Maryleen Schiltkamp studied art at the Rietveld Akademie and the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Curaçao, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, and Prague. She also has performed with live music painting at international venues and festivals.
In recent years, Maryleen has been drawn to the visual parallels of musical movement and colour relating to sound, through which a body of work with musicians has developed. These include the combination of exhibitions with recitals, mixed-media projects for video, in addition to live painting during recitals – a new performance art that sees Maryleen collaborate with pianist Reinis Zariņš in musicpaintingLIVE. A groundbreaking project on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring will be staged in Riga in June 2023.
Other collaborations are with pianist Tobias Borsboom in the project PAN based on the tone poem Pan opus 43 by Czech composer Vítězslav Novák, with pianist Alexander Kraft van Ermel based on works by Prokofiev and Barber, and with composer and pianist Marion von Tilzer on the theme of Atlantis, related to Maryleen’s series of Atlantis oil paintings (planned for 2024).
Maryleen Schiltkamp’s oil paintings combine classical order with colourful temperament, and a broad reference to the continuity of tradition in art. The artist was born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles in 1959. She is of Dutch heritage, although the typical bright colours and a sense of rhythm related to the Caribbean can also be found in her work. In 1977 she left the island to study graphic design at the Rietveld Academie and classical fine art at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and studied geology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. As an international artist, Maryleen has had numerous solo as well as group exhibitions in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Curaçao, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and Prague. Her work is in many private and public collections throughout the world. The artistic pursuit of live music-painting led to stage performances in London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Prague and Cēsis (Latvia) among others. Maryleen’s artworks based on Shostakovich’s symphonies were the subject of a British documentary, The Art of the Symphony, which premiered in 2017 in Paris and Prague, and in 2019 in Amsterdam and The Hague. Maryleen Schiltkamp is currently based in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam, and she is Chair and Founder of the LiveART Foundation, established in 2022.