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Nicky Zwaan


Nicky was born 1971 in Toma, Burkina Faso, West Africa. As a child, she moved a lot. At age 18, she went to University. During her studies in Cultural Anthropology and Literature, Nicky was a dancer, cook, making photos, drawings, always busy designing everything.

Around her where ever she worked, from the lights, the set designs, the interior, menu card, posters, clothes…Nicky decided to concentrate her energy and go to the Rietveld Academy, the art academy of Amsterdam. Since graduating in 2000, she is working full time as a visual artist. Projects involving light and movement in various ways. She is a teacher at the Rietveld Academie. She and her husband have designed their own energy sustainable house, which they are building now.


Updated February 2009