Guido van der Werve, Artist in distribution, Netherlands, 1977
Guido van der Werve (1977, Papendrecht, the Netherlands) was raised as a classical pianist, and amongst others studied piano at the Rotterdam Conservatory and Archeology and Russian at the University of Amsterdam, before being accepted at the the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy as a painter.
Changing painting for performance art was an early decision at the academy. But unwilling to perform live, van der Werve started to registrate his performances. In developing these registrations van der Werve started to get more interested in film and the language of cinematography. In his first ever 3 min 35-mm film, 'Nummer twee, just because I’m standing here doesn’t mean I want to', van der Werve mixed performance with narrative. After this he made a number films, all having numbers as titles. Key elements in these films are still the performance, but van der Werve has added music, text and atmospheric scenes as returning elements. Staying true to the basics of performances, van der Werve works with long shots (as if they were registrations) and refuses to work with actors.
Van der Werve’s work has been exhibited widely both in the art and the film world and won numerous prizes. Guido van der Werve has taught audiovisual arts in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and in the Icelandic acedemy of fine arts in Reykjavik. From 2006- 2007 he was a resident of the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Van der Werve currently lives and works in New York.