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.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh

'My tribe I', ca. 2000,
Ceramics and gold leaf, height 33 cm,
Not signed
Helen Martina (1958)

A strong, proud, black woman with an elegant golden headdress. It could be her, this artist, born in Suriname, but a year after her birth moved to Curaçao.

As a young girl Helen Martina takes her first pottery lessons with Mrs. Van Laarschot on the Antillean island and her love of ceramics never ends. With her parents she leaves in 1978 for the Netherlands, where she studies at the Art Academy St. Joost in Breda (1978-1979) to make sculpting her profession. Her ideas, however, are not consistent with those of the teachers and disappointed she switches to the Social Academy in that city. In 1984 she returns to Curacao, where she gets three children and inter alia works at Keramiek Studio Girouette. Because of her creativity, experience and contacts, she is soon appointed as a Consultant Fine Arts at the Department of Culture, a post she fulfills twelve years, until 1997.

Her first exhibition takes place in 1993 with a series of beautiful women, praised by reviewers. Women remain for some time her favorite theme, although they change: from lascivious, round bodies into sleek, tall figures. However, her women are always clearly aware of their power and independence. In the Antilles she becomes a well-known artist.

In 1999, she moves again to the cold and rainy Netherlands. There she is no longer the highly praised daughter of the prominent politician Don Martina - her father is from 1979 to 1988 Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles - but her ambition and talent accompany her. In this new reality she finds the freedom to fully develop and reinvent her creativity and ideas.

Around the turn of the century the artist creates a series of women which she calls 'My tribe'. Every woman is different, but they all have a subtle blue-violet glow, a golden headdress and a proud look. We buy this one, that highly appeals to us, in the unfortunately already long ago vanished Gallery Artina in Lochem.

Meanwhile, Helen Martina has broadened her technique and she processes ceramics and textile into wall hangings, art forms in which the different cultures that come together in her life are reflected. They evoke associations with old 'tribal' knots. Then she picks up the theme of the underwater world, which inspires her to create fascinating, organic sculptures in the colours of the tropical sea.

The strength of Helen Martina is her authenticity, that wins on exhibitions at home and abroad admiration.