BIOGRAPHY - ROB VAN DEN BOOM
· Born in Breda, The Netherlands in 1951.
· Studied landscape architecture, tropical agriculture and public development administration.
· Has some 38 years of working experience in international development cooperation:
- 24 years with SNV/Netherlands Development Cooperation, three year periods in Zambia, Niger and Botswana, and a longer period at headquarters in The Hague;
- 14 years with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, four year working periods subsequently at: a political department, dealing with Central America, Surinam and the Caribbean; a thematic department for Environment and Water; the Netherlands embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, responsible for the bilateral development cooperation on environment, water and local governance; another two year period at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the integration of environment and climate change in development cooperation policy.
· Since 1st of July 2015 retired as a public servant, at the same time intensifying his artistic program.
About the arts:
· Various courses in the 1990-2008 period at the Volksuniversiteit/Voorschoten, Volksuniversiteit/Voorburg and Ars Aemula/Leiden;
· During the 2008-2012 period, master classes with the well-known Bolivian artist Alberto Medina Mendieta, and participation in a drawing group with Bolivian artists;
· Presently courses on oil painting.
- 1990-2008 Participation in various group exhibitions at the Volksuniversiteit/Voorschoten, Volksuniversiteit/Voorburg and Ars Aemula/Leiden
- 2010 Solo exhibition at the gallery of the Ministry for Culture in La Paz, Bolivia
- 2012 Exhibition with the Bolivian artist Ivan Castellon at a private gallery in La Paz, Bolivia
- 2014 Solo exhibition at the occasion of the Leiden ‘Art Route 2014’
- 2015 Solo exhibition at the Graphic Centre LIFO, Leiden (January-February)
- 2015 Solo exhibition at BplusC, Course Center, Leiden (March-April)
- 2015 Solo exhibition at RAP100, Center of the Ecumenical Student Ekklesia, Leiden (June-July)
- 2015 Participation in the collective exhibition "Schetsen uit de map", SIDAC, Leiden (July)
- 2015 Solo exhibition at the occasion of the Leiden 'Art Route 2015' (end of September)
- 2016 Solo exhibition at the occasion of the Leiden 'Art Route 2016' (end of September)
- 2017 Participation in a group exhibition at the Covent Garden EU Building (DG Research and Innovation), Brussels (March)
- 2017 Participation in a group exhibition at ARS, Leiden, the students exhibition (April)
- 2017 Solo exhibition at the occasion of the Leiden ‘Art Route 2017’ (23-24/09/2017)
- 2017 Participation in the 'Leidse Stijl' group exhibition at the Lokhorst church, Leiden (23-24/09/2017)
- 2018 Participation in the exhibition 'Kunst is Masker van de Werkelijkheid', Leiden (24-25/02/2018)
- 2018 Participation in a group exhibition at ARS, Leiden, the students exhibition (April)
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