After the 9-11 attacks, Herman van Bergen (Netherlands, 1953) searched for a material to express his feelings about the violent side of mankind. The thorns of the acacia tortuosa turned out to be perfect as they appear to house an extraordinary spirit - a soul of pain, torture and regret. By illuminating his structures from within, he also pays a tribute to the bright side of life - the freedom of thought and the possibility to create. This philosophy is also present in his brightly colored paintings. He is currently creating a Cathedral of Thorns, an Indian-shaped labyrinth of 20 x 20 square meters and a height of 7 meters consisting of thorns walls that are illuminated from within. In the center, colleagues can exhibit works of art. Van Bergen studied art and anthropology in the Netherlands, but has worked and lived in Curaçao since 1989. His sculptures and paintings were exhibited in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and several US States such as Florida, New York and Michigan.
Herman's ArtPrize Entries
These are Herman's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.