Biography and exhibitions

Ineke van der Zwaal started painting in the early 1980s, joining the Vrije Academie in Rotterdam as an evening student. The courses included drawing and painting techniques, portraits and figures, etching and mixed techniques.

She then followed courses in drawing and painting animals in Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam. From 1988 onwards she has won several prizes in competitions for non professional artists, and round the Dutch Railways art project.

In the mid 90s she attended Saturday sessions of the Willem de Kooning Art College in Rotterdam. She took classes in ‘Imagination in Colour’ with the Amsterdam painter Wim Drion. When the academy stopped organising the classes the group of students asked Wim Drion to continue teaching them. To this very day the group meet several times a year painting and discussing each other’s work. From May 1998 the Wim Drion group went to the Greek island Paros ( several times and to Italy. This resulted in a solo exhibition in 2001 and group exhibitions in 2004/2005.

Impressions and images of far countries but also places closer to home can be reason to paint. Her travels to Africa (2006), Tibet (2007) and places in Europe (Prague and Cologne in 2011) were a source of inspiration. But also her immediate vicinity (cows and the industries of the Botlek close to Rotterdam) is represented in her work.

Her present solo exhibition Town and Country, The Netherlands and the rest of the world is the result. Ineke van der Zwaal is a consultant in education. She lives in Rotterdam.


The new exhibition 2012

3-28 October 2012, Expotien, Haven 76, 2871 CR Schoonhoven, The Netherlands. Click here for the invitation.

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Kunst in Pijnacker 2005

Pijnacker, The Netherlands

Expositie Ineke van der Zwaal


Kunstwinkel 6000K 2004

Zevenbergen, The Netherlands


Group Exhibition Undici 2003

Naardwijk, The Netherlands


Solo exhibition: Aanloophuis ´De Groene Luiken´ 2001

Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Rhythm by Ineke van der Zwaal


Paros Group Exhibition 1998

Paros I Church Steps by Ineke van der Zwaal


Rotterdam Railway Tunnel project 1989

First prize

Building Site by Ineke van der Zwaal


Rotterdam Railway Tunnel project 1990

First prize


SKVR competition 1988

First prize for etching

Man by Ineke van der Zwaal


New exhibition

I have a new exhibition shortly in Schoonhoven.  I hope you can make it.  Click here for the invitation.