Curriculum vitae


    1953

Antoon Versteegde was born on May 15 in Volkel, a village in the southern Netherlands, as the third child in a family of six children. His parents had a textile shop, flanked by their families: a contractor and a bakery. From childhood he was used to deal with different materials and techniques. Elastics were widely used in the store of his parents. At age 5 grandpa gave him a simple fishing rod of bamboo. In retrospect, this is his first memory of dealings with a bamboo pole. Yet it took until 1983 before he discovered the combination of bamboo and elastic: the art of bamboostics. Since then his way of building lightweight structures finds many fans and followers around the world.


    1978

Graduated from Royal Academy of Art ’s-Hertogenbosch,

specializing in ephemeral installations and interactions.


    1982

Study-trip trough Southern Europe and Northern Africa.


    1984

Staketsels ’84 part 1, NL-Centrum Amsterdam

Staketsels ’84 part 3, Oerol Festival Terschelling

Staketsels ’84 part 8, Willem II ’s-Hertogenbosch


    1985

Wigwamsterdam, Vondelpark Amsterdam

Le Kiosque à Musique, Nieuw Herlaer St.Michielsgestel

De Zes Windstreken, Beelden in de Delftse Hout Delft


    1986

Vechtvloot, Expo op de Vecht Hardenberg

Schansskulptuur, 13x Vorm Vlissingen

Droomkolk, Autour de Vincent Zundert


    1987

La Fugue Toute Nue, Beeld-en-Route Diepenheim

Expo Hedendaagse Kunst, Gemeentehuis Uden

Vlaggeninstallatie, Grensland Zundert


    1988

GeoGenese II, Vondelpark Amsterdam

Memoires de Mort, Stadsbeelden Emmen

Inventer 89, La Grande Halle - La Villette Paris (F)


    1989

Cérémonie des Couleurs, la célébration du Bicentenaire

de la Révolution française, Bar-le-Duc, Ibos-Tarbes,

Bruay-la-Buissière, Pau, Chamalières (F)


    1990

You can’t sit down..., Kunst en Zitwerk Slot Zeist

Floating Quartet, Gouverneurstuin Assen

Between Two Walls, KEG Beeldenroute Schijndel


    1991

Bouwkunde Bibliotheek, TUe Eindhoven

Negatieve Navigatie, Floating Islands Leiden

Tweehuis, Beeldige Kleding Odapark Venray


    1992

Biënnale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Lausanne (CH)

Monumentaal Tijdelijk Feesttuig, TUe Eindhoven

Gekooide Weemoed, Aa Kunst 92 Groningen


    1993

Bomba Organica a Orologeria, Miniartextil Como (I)

Beek-Schip-Brug-Hof, BBKK Waterbiënnale Bathmen

Binnenstebuiten, Provinciehuis ’s-Hertogenbosch


    1994

Gevleugelde Woorden in de Wind, OB Doetinchem

Mondriaanproject, Brabants Dagblad Uden

Beeldenstorm in Kloostertuin, Franciscanessen Veghel


    1995

Le Mobile à Musique, Textiel Plus Utrecht

PentAne, Kunst in het Vechtdal Ane-Gramsbergen

Zonder illusies vaart niemand wel, Odapark Venray


    1996

Ogen op Steeltjes, Galerie Ann’s Art Groningen

Big Big Bamboo, Wirework Sint Truiden (B)

Vuur onder de Wereld, Gallery Art Show Groningen


    1997

Uden Titel Odder, Odder Museum Odder (DK)

Sporen in het Vechtdal, Nordhorn (D) - Dalfsen (NL)

WaterRingen, Waterpop Festival Wateringen


    1998

Sarong Sculptuur, Buys Business Events Groningen

Quartimond, Artimond Kasteel Helmond

Poorten naar Mundial, Festival Mundial Tilburg


    1999

Brandmeester Marinus van der Lubbe, CBK Leiden

Observatorium De Vijf Windstreken, Assen

Kathedraal Bouwen, Odapark Venray


    2000

Afterwards..., European Parliament Brussels (B)

Raising the Bamboo Wheel, EBS Carwinnion (GB)

Bamboo Super Circle, EXPO 2000 Hannover (D)


    2001

Rotterdamse Kunstdagen, Rotterdam

Zonnewendehappening TNO, Apeldoorn

Bamboeproject Informatiecentrum, Hoogvliet


    2002

Emplacement Wildervank, Star&Arts Groningen

Stonehenge Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Concentric Circles, Summer Festival Beograd (SR)


    2003

Kunstpassie 2000drie, Natuurtheater Best

Tempus Arti Summer, Schijndel

Installatie Horst d’Oeuvre, Horst


    2004

BamBoekel, St. Agathaplein Boekel

TheHATERT, Colorfull City Nijmegen

Bamboo Expo in i + i Centre, Delft


    2005

Afterwards, UN Headquarters New York (USA)

Pettelpoort, Vestingstad ’s-Hertogenbosch

Romeinse Wachttoren, Leidsche Rijn Utrecht


    2006

Int. Symposium d’art contemporain Baie-Saint-Paul (Ca)

Kansen aan de Kust, Noordwijk

Kwartiermakersfestival, Waalwijk


    2007

BambusBrückenBauproject, Mülheim an der Ruhr (D)

17° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Tessile, Como (I)

Chassé Park Project, Breda


    2008

12 Days in the Desert, Unesco Bad Urach (D)

Bamboo Pavilion Sonsbeek MMKA, Arnhem

1000 Flags, Life Dialogue, Wageningen


    2009

Bamboo Gates to Circo Paradiso Heusden-Zolder (B)

Ubuntu Festival, Goes

Bamboo Skeleton Shelter, Lutteltuin Volkel


    2010

Bamboo Gates to Circo Paradiso Heusden-Zolder (B)

Ubuntu Festival, Goes

Bamboo Skeleton Shelter, Lutteltuin Volkel


    2011

Colosseum, Rotterdam

Nieuwe Wegen, Groningen

BABEL, London (UK)


    2012

Libelle Zomerweek, Almere

Mysteryland Tower, Haarlemmermeer

Portland Screw, Memoproject Portland (UK)


   2013

Casalini Cultura, Casalini (I)

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle (D)

Social Innovation Festival, Hong Kong


    2014

GEA miniartextil, Como (I)

TetraTower, Bottrop (D)

LMBG FSTVL, Kinrooi (B)


    2015

Luxor aan de Maas, Megen




Antoon Versteegde gives lectures and workshops on bamboo around the world. It can last from one hour to several days. Would you invite him for this, please contact us via e-mail.

Antoon and his wife Sylvia Dekker 2012

Antoon, one year old 1954

Still painting 1983

Street painting in Spain 1982

Antoon at art school 1975

Interactive project with nuns 1994

Bamboo workshop 2009

Bamboo furniture 2002

Groningen 2011

Antoon as construction worker

Antoon 1967