Born: 13 November 1946, Rijswijk, the Netherlands.
Education: California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, California, 1969 –1970, MFA
Accademia di Brera, Milano, Italy, 1968 –1969, sculpture.
Vrije Academie, Den Haag, 1964 –1968, painting sculpture and printmaking.
Scholarships and Grants:
The Italian Government 1968, Prins Bernhard Foundation Amsterdam 1969,
Foundation of the Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude the Netherlands 1969
California College of Arts & Crafts tuition scholarships 1969, 1970.
Two experimental year grants of the Ministry of Culture the Netherlands1976 1981
Commisions, a selection: In progress, Suzhou Center, China, 2017
TUI cruise ship, Mein Schiff 5, Autumn Tree installation in the Champagne bar, 2016
Holland American Line Cruise ship Koningsdam, through the ceiling sculpture, 2016
Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, Pearl Court and Luxury Court, 60 paper sculptures, 2014
Capa Roof top restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, 30 meter long ceiling sculpture, 2014
Hotel Indigo, Saint Petersburg, group of flying sculptures in the atrium, 2013
Regionaal Archief, Tiel, 2012
Deloitte Utrecht office, 2012
Paper sculptures for the main entree, Maastoren, Deloitte Rotterdam, 2010
Mortuarium Venray, 2010
Sculpture for the Municipalities of the Netherlands building, VNG, The Hague, 2009
Two bronze sculptures, 4 meters high each, originally made in paper, on a bridge in Two bronze sculptures, on a bridge in Fascinatio, Capelle aan den IJssel. 2005.
Mobil-Foils, High shrinkage sculptures, Kerkrade 2005
Ceiling Sculptures, Stadhuis Rijswijk, public space, 2003
Sociale Verzekerings Bank, Utrecht, 2002
Joop van den Ende, Colloseum, Musical Theater, Essen , Duitsland, 2001
Muze Toren, Meyer’s Bouwbedrijf, Den Haag, 2001
Joop van den Ende, Head office Stageholding, Amsterdam, 2000
KNP BT Main Office, Museumplein , Amsterdam 1996.
Sodra Nederland BV Den Haag 1990, RABO Bank, Rijswijk, 1992.
Docent: De Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, painting and drawing, 1974 - 1991
Willem de Kooning College of Arts, Rotterdam, paper- and printmaking 1986 -2011
Designs: 1978 vacuum tables, 1991 hollander beater for long fibers, 1999 drying box for hand made paper and spindle press, all these machines are factory built and for sale.
Papieren Geheimen, on the work of Peter Gentenaar, by Michael Zeeman, 2011
Het Geheugen van Papier, on the work of Peter Gentenaar, Haags Palet, 2006
Palimpsest, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, 1995
The Papermakers Source Book, by Sophie Dawson, London, 1995
The Art & Craft of Papermaking, by Sophie Dawson, London, 1992
Het Complete Papierboek, Cantecleer, de Bilt, 1991 the Netherlands
Paper – Art & Technology, World Print Council, San Fransisco ,1978
Papermaking, Jules Heller, Arizona, 1977
Tactile Paper, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 1996
Paper & Fire, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 1998
Paper & Water, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 2000
Timeless Paper, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 2002
Spirit of Paper, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 2004
Paper Takes Flight, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 2006
Pure Paper, publisher, editor and writer of a chapter, 2008
These books where published in conjunction with all the exhibitions of the Holland Paper Biennial, which I started, in Rijswijk Museum and Museum CODA in Apeldoorn
Expositions, a selection:
Sint Gudulakerk, Lochem, prview art commission Suzhou, China, 2016-2017
Exhibition 'Tissus Imprimes - Pierre Frey', Museum of the Decorative Arts and Design at the Palais du Louvre's western wing, Paris, 2016
Pulchri Studio, many times, the last one in 2016 after winning the Van Ommeren De Vogt prize
Dutch Design Week (DDW 2015) at Trans natural Exhibition, 2015
Exposition 'Waanders in de Broeren' in Zwolle, 2015
Grensloos Kunst Verkennen, IJhorst, 2014
Hooghstate Museum, Hoogstraat 164, Haastrecht, 2013
City Hall Den Haag / Atrium, in the Hague, 2012
Koornmarktspoort, Kampen, 2012
SER, the Hague, 2012
Galerie Année, Haarlem, 2011
Galerie Petit , Amsterdam, regular shows since 1972
Galerie Art Company 2010, Eindhoven Exposition
"Mystère de papier" Abbaye de St Riquier ( France), 2009
Payzac: exposition in the Papeterie de Vaux, France, 2009
Galerie Bianca Landgraaf 2008 2006,
Ino, Ino Gallery, Japan
Kunstlicht in de Kunst, LED’ s in papieren sculpturen, Eindhoven
Kunst RAI, met galerie Petit, Amsterdam, 2002. 2003, 2004
De Holland Papier Biennale, Museum Rijswijk, 1996 , 1998, 2000, 2002
Palimpsest, 4 papermakers in De Brakke Grond, Flemish Cult. Centre, Amsterdam
Touch Please Exhibition, Kyoto, invited foreign artists, Japan, 1995
Contemporary Paper Art Works Exhibition, in Imadate & Azabu Museum, 1995, Tokyo.
Invited artist, exhibition of work and show of techniques, Imadate, Japan 1995
Paper Manifestation 1994, organized by my wife Pat Torley , Eva Andresen and me: IAPMA Paper Congress with 12 workshops and 7 paper exhibitions
Grafiek ’93, Aarschot, Belgium, Int. Print Exhibition
Floriade , Zoetermeer 1992
Design Factory, Copenhagen, group papershow, 1992
Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, group paper show, 1992
The Librije, Municipal Museum , Zwolle, 1992
Galleri Umbra Lund, Sweden 1990
North Sea Gallery ,Scheveningen 1989
Haagse Kunstkring, shows & member from 1970 until 1985, the Hague.
Phoenix Gallery San Francisco,1972
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam,1971
Museum Rijswijk, 1971
Lessebo Papermill, Sweden 1989 ,1992
Japan, Kyoto, 1995.
Haystack, Maine, USA, 1998
Finland, Kouvola Polytechnic Institute, 1997, 1998.
IAPMA Congress, the Netherlands, 1994
IAPMA Congress Copenhagen, Denmark 1996.
In 8 institutes for the mentally handicapped in the Netherlands my papermaking machines are being used, and I give regular workshops for the staff.
"In my artwork, I bring my love of nature, its materials and my fascination with technique together.
Coming from a painting orientated culture, I found in paper fiber a material much closer to nature and with much more character than I ever found in paint.
Slowly I turned from a paper user into a paper and pulp maker and while doing so found endless amounts of new possibilities for shapes and forms in paper."