My work is rooted in my observation of, and interaction with, my surroundings and daily life. Intuition and imagination play an important role in this. Stemming from my own femininity, women and girls take centre stage in my work. I am fascinated by universal female postures and poses which, though subtle and culturally influenced, nevertheless reveal a personality. The absence of faces as a major human characteristic sets one free to explore the female identity behind cultural codes. In my work, identity remains mysterious and the past tangible; almost with a whisper, I paint and draw these into the present or it takes shape in collages, murals and installations.

Curriculum Vitae

Rolina Nell (1968) graduated in 2001 from the Academy of Visual Arts and Design Minerva, Hanze University Groningen. Since then she has exhibited her work regularly in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2006 Rolina received a Basic Stipend from the Mondriaan Fund, with which she took the opportunity to travel extensively for a year and develop new work at various artist residencies world wide. It is in line with her aim to develop new work every year in a suitable artist residency, in a place that is fresh and unfamiliar to her. After living and working in the cities of Rotterdam and Delft for several years, she moved to the countryside in 2013. Initially she went back to her roots: for eight years she lived and worked on the farm in the Northeast Polder where she also grew up. From 2008 to 2021 she organized temporary presentation places and artist residencies in Delft and later at the farm in the Northeast Polder. In August 2021, Rolina moved to the Bierumer School, a former school in the village of Bierum (Northeastern Groningen), which is now a space for production and presentation. Here, in addition to having her own living and working space in the school, she fulfills the role of organizer and curator. Rolina is also active at - and part of about A woman, a platform where female artists engage in dialogue about their position in the art world. She also works as an artist's assistant for Lily van der Stokker. In 2019, her self-designed and edited book album was published. The book provides an overview of Rolina's paintings and drawings in an environmentally friendly printed edition.

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1997 - 2001
BA Fine Arts, Minerva Art Academy | Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen the Netherlands
1988 - 1992
BA Teacher Education in Fine Art and Design | NHL University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden the Netherlands

Solo and duo exhibitions

Troost Feest van de Geest Sebastianus church, Noordwolde the Netherlands
Der Arbeiter tanzt nicht, der Arbeiter arbeitet KEIK, Groningen the Netherlands
Dorien De Portiersloge, Groningen the Netherlands
Monnikenwerk Andreas church, Eenum the Netherlands
hink-stap-sprong Kunstpunt, Groningen the Netherlands
Open studio Van Gogh AiR atelier De Moeren, Zundert the Netherlands
album CBK Rensenpark, Emmen the Netherlands
Home is where temporary shelters for my paintings spread across the country the Netherlands
zij zei Dat Bolwerck, Zutphen the Netherlands
Maandag Wasdag City Museum Harderwijk, Harderwijk the Netherlands
Maandag Wasdag Vischpoort Museum Elburg, Elburg the Netherlands
Female Vrijhof gallery | University of Twente, Enschede the Netherlands
Marit Dik & Rolina Nell Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Rolina Nell & Anna Skubisz Ann’s Art, Groningen the Netherlands
gestippeld, gestreept, geruit en verbloemd Museum Schokland, Schokland the Netherlands (& Guda Koster)
terugblik Gallery het Gemaal, Echten the Netherlands 
wat er is WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands (& José Krijnen)
Staan, wachten, treuzelen, hangen, lummelen Theater ‘t Voorhuys, Emmeloord the Netherlands
Rolina Nell & Lie van der Werff Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Zitten, staan, hangen, lummelen DOK Kunst, Delft the Netherlands
Uit Zicht Salon #17 TAC | PEK, Eindhoven the Netherlands (& Anouk Bax)
daarentegen Ruimte Remmelink gallery, Delft the Netherlands
op_LOCATIE id11 Museum-night Delft, former shop, Delft the Netherlands (& Désirée de Baar) 
op het tweede gezicht Castle of Rhoon gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Voorbijgaand De Overslag, Eindhoven the Netherlands 
HusH ArtUnit, Haarlem the Netherlands
been everywhere, seen everything Minerva Art Academy, Groningen the Netherlands
been everywhere, seen everything LittleBird gallery, Los Angeles USA
Exclude I Singalong |Andrejsala, Riga Latvia
Indian Times Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad India
Appearance Paradise International Art Centre | shops at the Pirozi Street neighbourhood, Tehran Iran
Sareckhi Art Villa Garikula, Akhalkalaki Georgia
‘t wasgoed De Verschijning, Tilburg the Netherlands
Familie sandersgeluk | Het Groot Handelsgebouw, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (& Maaike Sietszema)
de Schone Schijn Magazijn Vomberg gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
From dusk till dawn de Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond the Netherlands (& Bérénice Staiger)
to Hell and Back studio DSPS, Rotterdam the Netherlands (& Marian Brugman)
Insignific Sign gallery, Groningen the Netherlands (& Buxus: Jan Bokma & Alex Winters)
Rolina Nell Museum Nagele, Nagele the Netherlands

