Born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1960
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Berend Strik is represented by Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam
Atelier of Berend Strik
Berend Strik grew up in Nijmegen, Netherlands. From 1986 until 1988 he studied at the Rijksakademie (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam. From 1998 until 2000 he followed the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. In 2001 he was “artist in residence” at Het Vijfde Seizoen (The Fifth Season) in Den Dolder, Netherlands.
Strik has been awarded several national and international prizes, including the 1987 Prix de Rome (second prize, sculpture), the 1990 Charlotte Köhler Award and the 1992 Dorothea von Stetten Art Award.
The work of Berend Strik has been exhibited extensively, both in solo and group exhibitions. In 1994 Strik had a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam called Sadness, Sluices, Mermaids, Delay. In 2010/2011 The Valkhof museum (Nijmegen) presented a retrospective exhibition, called May I Show You My Pictures?, accompanied by a publication of the same title. Strik’s work has also been exhibited internationally in several exhibitions. In 2007/2008 it formed part of the group exhibition PRICKED! EXTREME EMBROIDERY at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York). This exhibition presented the work of 48 artists from 17 countries, who applied the technique of embroidery in their work in various different ways. The Mudam (Luxembourg) exhibited Strik’s work in 2010 as part of the group exhibition Just love me, together with work by Donald Judd, Mike Kelley, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter en Luc Tuymans, amongst others.
In 2012, Boris Gerrets filmed a studio portrait of Berend Strik, as part of the Hollandse Meesters in de 21e eeuw project (Dutch Masters of the 21st century), in which renowned filmmakers followed the most important Dutch artists of today in their studios. Several museums have acquired Strik’s works for their collections, including the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Valkhof Museum, Fries Museum, Schunck Cultural Centre, Museum Het Domein and Textiel Museum. The work of Berend Strik can also be found in several corporate collections, such as: Stichting Kunst & Historisch Bezit ABN AMRO, Achmea Kunstcollectie, AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, AMC Collectie, Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Kunstcollectie De Nederlandsche Bank and Rabo Kunstcollectie.