About Me

“Life is not linear” – one of my favorite expressions, made famous by Sir Ken Robinson, is a good starting point in an “About me” section. Although I spend many years at University studying art, history, psychology & educational sciences it has taking me years to live my true passion of an artist’s life! Grateful for the years in business and with my family that have made me into the person that I am today – I now professionally focus on creating art and passing on the creative spark to others.

Born as Dutch citizen in Germany, living in Luxembourg since the late 90ies, first on my own, then with my family – I now call this city my home. (Therefore fluent in English, German, French and Dutch.)  I’m a foodie, love traveling, film and music and am curious about the world around me!
Essentially I have been communicating, teaching and training the whole way through but only through our son’s first steps in his creative development I have come back full circle and have started to teach art classes. Being convinced that everyone can find the joy of their own expression; I love to teach beginners and advanced students alike!

I enjoy concepting classes and projects for children and adults that encourages them to open their eyes and to try out new styles and methods, looking off the beaten track for interesting subjects. May it be for schools, private classes or in business environments.

My own artistic approach

Although I am constantly searching for new means of expression that also include conceptional works, at heart l am a passionate painter, that works on canvas, paper and cardboard using colour and composition in order to express my perception of the world.

I create images that mirror my desire for landscapes, for nature and objects that the viewer seems to know, but that he has probably never seen like this before – trying to open eyes for the familiar and the mysterious. Striving to catch the singularity of a moment or a landscape and being fascinated by rhythms, structures and objects – in outside and inside spaces that I capture from my own, very specific point of view.

Studies & Professional Experience

1988 History of Arts & History at the FU Berlin
1989 – 1996 Fine Arts, History, Educational sciences & Psychology at the University Paderborn
1996 – 2001 Working for different service providers to the European Institutions, gaining hands on experience in publications management, web site development and training
2001 – 2004 Working for Clerical Medical – HBOS group, being responsible for the set up and strategic outset of their European websites
2004 – 2009 Artistic Independence & family time
2009 – 2010 NPG Wealth Management, being responsible for the management and development of all group wide websites
2010 – to date Artistic Independence

Exhibitions

1991 “Space for art”, Paderborn18_mobilemuseumdeanweb13 - Sonja soyer
1993
 “Footnotes to the subject environment” – Ministry of Agriculture, Düsseldorf
1994
 – Federal Ministry of Environment, Bonn
1995 “Artists for Europe” – Schöneberger Rathaus Berlin
1995 “Provence – Paintings & Drawings”, Kulturwerkstatt 
Paderborn
1996 “Paintings & Drawings”, Riesel/Kreis Höxter
2003 “Arts and Crafts at the Hellweg”, Geseke
2004 “Works 2003 – 2004” Claudia Richter & Sonja Soyer, Böddeckerhof Geseke
2011 – 2013 “Konscht am Gronn”, Luxembourg
2012 February – June “The Mobile Museum” – Money – MUDAM, Luxembourg
2013 12th – 20th October  -“Animals”- Abbay Neumünster, Luxembourg
2014 10th April – 4th May – “The Art Group – Downtown” – Konschthaus beim Engel, Luxembourg
2015 7th February – 29th March – AMUSE LUX – Art inspires Music – Pianos Kelly, Niederanven
2015 4th May – 29th May – “Underlying structures” – European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg