Aafke Ytsma (1988) is a Dutch artist currently based in Leipzig working both at home and abroad. She frequently combines travel with art, as with the project Walk of Art (2014). A solo hike of five month from the north of the Netherlands to Nice. She captured the landscape along the way in 78 watercolours.

Ytsma's paintings and woodcuts hold the middle between snapshots and film stills of daily life. There is the hint of a story but the plot is hidden or rather open. Characters take a drive in their car, work in the garden, talk on the phone or drink a beer while camping out. The everyday world merges with imagination and influences from films, photography, comics and the history of painting. Gradually a world is constructed, populated by characters that quietly hang about or walk around.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

11 september - 1 november 2020
Group exhibition "Let's Print 3"
Museum fur Druckkunst, Leipzig (DE)
Opening friday 11th of september 17:00

8 oktober - 31 december 2020
Group exhibition "Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2020"
Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam

Solo exhibitions
2019  Melklokaal, Heerenveen, "Settings" Solo exhibition
2017  Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, Art Noord, melklokaal stand
2014  Stânfries X, Leeuwarden, “Walk of Art”

Group exhibitions
2020  Melklokaal, Heerenveen, "Immuum"
2019  Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, "Art Noord", melklokaal stand
2019  Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, Presentatie jong talent
2019  Melklokaal, Heerenveen, Group exhibition "Lust(rum), 5 jaar melklokaal!"
2018  Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, "Art Noord" melklokaal stand
2018  Melklokaal, Heerenveen, "Friese milkshake"
2018  Kunstruimte H47, Leeuwarden, "Fanzine Genius van Leeuwarden"
2017  Municipal gallery Pafos (CY), “In Search of Common Myth”
2017  Melklokaal, Heerenveen “A portrait show” 
2017  Museum Arnhem, Arnhem “In de geest van Pierre Janssen…" 
2016  Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetsterzwaag “The sitters”
2015  De Fabriek, Ried "Volledig 2.0"
2011  Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg, Zwolle
2011  Extrapool, Nijmegen, “Destillaat”

Grants & Awards
2020  Stipendium, Stichting Reisma Van den Burg
2020  Nominated, Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst
2020  Project Grant Artist, Mondriaan Fonds
2019  Jury prize Art Noord, Museum Belvédère
2019  Talentontwikkeling Gemeente Leeuwarden, work grant
2014  Coba de Groot, partial grant for the exhibition "Walk of Art"

2018  Cultural capital of Europe 2018, Leeuwarden, "Fanzine Genius van Leeuwarden"
2017  Cultural capital of Europe 2017, Pafos (CY), “In Search of Common Myth”

2014  Walk of Art, Catalogue, ISBN 978 9491276248

2007-2011 ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten, Zwolle, the Netherlands