HER LIFE – VERSATILE AND COLORFUL AS HERSELVE AND HER WORK.
Diana Kortbeek has been one of the fixed values of the Dutch art world since 1979. She is always looking for the essence and simplicity of shapes. Initially in sculptures, figurative but stylized organic, with round shapes. Later also in paintings – mostly abstract and very colorful. The warm colors bring the character.
She exhibits all over the world and converts large collectors to its clientele. The unique shapes of her sculptures deliver its orders from world class. As the prestigious Premiere Rampe Prix of Monaco and the annual Cirque Elegance Award. She goes along on trade missions ‘Women in Leadership’ and she exhibited in prominent places in South Africa. A chronological overview of her career.
PAINTS WITH HER FINGERS ON THE IPAD AND MAKES DESIGN OBJECTS OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS LIKE A BEAN BAG.
Diana Kortbeek find new ways TO print these iArts – like here on a bean bag
Diana is even invited into the Apple Store Amsterdam in 2013 to give a workshop. “Drawing on the iPad. In February 2015 she was asked to give a masterclass “Art on the iPad” in the Apple store Amsterdam. ‘
TRIPLE ART REFLECTION COMPLETELY INNOVATIVE
A multi-portrait in which a person is portrayed in three dimensions. Diana paints, Tim lovers’ dense and Freek Zwanenberg composes. You must Triple Art Reflection catch live – it touches all your senses.
In the same period she is asked for the prestigious Elegance Award. So Her more traditional work remains popular: is annually awarded by its Elegance Award made this – a highly coveted prize.
Other awards designed by Diana and are awarded for many years, the OOA Book of the Year Award (2007 -2011) and the Ger Smit NVM award (2002-present).
2012 – 2009
2012 – 2009 BACK TO FRANSCHHOEK SOUTH AFRICA AND CORK, IRELAND
In 2012, Diana can be found again in South Africa, a country where she and her work often return to be exhibited, this time in Franschhoek.
She also returns to Cork, this time for a major exhibition ‘The Midsummer Show’ in the Garden Gallery.
Diana has become an established name by which she feels the freedom to move increasingly outside the established paths. The iArts – her favorite art form in this time – are the example further, she exhibits particularly in Art-routes and art fairs, and she puts a new Concept Art Square down at fairs.
2002 – 2005
JOHANNESBURG – WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP – LONDON
Diana travels in this period frequently, usually at the invitation of foreign galleries and fairs. In 2004, the established Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg opens her exhibition with the statement: “True artists are capable of showing us where we as human beings are heading… Diana Kortbeek has this gift.”
In 2005 she returns to South Africa with the Dutch trade mission ‘Women in Leadership’. In the same year, 2005, she exhibited for the first time in Cork, at Gallery 9.
In 2002 her work can be seen in London at the Dutch Collection exhibition ‘Bringing Home Art’, with the support of the Embassy.
A crown on her sculpting career: twice Diana is asked to design the prestigious prize at the Premiere Rampe Cirque Monaco.
1996 – 2001 – 2005
TRADE MISSIONS TO BERLIN, USA, SOUTH AFRICA
In 2001 Kortbeek in Berlin with the first female trade mission led by Minister Jorritsma, they draw attention to the opportunities for women to develop in business.
Earlier in 1996, she is already in the United States, and in 2005 in South Africa on trade missions.
BUSY TIMES – FROM USA TO NORTH AFRICA AND ASIA – AND THE START OF DIANA’S PAINTING
In 1995, she often exhibits in the United States, including in Beverly Hills, where all her paintings were sold, after which she travelled on with other work to Tunis, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, and in 1996 to Florida and New York.
Her work is also shown by other galleries at various art fairs, such as the East West Fine Art Gallery from California exhibited her sculptures on the ART ASIA fair at the prestigious Hong Kong HKCEC state in 1995. In Hong Kong, all her sculptures were also sold.
1991 – 1995
THE GOVERNOR GARDEN – THE CITY HALL IN GORINCHEM – THE DORDRECHT MUSEUM
In the 90s, there are also numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands, there are 1991 torsos of Diana’s hand is shown in the exhibition ‘Torso in the Netherlands’ in the Dordrecht Museum, among many other exhibits. Governor Garden in Assen (1992) and the Erolife fair in Utrecht (1994), to the City Hall in Gorinchem (1996) and the office of the SVB in Amstelveen (1999). In all directions and at all places there is to see and admire the works of Diana.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – WARM PALETTE
In the mid 90s she also takes time to get inspired and to come to rest; she will stay long in 1996 in the Dominican Republic. The influences of the stay, the origin of the warm coloring which is so characteristic present in all her paintings. After this period, she is increasingly throwing herself on oilpaintings, and they will return to the Dominican Republic regularly.
1985 – 2000
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Rijbroeck ART GALLERY – THE HOLLAND ART FAIR – THE KURHAUS
Diana is from 1985 to 2000, artistic director of Rijbroeck Art Gallery, with offices in the WTC in Amsterdam and Rijswijk. Under her artistic direction Rijbroeck organizes many exhibitions and is frequently at trade shows, such as annually at the Holland Art Fair. For 15 years she has been responsible for the organization of exhibitions in public spaces in the WTC.
In 1999 Diana exhibit with sculptures in the Kurhaus in The Hague. She is asked on 9-9-99, to paint in the guestbook, which is only removed from the vault if well-known ,famous people stay in the Kurhaus. Self-willed as she is, Diana paints a painting in the guestbook of two pages full.
1975 – 1985
STUDY AND IMMEDIATELY A FLYING START – DE MIJT AND THE VOLKSKRANT
After her studies at the St. Joost Academy in Breda (1975) Diana limelight – then Deege – her pictures and on the road. She examines many different materials and exhibits anywhere is a possibility. In established galleries: eg. Liesbeth Lips (1982), Mijt (1983), for example, but also in the central hall of the Volkskrant (1982).
Fame she gets enough with it, and from the beginning of her career she is frequently interviewed or described in articles – as below from 1980 and 1982.
She studied at the Academy St. Joost in Breda and with the sculptors Richard Freer and Jan Gladinus. Since 1979 she exhibited regularly in the netherlands and abroad. In this time she has built a colorful and varied career.