Group exhibitions

about A woman - Holy Moly Galerie Ruimte Remmelink, Delft the Netherlands
BOOKSHELF #3 ARTisBOOK, Groningen the Netherlands
Energie Kunstmaand Ameland, Island Ameland the Netherlands
DNA KUNSTEXPEDITIE Tuinen Mien Ruys, Dedemsvaart the Netherlands
Marianne de Jong | Corinne Vorwerk-Smaal | Hester Zagt | Jeannette Ephraim | Rolina Nell MAAN gallery, Kortgene the Netherlands
Tekenkabinet XI  gallery Art Singel 100, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Over de Dijk Dijken van Wijven, Kattendijke the Netherlands
Tekenkabinet XI projectspace BMB, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Wintersalon Pictura Groningen, the Netherlands
Van Gogh als inspiratie Vincent van GoghHuis, Zundert the Netherlands
Anna Ramsair | Astrid de Pauw | Rolina Nell MAAN gallery, Kortgene the Netherlands
Anonyme Zeichner galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin Germany
Grensloos Kunst Verkennen installation de Verwachting, IJhorst-De Wijk the Netherlands
about A woman - witte wieven XPO, Enschede the Netherlands
Nieuwe meesters blikken terug Ann's Art, Groningen the Netherlands
Tekenkabinet IX Amstelpark, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Dichter op het Water Enserchurch, Museum Schokland, Schokland the Netherlands
Eindeloos Dijken van Wijven, Noord Beveland the Netherlands
Publieke Werken Rotterdam, Rotterdam the Netherlands
GEDENKWAARDIG Stedum the Netherlands
RAM Ramsweg Ens, Noordoostpolder the Netherlands
#artistsupportplege De Balie, Amsterdam the Netherlands
about A woman - SISSA NIFFO gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
eb De Zuidert, Museum Schokland the Netherlands
EN NU Pictura, Dordrecht the Netherlands
SUMMER JOURNEY Gallery Dessers, Hasselt Belgium
Tekenkabinet XS Amstelpark, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Virtual Pleasures Hommes, kunst en projecten, online exhibition
about A woman - girlhood Art Space Rotterdam, Rotterdam the Netherlands
n.a.v. Internationale Vrouwendag gallery Pien van der Beek, Rotterdam the Netherlands
ART BLAAK HOUSE Blaak House, Rotterdam the Netherlands
US FERLOSSER portretten van Domela Museum Heerenveen, Heerenveen the Netherlands
RESET Gallery Dessers, Hasselt Belgium
International Summer Residency Aschersleben Bestehornpark, Aschersleben Germany
La nostalgie du temps perdu Gallery Dessers, Leuven Belgium
First Decade art-space 38CC, Delft the Netherlands
the Allie van Altena Minerva Farewell (drawing) Exhibition Minerva Art Academy, Groningen the Netherlands
Beep Painting Biennial Elysium gallery | Swansea College of Art, Swansea United Kingdom
Waited for the Fish Corner Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
THE GREAT WALL PHK18, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Ralph van Meijgaard | Geert Baas | Rolina Nell WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
converge SÍM gallery, Reykjavik Iceland
Schokland Scratch harbour of the former island Schokland | Museum Schokland, Schokland the Netherlands
voorbijgaand Charlois Speciaal pop up of Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Patterns Beyond the Obvious LIA Spring Group Show Spinnerei Spring Gallery Tour, Leipzig Germany
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller LIA Winter Group Show Spinnerei Winter Gallery Tour, Leipzig Germany
Schwarzmalen 2 VondelCS, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Kondensat ArToll malerlabor, Bedburg-Hau Germany
Voor Uit Zicht Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Temporary Threads Ekserserhuset Kristiansand Norway
Art The Hague Art Fair, The Hague the Netherlands
Voorbijgaand former building of Woudsend Insurance, Woudsend the Netherlands
The Great Last Minute Art Fair, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Nothing can be seen that is neither illuminated nor colored Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
about A woman De Witte Slagerij, Rotterdam the Netherlands
RAW China Expo warehouse Santos, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Re:Rotterdam Art Fair Rotterdam the Netherlands
Wintergasten TETEM, Enschede the Netherlands
Duende Dicht Duende Studios, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Rolina Nell & Lie van der Werff Hommes gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Re:Rotterdam Art Fair, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
10 jaar Minerva CBK Drenthe, Assen the Netherlands
DE SPEELTUIN id11 art-space 38CC, Delft the Netherlands
1 van 11 Weesperzijde gallery, Amsterdam the Netherlands
kruithuis BEZET Het Kruithuis, Den Bosch the Netherlands
FLAT_land id11 former apartment building Poptahof neighbourhood, Delft the Netherlands
Nomaden CBK, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Delfts Blauwe Panden former houses at Van Leeuwenhoeksingel, Delft the Netherlands
BuroDijkstra Three Years! BuroDijkstra ArtGallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
ART within geborgen kamers, The Hague the Netherlands
hier&daar art-space 38CC, Delft the Netherlands
HTV id11, former houses Poptahof neighbourhood, Delft the Netherlands
Thrill & Suspense Walls gallery, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Art Without Borders Theo Hübens gallery, Maastricht the Netherlands
Open studio Kaus Australis, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Open studio Red Gate studios, Beijing China
Je Reve Noord gallery, Groningen the Netherlands
Kans op gezondheid Broerenkerk, Zwolle the Netherlands
Distance Shenghua Art Center, Nanjing China
Electron, Breda the Netherlands
PLAIN BAR DSPS | former bar Katendrecht neighbourhood, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Ladenkast project Phoebus gallery, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Open studio Foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Hollandse Nieuwe Chassé gallery, Breda the Netherlands
Simmersalon Bas 10 gallery, Sneek the Netherlands
Versie 1.0  final exam Academy of Fine Art and Design Minerva, Groningen the Netherlands

