Lisette de Zoete.
Illustrator. Visual Artist. Writer.

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, most honest expression of an emotion on paper. 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. Since then she has worked on many assignments and projects for a variety of clients. She not only works as an illustrator but also as an artist, photographer and writer. She illustrates in the broadest sense of the word, from books and magazines to murals; CD/LP artwork; to prints for kids fashion brands.

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 called 'De Zoete ontmoet...' (De Zoete meets...') 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 2016 by Lecturis. The book received great reviews in Dutch press and was reviewed by newspaper NRC with 4 out of 5 stars. The first edition is sold out.

Lisette works as illustrator, visual artist and writer for a diversity of clients worldwide. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Graduated with a BFA in Illustrative Design, School of Visual Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2003

Selected Clients

Loods 5, Uitgeverij Lecturis, Noppies Fashion, vtwonen, Les Interieurs Australia, Rijksmuseum Muiderslot, Steigenberger Hotel Amsterdam, Jaz Hotel Amsterdam, UpstairsTraprenovatie, TEMPUR, Musterzimmer Berlin, Sichtbar Hamburg, Nina Hagen, V2 Records, ABP Wereld, LIS magazine, Bont voor Dieren, Tommy Hilfiger, ZIZ This is Us, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers B.V., The House of Books, Uitgeverij Prometheus, RAILS, UVA Folia, Het Uitgeefhuis, EYE Filmmuseum, GayKrant, Zij aan Zij, Libelle, Viva, Stichting Natuur & Milieu, Nationale Jeugdraad, MTV

2021 - Group exhibition (with Cosma Shiva Hagen), Galerie John Holger, Dresden
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 - MTV/NOTS PopUp, 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 (as an 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)