vanessa willemse

Vanessa Willemse grew up in an old artists’ village named Laren, in the Netherlands.

From an early age, Vanessa was inspired to freely express her personal sentiments and thoughts through the prism of art.

She then decided to move to Amsterdam, which became the city of her heart. In such an open cultural environment, she continued exploring new forms of artistic expression such as acting, singing and painting whilst pursuing a career as a communication trainer and role-play actress. All this has been driven by her interest in people and their behaviour and energy.

Having travelled to Switzerland for several years, and being influenced by the scenery and ancient art and crafts of this country, Vanessa has developed her passion for sculpting. In 2013, she chose to follow her heart and to fulfil her dream to focus on an artistic career.

Vanessa’s work is distinctive for its contemporary interpretation of proud and strong figures, mostly women. Their characters are a combination of figurative and abstraction, expressing a tangible energy and soul.

All her sculptures are made out of clay and most of them have been cast in high quality bronze with a patina in exclusive colours.

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Took her out Moments of Life Precious Themes

‘ Took her out ’

My wish is to reach people with the encouraging energy of my sculptures, to help people think ‘out of the box’.

So I personified my sculptures, by travelling with them and taking them out for a walk in the place where I was, sending a message inspired by the place, the day, the trip and my mood.

‘Twisted Sister’

Took her out to the Highline in Manhattan - my first picture of this project, on top of the world

‘La Sirène’

Took her out to Lac Léman - embracing water colours, welcoming her home

‘Le roi qui rêve’ et ‘La femme de ses rêves’

And always watching over her ❤ at Praia do Garrão - her magic beach

‘La femme chaude’

Took her out to La Cité in Lausanne - warmed up by the end of the summer

‘For the love of Giacometti’

Took her out to the Reguliersgracht in Amsterdam - the street of my grandmother's youth


Took her out to Parc Montbenon in Lausanne - sculpture inspired and named after my belated grandmother 'Nanny'

‘sweet September’

Took her out inside - change of seasons - autumn into winter - time flies - sweet memories - it is getting too cold for her


Took her out to Parc Montbenon in Lausanne - Egyptian goddess - mother of the goddesses - personifying the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood

‘La nouvelle dame est née’

Took her out to the Vondelpark in Amsterdam - the most lovely park in one of my most favorite cities

‘Missing Vava’

Took her out to Verbier - symbol of love and life

‘Dame Blanche’

Took her out in the cold - first snow flakes - winter is coming - end of the year - melancholic jour blanc

‘Swiss Angel’

Took her out to Place de la Palud in Lausanne - guardian angel watching over our shoulder ✨ - wishing you a merry Christmas with your beloved ones


Took her out to Seebad Utoquai in Zürich on a hot Summer day - bright light - seizing the day
Took her out Moments of Life Precious Themes

‘ Moments of Life ’

This project is born out of some of my convictions, as everything is possible if you believe in it, to have the courage to be authentic, in everything there is captured a message, there are no boundaries in creativity, everybody has a right at their own perspective, there are always more ways to see the same, fantasy and dreaming is the free child in me and makes life magic.

‘La Colombine’

Wishing you a beautiful new year in every sense and that all your dreams come true


Moving forward, winter is reaching its end and lighter days are coming

‘La Baronesse’

True blue friendships and emotional values


Symbolizing the beauty of scars of life

‘La Ballerina’

Sleep well my dear Oomi 🌹 RIP - with all my love - keep on dancing in your dreams - as a tribute to all special grandmothers


Partir c’est mourir un peu - when one door closes, another door opens

‘Madame Montbenon’

Good farewell Montbenon, you are our true lady

‘Madame Voisine’

Inspired by my dear neighbour and wonderful lady 💗

‘La Duchesse’

Wandering down golden memory lane - with the brightest yellows and blues of the sun and the sky

‘Lady Autumn’

“and all at once, summer collapsed into fall” Oscar Wilde

‘La Baronesse, La Princesse et La Duchesse’

Ladies Night

‘Waiting Vava’

Symbol of new beginnings, prosperity and love
Took her out Moments of Life Precious Themes

‘ Precious Themes ’

With this series I am inspired by some of life’s essential themes such as family, friendships and relationships that are all precious and unique to each of us. In the circle of life, like in nature, change is inevitable – and we have our own ways to cope with our realities of life in whatever form they appear.


