Joachim (Tegelen, the Netherlands, 15 02 1954) works as a professional artist since 1980. He studied art in the Netherlands, Paris (France), and the US (Palomar College San Diego). Over the years his work was shown in more then a 100 exhibitions in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
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In 1987 Joachim published his first short story, but before and after he wrote articles and essays for several magazines in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the US. He started his first novel in 2006, while living in Spain. Publication followed in Dutch, in February 2011.
the Poems / de Gedichten
He translated 189 pages of his poems and published it at Lulu.com in a full color illustrated edition. In this book as well the originals as the English translations
His study at the Palomar College brought Joachim in contact with digital art, which discipline he developed over the years. Through Mail Art contacts he experienced the pre-Internet possibilities. In 1997 he went back to college in Antwerp for a 6 month course Internet Developer Expert.
Joachim was 18 when he left to Paris, still the Art capital of Europe, where he involved in the local cultural communities of the Academi de Chagall. This was not his first trip abroad. Before he visited Antwerp, and Barcelona, and together with a Pakistan friend he stayed in Karachi and Lahore.
Long before his aim was to become an artist, and the choice of places to go, and people to get in touch with, were always with this goal in mind. This idea of the future reflected already in high school, where f.e. art class or history were in favor above the more "useful" lessons.
Also in Antwerp, he met the Native American Artist Ben Lucero, who was an associated professor at the Palomar College in San Diego. He went with him, back to the US, were he lived for over 2 years. It was at this college that Joachim experienced digital art for the first time, and after he returned to the Netherlands he started to experiment with copier art, amongst others.
It was 1980, 26 years old, when he profiled himself as a professional artist. His first solo exhibition in Onder de Toren, Sambeek, showed an overview of the work he made in the years before. That same year he found 2 galleries to represent him: gallery Adri, Nijmegen, and Edison in the Hague.
Because of the Sambeek exhibition, Joachim was invited through Rank Xerox to work in their Venray showroom, and develop art on the RX5600 prototype color copier machine, which gave him the status of the first color copier artist in the Netherlands. The works developed were shown world wide: from the US, over Europe, till Japan.
Already in a very early stage Joachim experimented with computers, but it took till 1986 before he got his own. Prices were incredible high, and private printing no more than black and white greasy dots. It was in those years that he became active in mail art, which gave him the possibilities of world wide artistic contacts. The www still had to be invented, which didn't mean that there was no electronic highway at all. Joachim was involved in a lot of experiments: from artistic interchanges over a 9K connection to experimental set-ups for video-on-demand.
Again in Antwerp he saw the opportunity when he was elected out of 1400 candidates to participate in the first course Internet Developer Expert, together with 13 other students. For a short time he tasted the new chances building websites and Internet applications, until a younger generation discovered the digital world, and did the same work almost for free. Joachim decided to leave Belgium and moved to Spain, in 2001 a country with a 5% annually growth, and a lack of digital skilled people.
His biggest triumphs as a traditional artist lay back in the late 80´s and early 90´s. He won several prizes and his work was shown in important group exhibitions. In those years he also started writing, that is said: occasionally he published some articles and essays before, mainly for regional magazines.
In 1987 he reacted on a short story contest, and this first attempt was immediately elected as one of the winners. In a short period several of his stories and poems were published, but it took till 2006 before he leaped and started to work on his first novel.
Finding a descent publisher, especially in a small language region as Dutch, is a different game. That's why he decided to publish his first book himself in February 2011. At this moment Joachim finished 6 manuscripts, and is still looking for that one publishing company with the guts and possibilities to spread them.
As everyone knows the economic situation in Spain changed dramatically, work and earning a living became near to impossible. In June 2011 Joachim returned to the Netherlands, where he lives in Maastricht, still looking for the best opportunities to re-start his career.
Joachim Artist - Visual Artist - Writer - Web & Multimedia Developer