Cis Bakker is a female painter from the Netherlands, living in the city of Utrecht. In this city she finished her study Monumental Art, specifically painting, at the Utrecht art Academy. Ten years later she started her study at the University of Humanistic Studies, also located in Utrecht.
Cis’ favorite mediums are acrylic paint combined with oil pastel, and (digital) collage. Her preferred subject is portraiture, be it literally or figuratively. A portrait of a living being, or of a situation around gender, autonomy and/or social expectations.
Her main inspiration in painting is the expression of meaning, through experiment and is connected to opening up to chance, coincidence, synchronicity. Combined with an intense love for light, colors and the trivial this has led to her interest in making the invisible visible. “My work is a way of creating energy. This also means: re-creation, recycling of materials, works and ideas. My slogan : Every unchancy work can be the breeding ground for a better".
Art to Cis, is a necessity; spiritual food to nourish Humanity, to reflect and strive for growth. With her work she creates a truly kaleidoscopic world that ranges between the extremes of serenity and complexity, the abstract and figurative art, the savory and the sweet. Her intense world is inhabited by beings or spheres in their (friendly) struggle with existing or fictional opposites. This is a vehicle to create eclectic visual puzzles that are inviting the viewer to reflect, and for her own transformation and chronological development. Her work has a tendency to illustrate the existential.
A few of her favorite artists are a.o. Leon Spilliaert, Max Ernst, Hilma af Klint, Anish Kapoor, and Bill Viola.