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Artist Works

  • Image of SD Gather Flowers Constantly

    Siene de Vries

    SD Gather Flowers Constantly

  • Image of SD She can take the Dark out of the Night Time

    Siene de Vries

    SD She can take the Dark out of the Night Time

Artist Biography



Born in the Netherlands in 1956, New Zealand based artist Siene de Vries studied painting and sculpture at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Academie Minerva, in Groningen from 1976 till 1981. After leaving art school, Siene established a career in Holland as a painter of portraits, still life and landscapes, exhibiting in a number of solo and group shows in the Netherlands, as well as Germany and Switzerland. During this time he was also involved in teaching, both privately and at art institutions, and was instrumental in organising several local arts festivals.

In 1988, Siene, along with his wife, printmaker Saskia van Voorn, and their two young sons, made the move to New Zealand where they settled on a small farm in Banks Peninsula?s beautiful Le Bons Bay. Siene and Saskia have lived and worked on this property for thirty years, where their rural lifestyle and surrounding environment has become an important feature of both their practices.

Sienes work is largely figurative, although some abstract tendencies emerge from time to time. His practice continues to be characterised by an interest in the realist tradition, embracing subjects such as landscape, still life, portraiture and the nude. Siene paints mainly in oils using broad brush strokes, which are often augmented by finer, more detailed areas of work when necessary. His sculpture tends toward the gestural, where evidence of the modeling process remains in the cast bronze. In recent years his bronze sculptures have dealt with themes relating to the human condition in a socio-political context.

Siene’s work is held in collections around the world, and he regularly exhibits in both New Zealand and the Netherlands.


Artist Exhibitions

  • 15th Sep 2020 - 3rd Oct 2020: Siene de Vries, Sam Walker, Padraic Ryan,

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  • 11th Dec 2018 - 22nd Dec 2018: CHRISTMAS 18

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  • 18th Sep 2018 - 6th Oct 2018: Siene de Vries – Paintings from the Wildside & Elizabeth Moyle – Navigating Horizons

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