Lisette de Zoete
Artist. Illustrator. Writer. 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. While studying at the School of Visual Arts, she arranges internships at both artist Marte Röling and artist Milou Hermus’ studios. These outspoken women inspire 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

Selected Clients

LOODS5, NOPPIES, vtwonen, uitgeverij Lecturis, Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam, Jaz Hotel Amsterdam, TEMPUR, Les Interieurs Australia, Musterzimmer Berlin, Sichtbar Hamburg, V2 Records, ABP Wereld, LISmagazine, Bont voor Dieren, Tommy Hilfiger, ZIZ This is Us, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers B.V., The House of Books, Uitgeverij Prometheus, RAILS Magazine, UVA - Folia, Het Uitgeefhuis, LSLTN, EYE Filmmuseum, Gay Krant, Sanoma Uitgevers, Libelle, Viva, Stichting Natuur & Milieu

Mathilde. Muze, Mythe, Mysterie, Lisette de Zoete, Lecturis, 2016.

Flora und Fauna Ausstellung, Sichtbar, Hamburg, 2015
'WINTER COLLAGE', Musterzimmer, Berlin, 2014
Solo Exhibition ‘NOW’, Studio LOCOMOCO, Haarlem, 2013
Manuela Klerkx' 'KlerkX-MasShow', Gallery Metis, Amsterdam, 2012
'Art Pride Amsterdam', Go Gallery, Amsterdam, 2011
Solo Exhibition ‘On the Way to Golden Freedom’, Sichtbar, Hamburg, 2010
Solo Exhibition ‘Freezing Frames’, Bibliotheek Velsen, IJmuiden, 2009
'Retrospective Romy Schneider', Filmmuseum Amsterdam, 2007
BLEND Guerilla Stores, 2006
'PopUp NOTS', Mobile Gallery, 2005
Graduation Exhibition School of Visual Arts, Jaarbeurshal Utrecht, 2003
‘Het Nederlandse Landschap’, Galerie Art Options, Wijk bij Duurstede, 2002
Oosterkerk, Amsterdam 1999
Nominated ‘Beekwilder Young Display Talent’, Beekwilder, Amsterdam 1999

'The C':

'What can be more human? What can be more intimate? Maybe, a confession. Lisette de Zoete's painting ‘My Goodbye’ is a confession. The most striking and emotional. This tiny little painting, comprised of a poem, a picture and a key carries her whole palette of feelings, from the bravest to the frailest. You have to relate, you have been there, whether accepting your nature or embracing the power of your weaknesses.'

Nina Hagen:
'It's GREAT Art which needs no spoken praises or critics. It's YOUR ART, may the whole Universe see it's beauty!! Visualize it! Don't minimize it! Maximize and Multiply it! Live and die 4 it! It's all you! Victory to you!! Victory to the Universe!'

Geert Setola:
'Lisette is above all a true artist and a very special illustrator with a tremendous drive. She knows how to combine her incisive vision with a great visual generosity. She is absolutely one of the nicest persons in the "trade".'