Inside the Studio: Nisja Nisja (The Netherlands)


Nisja1Nisja Nisja

Nisja at work2Nisja working on a painting.

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I paint urban landscapes: impressions, fragments, and memories from cities where I have lived or that I have visited or imagined. I’m particularly fascinated by places that are lonesome, sort of abandoned, industrial, and melancholic. I love metropolitan atmospheres and their hidden poetry. Somehow it comes naturally to me to paint them without people, but with the obvious traces of human activity.

Nisja palette1Nisja’s palette. 


Nisja tools of the trade2 Tools of the trade. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Very simple, but so helpful: kill your darlings, given by my professor at the Art Academy.

Nisja3Nisja inside her airy studio. 

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
That depends, sometimes with music, sometimes I need silence to think.

exhibition Amsterdam 2008 1Outside the exhibition, Street | Spirit in Amsterdam, 2012.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Very hard choice, maybe The Large Glass by Marcel Duchamp.

exhibition Street-Spirit Amsterdam 2012 1Collective artwork created with Marcel Ozymantra for the exhibition Street | Spirit in Amsterdam, 2012.

exhibition Street-Spirit Amsterdam 2012 2Collective artwork created with Marcel Ozymantra for the exhibition Street | Spirit in Amsterdam, 2012.

Who are your favorite writers?
Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar  Paul Auster, John Fante, Charles Bukowski, Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, Heinrich Böll, John Irving, and all of science-fiction.

exhibition Street-Spirit Amsterdam 2012 3-1Collective artwork created with Marcel Ozymantra for the exhibition Street | Spirit in Amsterdam, 2012. 

urban landscape 130“Urban Landscape 130” 

landscape 56 (cactus)“Landscape 56 (cactus)”  

urban landscape 118“Urban Landscape 118” 

urban landscape 104“Urban Landscape 104” 

urban landscape p“Urban Landscape P”


  1. John Neyland says:

    I enjoyed reading your feature profile here on Saatchiart. If I was asked which was my favorites from what is shown in the article I would say “Landscape 56 (Cactus)” and “Urban Landscape P” are my favorites. Really cool and nice work! I have been to Amsterdam 2 times in the past an really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your work and comments. John Neyland.

  2. Jim Harris says:

    I really enjoy your work.

  3. Trixie Pitts says:

    I love you work and in particular Landscape 56 (cactus)!
    Best, Trixie

  4. SIMON B says:

    Brilliant work. Urban Landscape P especially . Do you sell prints of your works – i would love to be able to look at one every day.

  5. Hi Nisja,
    Your paintings are nice and lovely. I,m glad you understand colors as a real artist.
    I,m an Iranain abstract artist and trying get visa to London for making studio.
    Also you can visit my profile :
    cincerely : M. Modiri

  6. Jou werk is interessant, de compositie en ook de kleuren, fijn om je werk te zien !
    Ik woon al lang in Zweden en werk met fotografie maar het liefst met schilderen.
    hartelijke groeten van mij;

  7. Kiff van Brueklen says:

    The colour and shapes are so pleasing. Do you sell prints?

  8. Nice works!! like the “Landscape 56 (cactus)” and more!!


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