Colouring the day away at the age of four, Irene Veltman knew at a young age she wanted to become an artist. With the introduction to the Old Masters, her fascination for art was born.

While pursuing her art career at Minerva Academy, she began doing commissions, as well as selling autonomous work.

In 2013 she was awarded the Coba de Groot Stipend for most promising upcoming Frisian artist.

After the exploration of the conceptual side of art, which is inherent to contemporary Dutch art academies, Irene felt the need to advance her technical skill which led her to do an intensive course in early 2014 at the Florence Academy of Art.

Her work became part of the Drents Museum collection in 2014 and that same year, at age 23, she had her first solo show.

Irene Veltman
born 1991 in Harlingen, The Netherlands
Intensive Course, Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
BFA, Minerva Academy, Groningen, NL
Lives and works in the Netherlands


Shows & Collections


  • Drents Museum, Assen (NL)
  • Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam (NL)
  • Hanze Hogeschool, Groningen (NL)


  • 2013 Coba de Groot Stipendium

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015 Cultuur op de campus, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen (NL)
  • 2014 Museum Martena, Franeker (NL)

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2023 Kunst aan de Vaart – Assen
  • 2023 Miniaturen – Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2022 Realisten 2022 – Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2022 Magnifieke Miniaturen – Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2021 Realisten 2021, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2021 Magnifieke Minaturen, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2020 Realisten 2020, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2020 Magnifieke Minaturen, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2019 Realisten 2019, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2019 Klein, Kleiner, Kleinst, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2018 Pieter Pander, René Tweehuysen & Irene Veltman, De Fabriek, Ried
  • 2018 Realisten 2018, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2018 Art Noord, Kunstruimte Wagemans – Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen
  • 2018 De Vrouwelijke Toets, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2017 Art Noord, Kunstruimte Wagemans – Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen
  • 2017 Realisten 2017, Museum Møhlmann, Appingedam
  • 2016 Keik, Grote Kerk, Harlingen
  • 2015 Open Stal, Oldeberkoop
  • 2015 Art Breda, Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
  • 2015 Wintertentoonstelling, Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
  • 2014 Daar komen de Putter!, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse
  • 2013 Ongekend Jong Talent, Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam


‘It’s an addiction to development. I’m constantly curious about what might come next. In that regard, I am my motivation.’