Category Archives: Visual art

Good responses

Many good responses to my exhibition “Paintings of Heaven” with the Mozambican sculptor Simões Ferreira as a guest. The exhibition runs until May 26 in the Haagse Kunstkring. See opening times:


Paintings from heaven

Rob van Doeselaar – Paintings and iPad sketches
Simões Ferreira – Wooden sculptures
When: From 1 to 26 May 2019
Where: Haagse Kunstkring, Denneweg 64, The Hague
Opening: 4 May, 4 p.m. by Pascalle Grotenhuis, former Ambassador to Mozambique.
Gallery opening hours: Wed – Fri 12.00 – 17.00, Sat – Sun 13.00 – 17.00
Rob van Doeselaar will be present at the opening and on 12 May at 4 p.m. to talk about his work during ‘The artist tells about his art’.
The artists donate 10% of the proceeds to the fundraising campaign for the victims of the Idaï cyclone in Mozambique

In the month of May I show paintings and iPad sketches that I have made in Mozambique in recent years. The sunny surroundings and the lush growth of trees and plants inspired me to display their shadows, as if heaven creates paintings.
It is interesting to study and paint shadows. What color do they have? How do you transfer movement, contrast and layering to the canvas? What meaning do you see in the forms?

In addition, my good friend the Mozambican sculptor Simões Ferreira shows wooden sculptures that he left under management during a stay in Europe a few years ago. His works depict the inner struggle in Mozambique, marked by the colonial war and followed by the civil war until 1992. With his images, Simões emphasizes the power of women, the family life and the sense of community of people.

Rob van Doeselaar (1958, Goes) has lived, worked and exhibited in many countries as an independent artist. He was confronted with very different living conditions and cultures. The impressions and experiences of his travels are thematically strongly related to his art and have had an important influence on style, color and use of materials. Rob paints on canvas, paper and wood. He also experiments with iPad art. He regularly publishes the results on his blog. You can subscribe to it (for free). He also has a passion for painting portraits. In 2013, he won a prestigious prize in The Hague for the best portrait of King Willem-Alexander. For more information, visit

Simões Ferreira (1959, Maputo) became fascinated by sculpture through contacts with the Mozambican sculptor Alberto Chissano, and by visiting exhibitions in Galeria Paraiso in Maputo. As a self-taught artist he started his career in 1977. In 1987 he devotes himself exclusively to carving. He participated in various collective exhibitions in Mozambique, South Africa, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden. The National Art Museum in Maputo has included his work in its collection. He is also represented in various public and private institutions. He has been a member of Núcleo de Arte since 1978 and also of the Kulungwana Managing Board since 2014. For more information, visit

Rob van Doeselaar


Exhibition ‘Almas Cruzados’

Tomorrow May 31 the exhibition ‘Almas Cruzados’ by Carlos Simões Ferreira and me in Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo opens until 29 June. Together in his open-air studio a few kilometers outside of Maputo we worked on four paintings as two souls from a different world. These works are on show at the exhibitions. Furthermore, the exhibition consists of new work that we have made individually.
I spent a lot of time in the Simões studio. Many people came along. I experienced the African way of life and I became part of the family. After 20 years in Africa, I have discovered that art is mainly about dreams and fantasy, the discovery of the inner world, and not, as in my own tradition, which is based on perception. It is a privilege that Simões helped me to understand this African perspective better.

Migração dos pastores, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm

Lobolo na aldeia, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm

Celebração, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm

Época da abundância, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm

Exhibition Cologne Cathedral

This digital drawing of the Cologne Cathedral of mine is on show this weekend in the Hague Art Circle at the exhibition by Rob Thuis. Come and see and experience!

They have needed 632 years stacking all those stones!

iPad drawing

v e r t r e d e n week 01 THE COLOGNE CATHEDRAL Wed 30 May to 3 June Upper Room The Hague Art Circle

Rob Thuis made hundreds of photographs at the end of last year in the Cologne Cathedral. The photos were edited, colored and placed in order. With music and a special transition, this provides an animated film, a walk along, through and in “Cologne Cathedral”.

The artists Ad van Riel, Marianne Benkö, Rob van Doeselaar, Ger Groothedde, Alice Bakker and Willem Jager have created or selected a work inspired by the animation “De Dom Van Keulen” by Rob Thuis.

During a walk you can invade when you want and stay as long as you want. If you would like to hear and see everything from start to finish, then you are under the pans for about an hour.
On Friday evening, June 1st, there will be a walk-in from 19:30 to 22:00 with a special performance by the men’s double quartet Mannenkoorts.
Also Saturday afternoon, June 2, prior to the opening of the exhibition in the Lange and Hoge zaal, there will be a walk-in from 1 PM to 5 PM. On both occasions poet Edith de Gilde will read  poems and several animations will be shown.

Exhibition in Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo

Tomorrow I participate in an exhibition with 275 small paintings made for this occasion by nearly 100 artists in Maputo. The theme is ‘The history of your own life’. My works are based on pictures of myself as a toddler. I am interested how the visitors will perceive them. Africans have never seen young children in these circumstances, but for my generation in the Netherlands it is very recognizable.