The World of Frida

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Although Frida Kahlo died in the 1950’s her work and life are still inspiring artists from all over the world. Frida’s free spirit makes her a figurehead of feminism even today. Her tormented life story makes that her art touches so many people still. Not only artists or musicians, take for example bands as Florence and the machine and Coldplay who praise her as an inspiration, but also people from a totally different background are moved by this Mexican surrealist painter.

Commemorating Frida – last Friday was her 111th birthday and coming Friday it’s on the day 62 years ago she died – this weekend opened the inspiring group show ‘World of Frida’ at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California. Bringing together 150 artists, through a combination of a juried open call and invitation. What stands out is the large amount of portraits of Kahlo, what comes as no surprise actually considering that of the 143 paintings of Frida Kahlo that remain 55 of them are self portraits. As well can her presence be defined as a work on its own. The in total 450 submissions for ‘World of Frida’ were juried by fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon and Rebecca Gomez, curator of exhibitions and programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin.

A first impression of some of the amazing works that are on show in this group exhibit – that will be on display from July 8 to September 16 – which is actually a double exhibition combined with ‘Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray’ presenting some of the most beautiful and iconic photographs taken of this surrealist artist, shows an inspiring diversity. Ranging from the stunning water color by Misty Segura-Bowers to the meticulously fabricated quilt by Marverick Quilts. From the Teun Hocks like painterly photograph and reenactment of Kahlo’s ‘Self portrait with cropped hair’ by Adela Antoinette to the colorful woodcut by Rupert Garcia. Or the delicate Frida on a dollar bill by Martin Segobia, that will certainly upset the present president a bit more regarding Frida’s nationality and sex. Or turning Frida in a Roman Goddess by Staci Sterenberg by choosing mosaic as a medium laying bear her archetypical strength like an archaeological find. Or depicted as a modern suffragette holding a ‘torch of freedom’ in Yhoshua Gutierrez ‘Frida del Rey’. Of course I feel more than honored to have also contributed a piece to this wonderful and exciting group show with the digital collage ‘Portrait 39: Kahlo’.

‘World of Frida’ runs from July 8 to September 16, 2018 at the Bedford Gallery, CA.

Misty Segura-Bowers – water color painting, 6 x 6 inches (2017).

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Anna Valdez ‘Windowsill’ – oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 55 x 55 inches (2017).

Martin Segobia - Frida Dollar bill 02
Martin Segobia.

Jennifer Shada - Bufanda de Seda (2018) 02
Jennifer Shada ‘Bufanda de Seda’ – water color painting (2018).

Adela Antoinette 02

Frida Kahlo ‘Self portrait with cropped hair’ (1940) & Adela Antoinette ‘F.Kahlo’.

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Marverick Quilts (2018).

Frida Kahlo by Rupert Garcia _ Woodcut 2002
‘Frida Kahlo’ – woodcut, 35.5 x 24.5 inches (2002).

Yhoshua Gutierrez - Frida del Rey(2018) 02
Yhoshua Gutierrez ‘Frida del Rey’ (2018) .

Staci Sterenberg 02
Staci Sterenberg.


Jamie Burnside- Infestation (2018) acrylic on board 21,5 x 17,5 inches 02
Jamie Burnside ‘Infestation’ – acrylic on board 21,5 x 17,5 inches (2018).

Carlyn Krall - Hungry for a Revolution 02
Carlyn Krall ‘Hungry for a Revolution’.

Portrait 39; Kahlo (30x40cm) - Roberto Voorbij
Roberto Voorbij ‘Portrait 39: Kahlo’ – Klein Imaging Smooth Rag 300gsm 15.8 H x 11.8 W inches (2018).

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Limited by SAATCHI ART

Honored to be selected for this new initiative by Saatchi Art! 200 artist have been chosen for the launch of Limited: “a new way to buy limited edition prints by top emerging artists from around the world”. ‘Portrait 36: Kandinsky.’ & ‘Portrait 37: Marc.’ have been especially designed for this brand new platform, exclusive to Saatchi Art.

Portrait 36 and portrait 37 are part of the ongoing series ‘Artist Portraits’. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All collages follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist.

Exhibition view:

Recently exhibited at Leontia Gallery, London and featured on The Dali Museum’s Facebook, The Andy Warhol Museum’s Tumblr,

Roberto Voorbij - Portrait 36; Kandinsky
Portrait 36: Kandinsky.Roberto Voorbij (2017).

Roberto Voorbij - Portrait 37; Marc
Portrait 37: Marc.Roberto Voorbij (2017).

