Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

73. Joseph Mous
74. Jacques Mels
75. P.N. van de Wall Perné
76. Liesbeth Rahder
77. Willy Sluiter
78. Fred Sieger
79. Ciano Siewert
80. Harrie Lenferink
81. F.A van Oostveen
82. Willy Fleur
83. Anton Heyboer
84. Bart de Graaf

'Scenic view with country house and stork’s nest', 1970
Watercolour, 52 x 72 cm,
Signed: lower right 'ciano siewert 70'
Ciano Siewert (1942)

Cynics who believe that contemporary art is mainly air, are almost right as this watercolour consists of more than 80% air. That is typical of the artist. His low horizons are the main focus of his landscapes, which thus seem infinitely wide. Although houses and church are rich in detail, it is difficult to locate them. One of our friends thinks he recognizes the castle Biljoen in Velp (Gelderland). Clever, because the artist don't always display reality faithfully: "I deviate in almost any work in a number of points from visible reality. I make my own arrangement and perfect the composition after my own insights. So there should finally arise an exciting, compelling picture", the painter says in the book 'Ciano Siewert, an overview' from 2000.

Feliciano (Ciano) Siewert, born in Rotterdam, was named after a French half-brother of his mother. His youth is bleak: poverty characterizes the war, in 1944 he gets tuberculosis and a year later his father dies. Already at a young age he follows drawing classes and at only 16 years he is admitted to the Rotterdam Art Academy. However, he prefers to work in nature and goes hitchhiking through Europe, everywhere sketching and watercolouring. At eighteen he emigrates with his new wife, whom he has married in Gretna Green, to Australia and follows lessons at the Academy of Sydney. Because of disappointments he returns already after seven months to Rotterdam, where he earns a living through drawing and watercolouring. Companies and government agencies show interest in his work, such as Hoogovens, KLM, ING, Texaco and the Rotterdam Municipality Archive.

Impulsively he travels to the Cape Verde Islands and returns after four months. With a new American girlfriend he travels through Europe and follows her to the United States, where he carries out assignments through the distinguished art dealer Far Gallery on Madison Avenue for the Lublin Company and The Bank Street Atelier Ltd. After two years he comes back to the Netherlands.

You can certainly call him a successful artist: he exhibits frequently, sells well and gets all kinds of orders for posters and a series of calendars. The arrival of a new wife makes him move to Utrecht in 1998, where he still lives and works.

Also view: www.cianosiewert.nl