Artist residencies

DRAWinternational, Caylus France
Monnikenwerk Andreas church, Eenum the Netherlands
Van Gogh AiR atelier De Moeren, Zundert the Netherlands
Internationales Sommeratelier Aschersleben, Aschersleben Germany
art quarter budapest, Budapest Hungary
SÍM residency, Reykjavik Iceland
2015 - 2016 
LIA, Leipzig Germany
ArToll, Bedburg-Hau Germany
CreArt AiR, Kristiansand Norway
2009 - 2012 
Duende, Rotterdam the Netherlands
De Overslag, Eindhoven the Netherlands
Minerva Art Academy, Groningen the Netherlands
Roberto Espinosa studio, Los Angeles USA
Kaus Australis, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Singalong, Riga Latvia
Red Gate, Beijing China
Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad India
Paradise International Art Centre, Tehran Iran
Art Villa Garikula, Akhalkalaki Georgia
Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia Bulgaria
de Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond the Netherlands
2002 - 2003
B.a.d, Rotterdam the Netherlands


Municipality of Eemsdelta, the Netherlands
Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds, the Netherlands
Residency Grant van Gogh AiR Zundert the Netherlands
Municipality of Enschede the Netherlands (about A woman projects)
Cultuur Concreet fund, CBK Rotterdam, Prins Bernard cultuurfonds (about A woman projects)
Residency Grant city of Aschersleben Germany
Residency Grant CreArt city of Kristiansand Norway
Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fund / Tijl Fund, Amsterdam the Netherlands (project HERNIEUWEN)
Foundation Stokroos, Utrecht the Netherlands (project HERNIEUWEN)
Special Mention A.J. Prins Cultuurprijs, Delft the Netherlands
Municipality of Delft the Netherlands
Foundation NRC, Rotterdam the Netherlands (project Home Sweet Home)
2006 - 2008
Basic stipend Fund BKVB (Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) now know as Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Nomination Buning Brongers prize, Amsterdam the Netherlands
Nomination Dooyewaard stipend, Groningen the Netherlands


