Nanne Jan Balyon
Born in the city of
The Hague, The Netherlands on May 13th1960, Nanne is part of
a very artistic and creative family, and has been drawing and painting
from very early childhood. At the age of sixteen, encouraged to become
a professional painter, he started taking painting lessons from his
older brother André. Their younger brother Simon is also a professional
Nanne Balyon is one of the most motivating artists currently working in
the Netherlands. Continuously looking for new ways of image making,
fascinated with canvas structures and different ways to transform Nature
on a two-dimensional surface.
His work will conjure up a broad range of sensations to the viewer,
consequently increasing and expanding his collection of Artwork which
can be found in many prominent collections and homes around the world.
Trough his use of color and space Nanne achieves an extraordinary degree
of expressiveness and by following the examples of Rembrandt van Rijn
and Diego Velasquez he creates ethereal works which captures and
stimulates the imagination.
Through his work, Nanne Balyon explores ways of communicating as to how
it feels to be vivacious and alive, using relationship between colors
and forms in order to evoke an emotional response. Nanne’s paintings all
have figurative starting points, mostly from his experiences and the
imagery collected from traveling abroad. They are gradually abstracted
through a process of implementation and his emotional response and
Recently, Nanne is in the process of making a series of artworks created
and inspired by his recent exhibition in, and visit to the city of
His recent paintings
are showing Chinese people crossing the streets in Guangzhou. The
‘modern’ backgrounds are visualizing the vastly changing times in China,
in which a great number of (older) people are walking around as in
shock, while the younger generation seems to be in approval of the
'rapidly' changing of times.
Nanne Balyon’s work is clearly influenced by impressionism in the