Memories and dreams - one of the series ‘Friendship’


In self-reflections - one of the series ‘Self’

‘L'homme qui y pense’

Observations and interpretations - there are more ways to look at the same - one of the series ‘Self’


‘Free to dance’ - ‘symbol of transformation and finding lightness of being’ - ode to an impressive woman who was my late grandmother - one of the series ‘Family’


Only intuition - and all about giving and sensitivity - purity in friendships and love - passion and determination - about peace and harmony - ‘symbol of an enlightened guide’


About balance - the harmonious interaction of feminin and masculin energy - ‘Yin and Yang’

Biennale d’Arte di Venezia
by Artbox Projects

Sculpture ‘From Shanghai, With Love’ will be exhibited from May 1st, 2022 until July 29th, 2022

Tana Art Space
Fondamenta de la Tana 2109A
30122, Venezia

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La Grange

Sculpture ‘Circle of Life’ will be exhibited from February 26th, 2022 until April 21st, 2022

Route de Verbier Station 70
1936 Verbier

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Beau-Rivage Palace 2021

This exhibition has taken place at the VIP - cocktail, invited by VSC, in honour to Anne-Sophie Mutter’s venue, on December 15th, 2021

in the Salle Rotonde of Beau-Rivage Palace
Chemin de Beau-Rivage 21
1006 Lausanne

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Vernissage chez mes Amis - Pilar & Derk Albada Jelgersma

2021, Verbier

IN-HOUSE private exhibition

2021, Verbier

Vie Montagne 2020/2021

The seasonal exhibition will take place from December 19th, 2020 until April 25th, 2021

in the clubroom of Vie Montagne
Rue de Médran 15
1936 Verbier

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In order to respect your safety and adhere with COVID guidelines, it is my pleasure to organize a personal presentation of my sculptures.

Please contact Vie Montagne and they will plan a time-slot for you !

phone: +41 27 565 9160

Hotel W VERBIER 2019/2020

The exhibition will take place from December 10, 2019 until April 26, 2020

► Because of a successful cooperation, and anticipating to the current global situation, this exhibition will be extended until Spring, 2021 !

in the lounge of Hotel W Verbier
Rue de Médran 70
1936 Verbier

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Looking forward to see you this ski-season !

SWISS ART EXPO - The Art Festival

The exhibition will take place at the SBB Eventhall Zürich Main Station from August 15, 2019 to August 19, 2019

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Several sculptures of mine will be shown by the Artbox Gallery in the VIP-lounge of Hauser Living

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Looking forward to welcome you there !

ART APERO in Verbier on Saturday March 30th, 2019, from 17.30 - 20.00 hrs

The solo-exhibition will take place at the W Hotel, Rue de Médran 70, 1936, Verbier

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Looking forward to see you there !

Solo - exhibition "Souls" in Zürich from September 1, 2018 to October 1, 2018

The exhibition will take place at the Artbox Gallery, Giessereistrasse 1, 8005, Zürich

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Looking forward to see you there !

The sculpture « Waiting for a Sign » has won the first prize at Artbox.project 1.0 NewYork

The first prize was chosen by the public audience, and the ten finalists were chosen by a professional jury

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Artbox.project New York 1.0, New York, USA

The sculpture named « Waiting for a Sign » has been chosen as one among the 10 finalists for the Artbox.project New York 1.0

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The exhibition will take place at the Stricoff Gallery, 564 W. 25th street, New York from March 5, 2018 to March 17, 2018

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Looking forward to see you there !

- January 3, 2018

Lunch exhibition organised by the company Wealth Management Partners Switzerland (WMPS) in restaurant Le Rouge, Verbier, Switzerland
Exhibition December 22, 2017 - April 22, 2018 - Restaurant Vie Montagne - Verbier, Switzerland

Thanks to the hospitality of Mr. Tom Etridge and his team !

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When you are in Verbier, we are happy to welcome you !

Art Basel - June 14 - 18, 2017

Artbox.project Basel 1.0, Basel, Switzerland

Exhibition September 2014 - February 2015 - Restaurant De Doelen - Muiden, Netherlands

Thanks to the hospitality of the owner Mr. Reinier Verwey !

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