2021 - 2022
Home is where
2019 - present
about A woman
2015 - 2019
Maandag Wasdag 
2011 - 2012
2008 - 2010
Home Sweet Home

been everywhere, seen everything


Mural commissioned by the municipality of Delft Vestia housing company wall of the S-shaped living block Hillekop of Mecanoo architects, Rotterdam the Netherlands (implementation november/december 2017, cancelled due to not being able to guarantee the quality and the sustainability of paint/mural painting in the mentioned winter period)
Mural eduction project with students (14 years), commissioned by the municipality of Kristiansand Norway
Sketch visual art Cultural year 2009, commissioned by the municipality of Delft the Netherlands
Mural, commissioned by the municipality of Delft  the Netherlands
Instruction paper primary education, commissioned by CBK Rotterdam the Netherlands

In collection

Vincent Van GoghHuis Zundert, DELA art collection Nijmegen, Caland/schoen Rotterdam, DOK kunst Delft, Kunstuitleen Emmeloord, ArtZaanstad Zaandam and in more corporate collections and also private collections in the Netherlands and abroad. 


Curatorial masterclasses Cultuur+Ondernemen, Amsterdam the Netherlands
2001 - 2002
Graphic design and web-design Kreft Advies Opleidingen, Amsterdam the Netherlands

Artist related work

2021- present
Co-organizer, -curator of the foundation of artist initiative Bierumer School
2019 - present
Co-organizer, -curator of platform about A woman, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Co-organizer AiR for Experiment; encounter, collaborative venture between id11 and DutchCulture | TransArtists in the context of the EU project CreArt, Delft the Netherlands
Jury member Zomer Expo, Groningen the Netherlands
2013 - 2020
Organizer, curator at the foundation of artist initiative id11, Rutten, Noordoostpolder the Netherlands
Co-organizer SHIFTING AiR STRATEGIESseminar, a collaborative venture between id11, DutchCulture|TransArtists, Satellietgroep and Wander in the context of the EU project CreArt, Delft the Netherlands
Jury member Kunstbende, The Hague the Netherlands
Lecture curating experiences with independent curator contemporary art Piet de Jonge, Rotterdam the Netherlands
2012 - 2013
Member of the foundation of Duende Activities | Duende Studios Rotterdam the Netherlands
Member RAiR (Rotterdam artist-in-residence) | Duende Studios, Rotterdam the Netherlands
2011 - present
Assistant of international working visual artist Lily van der Stokker
Co-curatorship 1 van 11 exhibition, Amsterdam the Netherlands
2008 - 2016
Organizer, curator at the foundation of artist initiative id11, Delft the Netherlands
2008 - present
Member of the board and curator of the foundation of artist initiative id11
Lecture AiR experiences, Minerva Art Academy | Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen the Netherlands
2003 - 2006
Coordinator AiR studio DSPS, Rotterdam the Netherlands
2001 - present
Graphic designer
1999 - 2006
Assistant visual artists Gijs Frieling and Roland Schimmel
1997 - 2005

