Lisette de Zoete
Author of the biography about Mathilde Willink.
Lisette’s art starts at a very young age: with writing journals. Here she develops a fascination for words. In her journals she can express everything. Handwriting is often the first expression of an emotion. This is why Lisette is inspired by handwriting. Her love for the handwritten word is born.
This love for the written word combined with visuals is the reason why Lisette decides to study Illustrative Design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (HKU) in Utrecht. While studying she arranges an internship at Milou Hermus' and at Marte Röling's studio. These outspoken women inspired Lisette even more to develop her own style.
In 2003 Lisette graduates with a BFA in Illustrative Design. In 2004 she starts her studio in Amsterdam. Her illustrations in which she combines photography and handwriting are quickly picked up by RAILS Magazine and the next 4 years her portraits are published in every issue.
From decorating every page in the Libelle Christmas issue with her handwriting, to illustrating articles about pension funds for ABP World, to interviewing and writing, to creating all the artwork for a CD, nothing is impossible as long as it’s pure.
During 2010 Lisette's poetic columns were published in This is Us Magazine. In 2011 her interview with Simone Walraven was published in the same magazine, the first of a series of interviews with inspiring women. This series inspired Lisette to live up to a dream, which had been lingering in her mind for more than 10 years: to write and design a biography about The Netherlands' most famous muse: Mathilde Willink. Since 2013 Lisette has been working to make this dream a reality. Her 400 page book Mathilde. Muze, Mythe, Mysterie was published in December 2016 by Lecturis.
Lisette works for a diversity of clients worldwide, including publishers, magazines and musicians. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Graduated with a BFA in Illustrative Design, School of Visual Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2003
Upstairs Traprenovatie, LOODS 5, NOPPIES, vtwonen, Uitgeverij Lecturis, Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam, Jaz Hotel Amsterdam, TEMPUR, Les Interieurs Australia, V2 Records, ABP Wereld, Bont voor Dieren, Tommy Hilfiger, ZIZ This is Us Magazine, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers B.V., The House of Books, Uitgeverij Prometheus, RAILS Magazine, EYE Filmmuseum, Gay Krant, Libelle, Viva, Stichting Natuur & Milieu
2015 - 'Flora und Fauna Ausstellung', Sichtbar, Hamburg
2014 - 'WINTER COLLAGE', Musterzimmer, Berlin
2013 - Solo Exhibition ‘NOW’, Studio LOCOMOCO, Haarlem
2012 - Manuela Klerkx' 'KlerkX-MasShow', Gallery Metis, Amsterdam
2011 - 'Art Pride Amsterdam', Go Gallery, Amsterdam
2010 - Solo Exhibition ‘On the Way to Golden Freedom’, Sichtbar, Hamburg
2009 - Solo Exhibition ‘Freezing Frames’, Bibliotheek Velsen, IJmuiden
2007 - 'Retrospective Romy Schneider', Filmmuseum Amsterdam
2006 - BLEND Guerilla Stores
2005 - 'PopUp NOTS', Mobile Gallery
2003 - Graduation Exhibition School of Visual Arts, Jaarbeurshal Utrecht
2002 - ‘Het Nederlandse Landschap’, Galerie Art Options, Wijk bij Duurstede
1999 - Oosterkerk, Amsterdam
1999 - Nominated ‘Beekwilder Young Display Talent’, Beekwilder, Amsterdam
Publications (author, biographer, columnist)
2018 - 'De kracht van de verbeelding' - Gewapend met schoonheid. Vrouwen en macht sinds de Middeleeuwen_, Rijksmuseum Muiderslot (author)
2016 - Mathilde. Muze, Mythe, Mysterie, Lecturis (author, biographer, designer)
2012 - 'De Zoete ontmoet…' (interviews with inspiring women), Z/Z THIS=US (author)
2011 - Columnist for Z/Z THIS=US (author)