I was born in october, the 9th , 1940 in Heerlen, the Netherlands.                                                When I was 16 years old, I went to the Art Academy in Maastricht.

The sixties

Four years later I received a scholarship from the Belgian Government, to study at the,Belgian National Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp, where I had my own atelier and model.                        In that time  I had my first exposition. With the earned money I bought a Vespa Scooter and drove to several picturesque places in the neighbourhood, especially the Harbour of Antwerp.  It was there , I met a ship-owner, who delivered me many commissions, in the shape of portrets  of many people. Unfortunately, the ship-owner died and I left Antwerp and went to Paris, where I stayed a couple of months. On Place de Tetre I painted portrets from the early morning till midnight, so I could buy a house in Bergen, Holland, afterwards,where I lived with my first wife, Hannah.  In this  time I made a lot of paintings, which I sold In galleries and artmarkets.  Then a drama happened, Hannah died in a car-accident, leaving me behind with our 6 weeks old daughter, Hester.

The seventies

After a chaotic period I decided to return to Heerlen, where I moved into  a residence in a little castle, Kasteel Terworm and threw myself upon my work. I sold my paintings in Holland and Germany. At the end of the 70th, I met my second wife , Thea with her little daughter Susan.. Together we got a son, called Bram.

The eighties

Halfway the 80th I conceived the idea of making prints of my paintings. This caused a lot of alterations, as well in the sphere of money, as on the domain of art-fairs and exhibitions. .Regular I received an invitation from publishers to come to Art-fairs in the United States , England and Germany. I signed the limited editions on the art-stands in the Convention Center of New York and Los Angeles. While my lithographies were shown at the Expo, my original paintings were exposed in a gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly  Hills. My work became known all over the world and I held an exhibition in Nagoya, in Japan. It was a great succes. The Japanese especially like the romantic pictures, in soft colours.           

The nineties

In this period I was approached by an owner of a gallery in the Stokstraat of Maastricht.  

Together we went through a lucrative time, holding a beautiful exhibition in Galllery Renoir, every two years. Because of a disease of the gallery-holder this  cooperation  had to be ended.


In 2003 we bought a house in Spain, Hondon de las Nieves, where the municipality asked me to expose my paintings in the Casa de Cultura of the village. It was a nice coming in.              

At the moment I work with publishers, who distribute my work all over the world, in the form of litho's and gyclee-prints. My original paintings are being sold by myself and gallery-owners.   

On You Tube you can see a little movie from me ,  called  film Willem Haenraets