< Gelder van Stirum



Gelder van Stirum, a Dutch visual artist born in 1989, specialized in painting after working as an architect. His whimsical, minimalist style is characterized by bright, vivid colours and a sense of movement. Gelder emphasizes the connection between art and architecture in his work, executing the entire process from canvas stretching to frame-making, and constantly experimenting with new prototypes, materials, and techniques. Gelder has lived and worked in various countries, including the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, and South Korea and while he occasionally resides abroad, he maintains his studio in Bussum, the Netherlands. His paintings can be found in private collections worldwide.



2017 – 2018
Postgraduate Diploma in Open Thesis Fabrication. Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain

2016 – 2017
Master in Advanced Architecture (cum laude). Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain

Fine Art and Studio Practice. National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2015 – 2016
Master in Architectural Science Urban Design. University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, Ireland

2009 – 2015
Bachelor of Built Environment. Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, School of Architecture, Built Environment & Civil Engineering, the Netherlands

Group Exhibitions

OTF Exhibition. Valldaura Labs, Barcelona

Graduation Exhibition MUHBA. Oliva Artés, Barcelona

Scripts – a Chronicle of Incidents. Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Scripts – a Chronicle of Incident. Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona

Scripts – a Chronicle of Incidents. La Casa Elizalde, Barcelona


I begin my creative process by sketching designs on paper. While the initial design process is intuitive, the painting phase is highly technical and precise, and I pay obsessive attention to each line and brushstroke. Combining art and architecture is integral to my work, and I experiment with various fabrication techniques to create dynamic and aesthetically compelling pieces by achieving the right harmony between colors and composition through shapes and geometry.