Biography of Martin Sijbesma
It was in the year 1968 that I was born in a place called Hartwerd in
the province of Friesland (Fryslan) in the Netherlands.
My school career started at the local primary school followed by a
training in the trade of professional painting at the Bosward Technical
College. Following that, my further training was mostly self-taught in
Realism of the 17th and 18th century
The choice to change to art in the form of paintings happened in the
year 1986, it was realism of the 17th and 18th century that fascinated
me most of all. The character of my work is warm, romantic and is of a
quitted quality through the means of colour and composition. My
speciality is still life, often with antic objects, vegetables or fruit.
I am also fond of painting details of interiors found in old buildings
as well as little children’s shoes. My paintings are exclusively
composed in the so called glace-technique (layer upon layer) upon a
In the year 1989 I moved to the rustic village of Kubaard and have
my residence in a small and quaint, formerly Dutch Reformed Church, with
the studio situated high up in the building.