Publications and writings

Rolina Nell & Josefien Alkema broadcasting company Het Hogeland
Rolina Nell Art House of U showcase
GNKK The Major Dutch Art Calendar
In de tussentijd belanden, Rolina Nell Van Gogh AiR interview by writer in the visual arts Esther van Rosmalen Witte Rook Breda
Was getekend…Tekenkabinet XI te gast at galerie Art Singel 100 review by art historian Sandra Mackus, drawingblog
Tekenkabinet XI exhibition catalogue
In the studio of Rolina Nell video registration of Studio Snoekduik | Kunstpunt Groningen
about A woman - witte wieven video registration of the creation of the exhibition
Kunstenaars estafette: Rolina Nell interview Kunstuitleen Emmeloord
Eigezinnige kijk op 'oude' meesters review by journalist Illand Pietersma | Dagblad van het Noorden, newspaper article
Everything is possible Publieke Werken Rotterdam exhibition catalogue
Tekenkabinet IX exhibition catalogue
Gedenkwaardig virtual tour | exhibition catalogue
Rolina Nell 5 oktober 2020 by journalist Wim Noordhoek, artlog
Rolina 25 september 2020 by journalist Wim Noordhoek , artlog
Niets dan tijd review by jounalist Joep van Ruiten | Dagblad van het Noorden, newspaper article
Omdenken review by politician H Tiesingalocal newspaper 
Tekenkabinet XS exhibition catalogue
Die Fleissige Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, newspaper article
album book self-published/-designed/-edited
zij zei interview by B-FM broadcasting company region Zutphen
Het is Maandag Wasdag in Harderwijk by journalist Peter van Eekelen | broadcasting company province Gelderland
Streekdracht als houvast en keurslijf interview by journalist Marion Groenewoud journalist | De Stentor, newspaper article
RESET exhibition catalogue
Beep Painting Biennial exhibition catalogue
REFLECTIE, TROOST, DOORGEVEN overview of the fourth 100 acquisitions for the DELA art collection, book 
De crematoriumkunst van Dela: werken die schuren en waar je een fijne zucht bij laat De Volkskrant, newspaper article
Rolina Nell in Charlois by journalist Wim Noordhoek, artlog
Kwetsbaar, aaibaar review by journalist Illand Pietersma | Dagblad van het Noorden, newspaper article
GNKK The Major Dutch Art Calendar 
wat er is opening speech by artist Arie van Geest, Rotterdam the Netherlands
Rolina Nell open studio interview by artist Maeshelle West-Davies | The Leipzig Glocal, online article
verstoppertje poem by Ab Bertholet
Kondensat ArToll malerlabor, exhibition catalogue
GRKK The Major Rotterdam Art Calendar
Temporary Threads opening speech by artist Borghild Rudjord Unneland, Kristiansand Norway
Det er godt a ikke bli forstyrret av familien by journalist Eva Myklebust Fædrelandsvennen Norway, newspaper article
Elver henger pa veggen by journalist Lars Hollerud Fædrelandsvennen Norway, newspaper article
Local Heroes photos by artist Reyer Boxem, magazine
Rolina Nell schildert ‘haar’ vrouwen op muren theater interview local newspaper
Staan en wachten met Rolina Nell interview local newspaper
Rolina Nell exposeert werken op RE: Rotterdam Art Fair en RAW China Expo interview local newspaper
GRKK The Major Rotterdam Art Calendar
Jubileumtentoonstelling PEK Eindhoven, exhibition catalogue
Re;Rotterdam-deel-2 Trendbeheer 11/2/2012, artlog
Uit Zicht PEK Eindhoven, newspaper article
onderZOEKT Trendbeheer 29/10/2011 27/11/2010, artlog
Representeert De Curator, one-off newspaper about curating exhibitions, visions about curating art
De Overslag 2008-2009 Eindhoven, exhibition catalogue
op_LOCATIE id11 Delft, project catalogue
Reflection on Rolina's paintings by art historian, visual arts reviewer Lida Bonnema (English transelation by Mike Ritchie)
Beschouwing over de schilderkunst van Rolina Nell  by kunsthistoricus, recensent beeldende kunst Lida Bonnema 
FLAT_land id11 Delft, project catalogue
Plein Delft cultuurjaar 2009, magazine
Gids Delft cultuurjaar 2009, magazine
De Unie Uitgelicht Rotterdam, program flyer
Nomaden Trendbeheer 5/5/2009, artlog
Coloringbook 52 drawing self-published/-designed
Reflection on Rolina's paintings by galerist Mylissa Fitzsimmons of LittleBird gallery Los Angeles USA
Die tijdelijkheid werkt bevrijdend by journalist Rina Tienstra | HanzeMagazine
13 Delft, artists catalogue
STARTDOCUMENT an AiR in Delft id11, project catalogue
been everywhere, seen everything project catalogue self-published/-designed
Residencies' report by Rolina Nell from Bulgaria / Georgia / Iran / India / China / Latvia - 2007 DutchCulture | TransArtists
Droomsamenleving PJ Partners, magazine 
Working on Common differences New York Arts Magazine exhibition Distance Nanijing China, magazine
Alles van waarde.. de Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek Helmond, exhibition catalogue
Atelierroute Charlois Rotterdam, newspaper article
Daar gebeurt het…, De Stentor, newspaper article
Versie 1.0 Minerva Art Academy final exam catalogue
Kunst op de Kast UMC Groningen, project catalogue