


  • 2015 – Private Exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2013 – Retrospective 25 Years Artist, CBK Emmen, NL
  • 2011 – Château Les Merles, Tuilières, France
  • 2011 – Centre Des Arts Le Cariol, Naussannes, France
  • 2011 – Moulin Delaroque, Couze, France
  • 2010 – Galerie Walter, Bonn, Germany
  • 2009 – Gallery Centre des Arts Le Cariol, Naussannes, France
  • 2009 – Château Les Merles, Tuilières, France
  • 2008 – Château Les Merles, Tuilières, France
  • 2007 – CVITES, Emmen, NL
  • 2006 – Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn, NL
  • 2003 – Gallery de Omgeving, Borger, NL
  • 2001 – MCT Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2000 – Articoll Gallery, Hoogezand, NL
  • 2000 – Boys Toys, San Francisco, USA
  • 2000 – Foundation Beeldende Kunst, Community Veendam, NL
  • 1999 – Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, New York, USA
  • 1999 – Univé Insurance, Emmen, NL
  • 1999 – Artissimo, Apeldoorn, NL
  • 1999 – Gallery De Kamer, Emmen, NL
  • 1998 – Articoll Gallery, Hoogezand, NL
  • 1998 – Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, San Francisco, USA
  • 1997 – Kreishaus, Nordhorn, Germany
  • 1996 – Waterdrager, City Groningen, NL
  • 1996 – Community Partnerships, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Gallery Woppies Deel, Gramsbergen, NL
  • 1994 – Gallery Torch , Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Hermitage Arts, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Hotel de Ville, Neufchateau, France
  • 1993 – Gallery Espace, Saint Ambroix, France
  • 1992 – Gallery Krabbedans, Eindhoven, NL
  • 1992 – Gallery Dijk 1, Alkmaar, NL
  • 1992 – Metro Gallery, Borger, NL
  • 1991 – Center of ceramics Rooyart, Venray, NL
  • 1991 – Bruggebouw, Community Emmen, NL
  • 1990 – Gallery Dijk 1 , Alkmaar, NL


  • 2008 – Opening of the new atelier Le Cariol, Naussannes, France
  • 2004/2007 – Atelier Marthijn de Groot Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1996/2000 – Atelier de Factory, Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1993/1994 – Atelier Angelslo, Emmen, Netherlands
  • 1993 – Life/work in Saint Ambroix, France
  • 1988/1993 – Atelier Zuidbarge, Netherlands

Works purchased among

  • UBS Bank AG, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Klaus and Barbara Junker, collectors, Bremen, Germany
  • Aedes, Hilversum, NL
  • Blu Watches, Colombier, Switzerland
  • City Hall, Amsterdam, NL
  • City Hall, Emmen, NL
  • City Hall, Leiden, NL
  • City Hall, Rotterdam, NL
  • Colart, Rotterdam, NL
  • Dutch, Hilversum, NL
  • Just B., Amsterdam, NL
  • Koster Diamonds, Amsterdam, NL
  • KPN, Den Haag, NL
  • Kreishaus, Nordhorn, Germany
  • Mark & Barbara Golden, New York, USA
  • Mario Ridder, Rotterdam, NL
  • Marlise Colours, Shanghai, China
  • Martinair, Amsterdam, NL
  • MCT, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Michiel Borstlap, Amsterdam, NL
  • Montblanc, Amsterdam, NL
  • Nicole Lopez, Paris, France
  • Raymond Schneider International, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Sam and Adele, Golden Foundation New York, USA
  • TEB Bank, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Unive, Emmen, NL
  • Wijzonol, Zwolle, NL
  • Wubbo Ockels, Amsterdam, NL
  • Xavier Roberts Collection Cleveland, USA