Clary Mastenbroek was born in the Netherlands. At the Gerrit Rietveld Academy she studied graphic art and painting. She was teaching several years at Minerva Academy ,Groningen. Mastenbroek made over twenty huge folding screens, book illustrations, portraits and graphic art on commission.
Exhibitions in museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, London, New York and Ireland, where she lives now for twenty five years with her own museum in a former mill surrounded by beautiful gardens laid out between the ruins of the mill. Her art is in museums and private collections worldwide. Several books about her art have been published.
The pictorial poetry of Mastenbroek has the insinuating narrative style of 17th century paintings. Colour is a prominent component, but sober and muted, often those of the underwater environment. Sometimes she features horses painted from life in the paintings, textures of the breathing animal with its veins and nervous muscle contraction. The intriguing magic realism with symbols and motives from Greek mythology are opening the gate between Eros and Hades, Life and Death.
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