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Bad habit

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Last week some of my artworks were part of the ‘Dump Trump’ group exhibition at WG Kunst Amsterdam. Amongst others the assemblage ‘Bad habit’ in which I present nationalism as a form of compulsive behaviour. Populism as a recurring phenomenon which some of us just can’t do without…The local tv station AT5 reported on this urgent topic as well and documented my protest piece ‘Bad habit’ also.

Dump Trump – WG Kunst, Amsterdam 25.-26.02.2017

bad-habit-roberto-voorbij-02Bad habit, assemblage; cigarettes, paper – Roberto Voorbij (2017).

usa-roberto-voorbijUSA, silkscreen – Roberto Voorbij (2017).

bad-habit-roberto-voorbij-03AT5 report on the ‘Dump Trump’ exhibition.

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GIF Weekender Festival

The first Dutch festival entirely dedicated to the animated GIF took place last weekend at the Amsterdam Volkshotel. In a sense a kind of film festival in which the entries have been reduced to just a few frames, endlessly repeating, evoking a trance state for the visitors. And so appealing to the desire for rhythmic ritual, repetitive hypnosis, to ephemeral ecstasy. Showing great works by Zack Dougherty, Julien Douvier, DarkAngelØne, Zolloc, Erdal Inci and many more… Curated by Daniel Samama and Vincent Seeber the GIF Weekender Festival offered – in addition to a sleek exhibition of splendid GIFS – presentations by The Hmm, an Emoji workshop by TEARS OF JOY and more.

Represented with the below two gifs at ‘The GIF That Keeps On Giffing’ exhibit, the GIF Weekender festival @ the Amsterdam Volkshotel ran from April 29 – May 1, 2016.


Roberto Voorbij – 21 Artist Portraits in 3 seconds (2016).


Roberto Voorbij – Girls and Boys (2014).

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Street Art Sao Paulo

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Following Mahatma Gandhi our world can still use a lot more nonviolent disobedience. More dreams, more engaged art. It’s not without reason this street art has been applied precisely at this spot in Sao Paulo. Pasted by Eric Marechal of The ArtFabric, who also took the photographs of the two homeless. A few weeks later one of them told Eric there was a big fight with knives, after which the other left the place behind…

RNST Voorbij 31N60 Artista Urbano NiceArt Sao Paulo 6 March 16 22(1)NiceArt, The ArtFabric, 31n60, Roberto Voorbij, RNST, Artista Urbano.

Spina Pedro RNST 31N60 Voorbij Artista Urbano NiceArt Paddy Sao Paulo 6 March 16 23(1)Spina Pedro, NiceArt, The ArtFabric, 31n60, Roberto Voorbij, RNST, Artista Urbano.

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Visual Street Poetry in Chile

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Street art pasted by Eric Marechal initiator of Street Art Without Borders and co-founder, along with Fabi Futata, of The ArtFabric. For both initiatives goes that Marechal takes the art of street artists to places where the artists themselves wouldn’t easily go and to locations where the people who live there wouldn’t get in touch with art often. ‘Art should be accessible to everyone’ is the adagium. Besides the different blogs and websites on which this is being presented and documented there now is a book in the making; The ArtFabric – Le street art aux frontières de la société. A photobook for which still some Maecenases are needed, a nice way to obtain your very own version.

Below pasting in Valparaíso, Chile featuring: Catherine Cisinski, Kemin, Bumble, Alias, Raia, Sykonurse and Roberto Voorbij

Catherine Cisinski Roberto Voorbij Kemin01Roberto Voorbij, Catherine Cisinski, Kemin (2016)

Cisinski_Voorbij_Kemin_Bumble_Alias_Raia_SykonurseRoberto Voorbij, Catherine Cisinski, Kemin, Bumble, Alias, Raia, Sykonurse (2016).

Catherine CisinskiCatherine Cisinski (2016).

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Big Amsterdam Art Calendar 2016

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Last week was the official presentation of the ‘Big Amsterdam Art Calendar’.  This coming edition coincides with a leap year, therefore offering room for 366 artists, designers, photographers and architects. A collection of established names and young talent of the Amsterdam art scene, all in a high print quality. This three kilogram, must have art calendar can be ordered here. My own contribution to the ‘Big Amsterdam Art Calendar’ is the work ‘Portrait 14: Scholte.’ A photo collage from the series ‘Artist Portraits’ that all follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist. These limited edition photographs can be ordered via Saatchi Art.

Grote-Amsterdamse-Kunstkalender---Roberto-VoorbijRoberto Voorbij – Artist Portrait 14: Scholte (2013).

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