'See your own imagination plenty at work? Fix your eyes regularly on one point in the artwork and see wat happens.'
'It is the art to be in touch with the unknown, the unnamable, the mystery of our existence.'
'Never underestimate the art of yawning!' (This is a bit of a deviation from this artist. He yawns at least once a day seven times one after the other. Then he has all energy for the evening again.)
Niek van der Valk was born in The Netherlands close to the Amsterdam Forest.
In his younger years he frequented the Stedelijk Museum in A'dam. It turned out to be crucial years for his development.
Last education: pedagogic academy, Amsterdam, not finished.
Once, at an exhibition, a woman came to him and said: 'You are looking around like a bird looking for prey'. And he responded: 'May I introduce myself, the name is van der Valk (means Falcon). Can I eat you?'
Israel Gallery Linka and Gallery Cricri, Amsterdam
The Forbidden City, golden medal Olympic Fine Arts, Beijing
Lived near the River IJssel for a while.
Now in the neighbourhood of Gieten, on the Hunebed Highway N34.
This site is in honour of his mother Anna Clazina.
A brother of him, Dirk, is pianist (with absolute sense of hearing) and a master of improvisation.
Niek van der Valk lived long in the vicinity of the River Amstel where Rembrandt van Rijn lived.
It is good that he never knew Niek might be a relative of him, otherwise he would have gone on holiday immediately!