Geert Kooiman was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague.
For 12 years he was successful in commercial photography for advertising agencies. He made campaigns for BMW cars, Unilever products, fashion productions throughout, as well as for glossy magazines like: Avenue in the Netherlands and Twen in Germany, the leading magazine of the sexual revolution in the sixties. He developed into a true interpreter of the spirit of that time.
In 1972 he ended his commercial work and started a series of full-page portraits of the most interesting faces of that time in the leading Dutch newspaper NRC. After this he made 30 portraits of world famous classical musicians and conductors like Bernstein, Pollini, Brendel and Jessey Norman. This series became part of the collection of the opera Garnier in Paris, France.
In 1990 he completely stops the documentary aspect in his work. There are no longer real people in his pictures. Objects, large as well as small, are now his target. This creates the opportunity for imagination. Two books: TIJDGEEST in 2004 and the humoristic book REVELATIONS in 2007 appeared. Both books match photos with famous quotations. Publisher: Author House, UK.
Over all these years, he developed a private collection titled SILENCED MATTER which, for him, became the new language in photography. Still lifes, Interiors and Exteriors. The drama of Kooiman’s lost things is the silent melancholy which they embody.
From 2011 there appear old photographs of people in his work as shown in the tryptichons, ‘Of the Visible and the Invisible’.
Since 2012 start of the project ‘The Jubelsenior’, later called ‘The Sleepwalker’, 21 photos on one panel.
Exhibitions and Publications
2018 Completion of the panel with 21 photos
2017 Still lifes – Of the visible and the invisible
2016 575 photos mounted as a film: ‘The Sleepwalker’
2015 Video ‘De Jubelsenior’, later ‘The Sleepwalker’
2013 Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam,
Digitising Contemporary Art for Europeana
2012 – 2018 21 photos ‘De Jubelsenior’, later ‘The Sleepwalker’
2011 Creation of ‘Of the visible and the invisible’
2010 Start of the project ‘De Jubelsenior’, later ‘The Sleepwalker’
2009 Edition Analoog (60 gelatin silverprints)
2007 Photo book Revelations, Author House. English quotations and photos
2006 Edition ‘Wat we zien is niet wat we zien maar wat we zijn’
2005 Exposition 50 posters – Tijdgeest – In the Amsterdam Stopera
2001 Edition Photo book – Tijdgeest – Publisher Voetnoot Antwerpen
2000 Gallery Graphes France
1999 Galleria Puresa Palma de Mallorca
1996 Galleria San Michele Brescia
1995 Exposition – the photo collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
1992 Group exposition Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam
1991 Portrait gallery of 32 musicians in the collection Opera Garnier Parijs
1990 Exposition Letterkundig Museum Den Haag
1989 Publication in NRC Handelsblad of 12 portraits De Tachtigers
1989 Seasons Galleries Den Haag
1988 Canon Image Centre Amsterdam
1986 Seasons Galleries Den Haag
1985 Gallery Arrigo Zürich
1984 Museum Fodor Amsterdam
1983 Gallery Brinkman Amsterdam
1982 Seasons Galleries Den Haag
1981 New York Art Fair
1980 Seasons Galleries Den Haag
1979 Group exposition Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam
1978 Fundatie Kunsthuis Amsterdam
1977 Galleria San Michele Brescia
1977 Meeting with Francis Bacon concerning trampoline-photos
1976 Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Amsterdam
1975 Gallery Fagel Amsterdam
1976 James Yu Gallery New York
1975 Group exposition Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam
1974 Bedford House Gallery London
1973 Galleria Formi Bologna
1972 Goethe Institut Amsterdam
Please visit the websites of the artist:
www.impicturexl.com and www.thesleepwalker.nl