Renske Herder is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. She works in the fields of textile design, collage, graphic art, painting. She received her master's degree in Industrial Design Engineering and honed her skills working in the field of surface design and product styling.  

After this she decided to dedicate more of her time to art making and spend more time outdoors. She quit her job and now lives and works on the Caribbean island Bonaire with her husband and two boys of 1 and 3 years old. 

Renske’s body of work consists primarily of abstract and mixed media artworks. She embellishes existing photographs via her paintbrush and injects new energy into still life imagery.

What brings me alive...

Bike packing

We cycled from Harlingen, The Netherlands to Barcelona. This is the most fun thing I ever did and I'm dreaming of doing a big trip again. We have little children now, so I don't know when it's going to be...


I used to be really stoked about kitesurfing and also participated in competitions. I still love it, but now it's more of a nice workout and getaway to me. I'm a real beach and ocean lover, so it's always fun to go out. 


I love outdoorsy stuff like camping. This picture is made during our bicycle trip. 


This is our family. We live on the caribbean island Bonaire. This is where we can live a real beach / outdoor life and still have a structured daily routine with our children. It's the best of both worlds at the moment.  

Bike packing adventures, the ocean, camping, my family and off course art....

Art Practice

Renske Herder’s practice combines photography, collage and painting to explore a sense of place and cultural history. Images are always the starting point of a new work. This can be a found photo that catches my eye or a photo I took myself. I paint or draw on this image or combine several images into a new whole that expresses a certain feeling. I am always looking for images that are known and unknown at the same time or combined past and present. In addition, the feeling of summer, living on the beach, camping and traveling by bike are important elements that often come back in my work. These are the moments in life when I feel most alive, I want to convey this feeling.

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Website of Dutch artist Renske Herder.
Renske is living on the Caribbean island Bonaire.

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Sabal Palm 41

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