Miko Veldkamp is a painter based in NYC. He was born in Suriname and grew up in The Netherlands. He has a BFA in video and sculpture from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and was awarded the Hodder Fellowship of Princeton University. His work will be shown at Workplace Gallery in London this Summer.
2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas 114 x 195.5 cm / 45 x 77 in
Miko Veldkamp’s work combines his personal life with folklore and ancestral histories, as if existing in one fantastical time and place, in order to reflect on race, privilege and historical relations between the United States, the Netherlands, Suriname and the Asian Diaspora. It’s populated by shape-shifting, skin color changing and translucent pseudo-self portraits interacting with each other in different roles, that occupy a continually evolving psychological landscape of bicycles, dairy cows, nightclubs, checkered floors, forest spirits, and tobacco and coca leaves. Playful, sensitive, dreamy and lucid, the paintings build homely and idyllic scenes that are reminiscent of Les Nabis and Expressionism, yet they escape a colonial gaze that racially and geographically codes notions of civilized and wild, joy and suffering.
2021 Oil on canvas 162.5 x 101.5 cm / 64 x 40 in
2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas 61 x 45.5 cm / 24 x 18 in
This spring, the Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art will graduate 26 artists who completed their degree over the challenging months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These talented MFA Thesis Candidates are exhibiting their work in six group exhibitions at 205 Hudson, in addition to this online spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth. At time when the public audience for in-person exhibitions has been limited by the pandemic, we are excited to provide this digital platform to the emerging artists from Hunter College’s MFA Program in Studio Art.
Images: All photography by Néstor Daniel Pérez-Molière