about eva

Evan van Dam, born in the Netherlands, studied art and history of art to get an M.A at the Academy of Arnhem. Already during her study at the Academy she clearly excelled in the mastery of various painting techniques.
Her fascination with the Far East dates from the time when she left Holland in 1970 to travel overland to Nepal, by way of Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Arriving in Nepal in september 1970, to stay there for six consecutive years studying buddhism and Tibetan buddhist iconography. In 1974 she was invited by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche to work in a monastic setting and under the guidance of renowned Tibetan master-artists, on a series of twelve huge scroll-paintings, depicting the life of the historical Buddha.

Since then her painting technique developed in a way where eastern spirituality and dutch realism take turns in precedence. For inspiration and work travels to: Tibet (1987) Bhutan (1992) Japan (1994) as well as U.S.A. (1980,'83,'90,'99) and regular visits to Italy.

Documentary 'Born to Serve' (59.32 min.)
This movie is about the unique occasion of the enthronement of Tulku Urgyen rinpoche's reincarnation in 2008. With Eva van Dam filmed in Nepal and at work in her studio in Amsterdam.



French Vogue dec./jan. 1993: "Autour du Tibet",
Rijksmuseum magazine, Amsterdam, 1995: "Old and new", and various catalogues.

Contributed with illustrations to:

"Sky Dancer" by Keith Dowman,
"Liberation in the palm of your hand" by Pabonka,
"Life of Gampopa" Mc Kenzie Stewart,
"The biography of geshe Rabten."
"Women of wisdom", by Tsultrim Allione. (cover art)
"Kuensel", National Newspaper of Bhutan, weekly sequel of 'Life of Milarepa'.

Commissions: (a selection)

University of Amsterdam: portrait of professor dr. F.B. Lammes, City of Utrecht,
Netherlands: Historical paintings " Union of Utrecht" ,
City-castle Oudaen: "The siege of Vredenburgh castle".

A selection of solo and group exhibits:
2014 'The magic life of Milarepa' solo exhibition at the occasion of Festival of Buddhist film, art and philosophy. Alliance Fran├žaise, New Delhi, India
2000 Stadtmuseum Jena, Germany
1999 Stupa Project, Boulder, U.S.A.
1998 World Artists for Tibet, Donkersloot gallery, Amsterdam,
'Hollandische Welle', Berlin
1998 Mewa Kunstpreis, Wiesbaden
1997 Chinese Whisper" Artfair RAI, Amsterdam
1995 Rembrandt City Scape Project, Amsterdam
1994 Holland Village Project, Nagasaki, Japan
1992 Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
1983 Grand palais, Paris
1989 Image gallery, Amsterdam