Lisette de Zoete.
Illustrator. Artist. ArtTeacher. Writer.

Lisette’s art starts at a young age: with writing journals. She develops a fascination for words. In her journals she can express everything. Handwriting is often the first expression of an emotion on paper. This is why Lisette is inspired by handwriting.

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 an internship at Milou Hermus' and at Marte Röling's studio. These outspoken women inspire Lisette even more to develop her own style. After graduating Lisette starts her studio in Amsterdam. Since then she has worked on assignments for a variety of clients. She not only works as an illustrator but also as a visual artist and writer.

During 2010 Lisette's 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: to write the biography about The Netherlands' most famous muse: Mathilde Willink. Her book Mathilde. Muze, Mythe, Mysterie was published in 2016. The book received great reviews and was reviewed by newspaper NRC with 4 out of 5 stars.

Inspired to share her years of experience in Fine Arts, Lisette decided to undertake the parttime studies Teacher of Fine Arts and Design at the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 2021. In 2023 she graduated with a thesis on how art education can introduce students in both implicit and explicit (or a combination of both) ways to LGBTQIA+ themes and sexual- and genderdiversity and thus contribute to LGBTQIA+ acceptance and inclusion.

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Illustrative Design, School of Visual Arts, Utrecht, 2003
Bachelor of Fine Art in Education (BEd), Breitner Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, 2023

Selected Clients

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

2022 - Group exhibition MADE IN DOLLAND, ArtZaanstad, Zaandam
2021 - Group exhibition Melancholie, 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 author, biographer, columnist)
2021 - Second Edition Mathilde. Muze, Mythe, Mysterie, Lecturis
2018 - 'De kracht van de verbeelding' - Gewapend met schoonheid. Vrouwen en macht sinds de Middeleeuwen, Rijksmuseum Muiderslot
2016 - Mathilde. Muze, Mythe, Mysterie, Lecturis
2012 - 'De Zoete ontmoet…' (interviews with inspiring women), Z/Z THIS=US
2011 - Columnist for Z/Z THIS=US