Artist Marco Kooiman - All art work available, originals and signed limited edition prints. Marco Kooiman (June 7,1973) is a Dutch painter and graphic artist. Born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), he is the son of Carolina Gianvincenzo, an Italian architect and artist, and Gustaaf Kooiman, a geologist from the Netherlands. Kooiman's family left Africa for Canada in 1980, where he spent the remainder of his youth.
From a very early age, he displayed a natural gift for drawing and painting. Aware of his talents, Kooiman's mother educated him in the fundamentals of drawing and would become an important influence in his early development. During the severe Canadian winters, Kooiman studied the history of art and demonstrated an artistic understanding that was unique for his age. At twelve years, he spent time in Rome at the residence and studio of well-known Italian painter Alfredo Maruccio, who's paintings and sketches would become a catalyst for Kooiman's future decision to become an artist.
Canadian landscape artist Tom Thompson also emerged as an early influence on Kooiman's work, particularly the use of bold colour. Other important influences are vary from Roy Lichtenstein, Vincent van Gogh to Caravaggio.
In 2005, Kooiman's work took a striking turn from impressionistic landscapes and still lifes to a bolder, more imaginative personal style. Kooiman drew inspiration from the renowned 'dolce vita' culture of Italy and is frequently found at work in his own Rome-based studio. Highly eclectic, he makes use of traditional Italian scenes interpreting them through the lens of strong colours. His artistic style is now widely considered a blend of pop art and the Macchiaioli (Italian Impressionists).
Kooiman works exclusively with oils, preferring their flexibility over acrylics. His original paintings, often measuring 1m x 1m, are from rolled canvases stretched out and mounted on aluminium frames, which do not bend or distort over time unlike traditional wooden frames.