Curriculum vitae

Cécile van Hanja born in Bastia (Corsica)



Visual artist






Dedicated and passionate contemporary artist renowned for translating the essence of Modernism into visually compelling compositions. Profoundly influenced by Bauhaus and De Stijl, creating artworks as a reflection of order amidst chaos. Known for meticulously crafting modern architectural landscapes that provoke introspection and evoke a sense of familiarity in an ever-changing world.


Professional Experience


• Pioneered a distinctive artistic style by combining elements of Mondrian’s abstract geometric forms and the visual aesthetics of contemporary architectural design.

• Produced a diverse portfolio of paintings, exploring the symbiotic relationship between modernist structures and human experience.

• Exhibited artwork in prestigious galleries and art shows worldwide, garnering critical acclaim for the unique fusion of colors and spatial perception.


Art Educator 


• Fostered a passion for art in students by developing comprehensive curricula and conducting engaging art workshops.


• Mentored and guided aspiring artists in discovering their unique artistic voices and honing their technical skills.





• Proficient in painting techniques: Acrylic and oil paints

• Specialized knowledge in modern architecture and its portrayal in artworks

• Ability to create multi-layered and transparent compositions

• Expertise in capturing light and spatial depth in paintings



  • University for Arts, The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ;graduated in 1993
  • Teacher training institute, visual Arts; graduated in 1989
  • University of Amsterdam (U.v.A.); French literature.


  • 2005 Subsidy extra impuls(Stimulerings stipendium) grant Mondrian fund, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2003 Basisstipendium; 2 years grant Mondrian fund, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2000 Presentation subsidy Vishal, Haarlem (NL)

Artist in residence

  • 2019 Port Tonic Art Center, France
  • 2008 Canserrat international art center, Spain
  • 2005 Château La Napoule, France (

Related activities; teaching

  • 2007-2019 INCCA Education; Temporary teacher Master I Conservation and restoration of modern an contemporary art at the University of Amsterdam; Het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2010 Museum teacher "Mythen van het atelier",Teylers museum Haarlem (NL)
  • 2012-today, Museum guide and teacher,Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam(NL)
  • 2013-today, Museum guide and teacher,Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam (NL)


  • 2019 Pavilion Port Tonic- An adjustment on perspective, An installation of Cecile van Hanja and Jeroen van der Beek, Location: Port Tonic Art Center, les Issambres, Côtes d'Azur

Curator projects

  • 2002-2004, Invisible process,SBK-Amsterdam-Oosterhout.
  • 2005, Unknown area,De Vishal Haarlem and Kleurklank ,RC de Ruimte.
  • 2006, Espaces relationnels,Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam.
  • 2011, Constructing Identity,De vishal Haarlem

Selected solo Exhibitions

  • 2022 Crossing Point / Fremin Gallery, New York ( USA)
  • 2019 The Glass House/ Nassau 42 Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE)
  • 2017 Architectural spaces/Unexpected Colors, Rob de Vries Gallery Haarlem (NL)
  • 2015 Beyond Chaos, Galerie BMB Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2011 Radbout University, Nijmegen (NL)
  • 2011 Vanishing point, ABC Architecture center Haarlem (NL)
  • 2010 Perspectives, Galerie BMB Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2010 Galerie 56,SBK tilburg (NL)
  • 2009 Kunst op kantoor, Stadhuis Haarlem (NL)
  • 2009 Ymere locatie Sloten, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2008 Galerie 16, SBK Hengelo (NL)
  • 2007 Galerie Joghem, stichting Sanquin Research, Amsterdam (NL)

Selected Group exhibition

  • 2019 Legacy of the Bauhaus , Lisa Norris Gallery , London (UK)
  • 2018 Affordable ArtFair, Lisa Norris Gallery, London (UK)
  • 2018 Chromotopia, Lisa Norris Gallery, London (UK)
  • 2017  Peripheries, Lisa Norris Gallery, London (UK)
  • 2016  Luw, 37PK Haarlem, (NL)
  • 2016 EXPO72, Alkmaar (NL)
  • 2015 Mondriaanhuizen, Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort (NL)
  • 2015 Galerie Joghem, Stichting Sanquin research, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2014 In Glorious colour,one of the 10 finalists showdown competition, Saatchi art at the Griffin Gallery, London (UK)
  • 2013 Urban landscapes IV,Gallery Wegert & Sadocco,Winkel (NL)
  • 2011 Constructing Identity, De Vishal Haarlem (NL)
  • 2011 30cmx30cm, Museum Waterland, Purmerend (NL)
  • 2010 Global village, Alkmaar (NL)
  • 2009 RC de Ruimte IJmuiden (NL)
  • 2009 Façades, ABC Architecture center Haarlem (NL)


  • 2005 Selected by La Napoule Art Foundation for a Artist in residence at the Château Lanapoule in France.
  • 2012 Selected for the television program "De nieuwe Rembrandt"
  • 2014 Nominated for the exhibition "In glorious colour" at the Griffin Gallery by Saatchi Art gallery in London, UK
  • 2015 Nominated for the Vishal Art Prize 2015, Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Work in Collections

  • Ymere, Amsterdam
  • SBK, Amsterdam
  • Cordares, Amsterdam
  • Stichting Sanquin Bloedbank, Amsterdam  
  • Various private collections in the Netherlands, France,the UK, the US, Japan and Switzerland.



  • 2021 The illusionist by Edward Kiersh 
  • 2018 ISSUU Vie Magazine July 2018
  • 2018 Aesthetica Magazine
  • 2018 Saatchi Art Early Fall 2018 Catalog
  • 2018 On the Edge, Geometricae, Geometric Abstract Art Magazine, 29/06/2018
  • 2016 Style and Suspense on art and aesthetics , September 16, 2016
  • 2015  Italia Art Magazine, 27/08/2015
  • 2015 Inside the studio,Interview Saatchi art Magazine
  • 2015 Het beeldende kunst journaal "Mondriaanhuizen"door Wim Adema
  • 2015 Collect,Up to Art Musea,Modernistische architectuur in de hedendaagse schilderkunst.
  • 2014 Art's Sake,Issue-76
  • 2014 PR newswire,Saatchi Art announces the finalists for the world most higly submitted Art Prize.
  • 2014 Design Milk,Architectural paintings by Cécile van Hanja
  • 2014 Architizer,Alluring paintings of modernist Icons capture anonymity in architecture
  • 2014 ArticulAction art review june 2014
  • 2012 Contemporary Art Global Speaking, Saatchi Gallery London serious talent atists.
  • 2012 Twenty finalists 'De Nieuwe Rembrandt', Avro-tv
  • 2012 De invloed van architecture bij 'Constructing Identity,Haarlem's Dagblad,april 2011
  • 2011 Select Tableau,fine arts magazine 33ste jaargang nr.4
  • 2010 Perspectives,catalogus Gallery BMB Amsterdam
  • 2008 Sanquin 'Geen kale muren'
  • 2006 Kunstbeeld, 'Tussen kunst en bouwkunst'
  • 2006 De Nieuwe, 'Het territorium'
  • 2005 Haarlem's dagblad'Unknown