Dutch fine artist and portrait painter Bianca Berends (Born October 27, 1971) recently received a Certificate of Excellence for one of her portraits from the Portrait Society of America and was part of the BP Portrait Award in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in various well-known museums and galleries in Great Britain and The Netherlands. Reproductions of her portrait of the Dutch King Willem Alexander (2014) are part of the permanent collection of many governmental organizations in The Netherlands. She is recognized as one of the leading contemporary portrait artists in The Netherlands, various times featured in the Dutch media and in the book ‘Portraits of Portrait Artists’. Since 2011 she works and lives a large part of the year on the Caribbean island of Curacao and had the honor of painting two portraits of former governor of Curacao Frits Goedgedrag and a portrait of the former governor of Aruba Fredis Refunjol.

Artist Statement

My work is colorful and characterized by a solid, bold and expressive brushstroke. I am specialized in portraits but I’m first and foremost a painter.

My own series

Where likeness plays an important role in my commissions, it doesn't feature in my own series. I use multiple materials, but work mostly with oils on canvas. I like to combine abstract and figurative elements, look for interesting compositions and I'm inspired by people and my surroundings. I am fascinated by the play of light and shadow, children and scenes from everyday life and since a few years I have been working specifically on a continuous series called 'Beach Life'.


I like my portraits to emanate a certain joy of life, a twinkle in an eye or smile around the mouth. I am a perfectionist and I don’t want to only capture someone’s face in a most exact way, I also want the portrait to show someone’s character. To me it is important that the brushstroke is part of the painting and through that my portraits have a contemporary, modern look and are not painted photographically.

Frans Hals (1583-1666), Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) and John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) are painters I admire, but I am also inspired by contemporary artists like Tai-Shan Schierenberg (1962), Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest (1964) (serie Trophy Heads), Jenny Saville(1970),  Milt Kobayashi (1950) and Robert Rauschenberg (1925 - 2008).