Herman van Bergen

Date of Birth1953
Born inThe Netherlands
  • Bio

    Herman van Bergen, (1953, Nijmegen, the Netherlands – residing in Curaçao)

    The sense of senselessness. The perfection in imperfection. The beauty of the fleeting. That is the essence of the work and the life of artist Herman van Bergen. Where society shuns confrontation, difficulty and existential pain, Van Bergen chooses to look that pain straight in the eye, using it to explore the naked beauty of our existence.


    This philosophy is evident in all of his work. The artist, who resides on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, invites the viewer to recognize the beauty in what is usually deemed ugly. Both his paintings and his installations are directed at finding the unfamiliar, the mystical in the ordinary. 

  • Training:

    1973 – 1978      Academy of fine Arts, Arnhem, the Netherlands

    1979 – 1982      Cultural Anthropology, Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands                                                                                                                                                        

    More information about the artist: www.hermanvanbergen.com