Dutch artist Sjaak Kaashoek (born 1961) grew up in Sliedrecht, a village in Holland. As a child he loved to draw. When he was 14 years old he discovered the renaissance masters Dürer, Leonardo and Michelangelo. In those years he made a lot of pencil drawings inspired by the great masters.
Like his great model Rembrandt van Rijn he wanted to study painting and etching, so he signed up at the academy CABK; Christelijke Academie voor Beeldend Kunstonderwijs (tr. Christian Academy for Visual Art Education) in Kampen.
There he studied from 1981-1986 in the printmakers workshop and painting studio. He got lessons from Ko Oosterkerk (1928-1912), who was a well known Dutch printmaker. Oosterkerk studied in 1963 in Paris at the famous studio “Atelier 17” by Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) .
In the painting studio of this academy Kaashoek got lessons from Guido Lippens and Eli Content. Meanwhile he studied in Amsterdam at Amsterdamse Academie voor TeHaTex (at present time Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten). There he learned to teach drawings and also he graduated at this school.
Since 1996 Kaashoek is fulltime professional artist, making and selling a lot of paintings, etchings and drawings, even commissioned.
2015 Boomkwekerij museum in Boskoop (NL) group-exhibition
2014 Stedelijk Museum Kampen (NL) group
2012 Wilhelm Morgner Haus, Soest, Germany, with Wouter Berns
2009 Voerman Museum Hattem (NL) group
1995 Muzee Scheveningen, The Hague (NL) duo-exhibition
1987 Provinciaal Museum Goes (NL) group