Ada Breedveld (Dordrecht, 1944) is a Dutch artist. She was born at the start of the Dutch “hunger winter” in 1944. Together with Ada’s brothers, her parents fled the ruined city of Rotterdam. Existence was difficult and hard, but Ada found a lot of joy in drawing and painting. She experimented with colors, materials and different themes. The occasionally rather cramped realism was later on replaced by imaginative, colorful and most of all, joyful combinations.
Ada’s artwork had developed enough to qualify her for a Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling (Graphic Artists Regulation). Now Ada can finally dedicate herself to her love; art. She gets inspiration from her numerous foreign trips and meetings with writers, poets and graphic artists. Her best known works, in which Ada pictures her opulent and vivacious women, originate from the comic series Sjaantje. Ada created this comic series for her mother, who had suffered from corpulence during her lifetime. Ada wanted to let her mother come to life again in her work, emphasizing the pleasant and jolly aspects. Her paintings are as it were a joyful renaissance of her mother. All this has been a source of inspiration for Ada Breedveld now for more than 25 years.
The cheerful ladies are popular with a broad public and not only in the Netherlands. Ada has held many exhibitions abroad and her work had many admirers.
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