Mara Liem

Freelance Fine Artist / Illustrator /Designer

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mara Liem / 林留白 (1980) was born and raised in Amsterdam (NL), and is of Chinese, Indonesian as well as Dutch heritage. She graduated at AKV|Sint Joost in Den Bosch in 2007 and lived in Finland and Iceland for a significant time. Like Mara herself, her work is a fusion of cultures, often in Eastern form with Western subject matter. The creations seem to exist in a strange, distorted reality, where intimacy, secrets and lore are key. Mara loves playing with appearance and concealment as a means to enchant those who behold it.

Open for commissions.

Work Experience

Concrete Hermitage

Owner

· Illustration / graphics design / photography
· Animation / video
· Translation / (copy)writing
· Fine art
· Music/singer-songwriting
2015 - Netherlands

Namida Diamond Factory Oy

Producer

· Illustration
· Graphics/game/UI design and production
· Copy writing/editing (English), translation (Dutch)
· Content management team guidance
December 2016 - May 2023 Finland

Maraah Designs

Owner

· Design (web and print)
· PHP Programming
· Illustration
· Flash Animation
· Translation / (copy)writing
· Visual Art / Fine Art
· Music/singer-songwriting
2006 - 2014 Netherlands

Playforia Oy

Producer

· Graphics/game design / illustration and production
· Copy writing/editing (English), translation (Dutch)
· Content management team guidance
January 2010 - December 2016 Finland

Apaja Online Entertainment Oy

Producer

· Graphics/game design / illustration
· Content Management
· English copy writing / copy editing
· Dutch translation
August 2006 - December 2010 Helsinki, Finland

Jippii Mobile Entertainment Oy

Art Director

· Webmastering / web development (HTML/JSP)
· Web design
· Illustration / graphics design
· Translation (Dutch)
· Project development
2001 - 2004 Helsinki, Finland

Jippii Mobile Entertainment Nederland

Web Designer

· Webmastering / web development (HTML/SHTML/PHP)
· Web design
· Illustration
· Translation (Dutch and French)
2000 - 2001 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Education

AKV St. Joost

Bachelor of Fine Arts

August 2004 - July 2007 Den Bosch, Netherlands

Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam

VWO (equivalent to A-levels in UK, or High School with 7 AP's in US)

Including the subjects:

· drawing, with final grade 8 out of 10
· Dutch, with final grade 8 out of 10
· English, with final grade 8 out of 10
· French, with final grade 8 out of 10
1993 - 1999 Amsterdam, Netherlands

College Multi Media

Multi Media Engineer

2001 - 2001 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Languages

English (Fluent),
Dutch (Native),
French (Conversational),
German (Conversational),
Finnish (Beginner),

Skills

Adobe Animate, Adobe Audio Audition, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Animation, CSS, Git, Graphics Design, HTML, Illustration, Photography, PHP, Songwriting, Unity, Video, Vocalist, Web Design,

Art Exhibitions / Publications

2023
· Group exhibition, Loods 6, Amsterdam, NL (upcoming)

2022
· "Pan Asian Stories", Artwork and short story "The Next Doors" for publicatie, Pan Asian Collective

2021
· "Tethered", Solo exhibition, Concrete Hermitage, Amsterdam, NL
· ”Tethered”, Publication for Tethered exhibition, art catalog, Concrete Hermitage

2020
· "Tekening Retour", Group exhibition, Atelier Anders, Schaijk, NL
· "Arctic Heart", Duo exhibition with Páll Jökull, Selfoss, IS
· "Sumarhusið og Gardenum", Double spread about the art series "Arctic Heart", Iceland

2019
· "Pictoria Volume III", Spread in book, Capsules Book, Book Aid International, Australia

2018
· "Hundred Secret Senses", solotentoonstelling, Black Gold, Amsterdam, NL

2017
· ”Seven Views”, Group exhibition. Haarlemmerweg 514, NL
· ”Embraces”, Publication for Seven Views, art catalog with interview by A. Linnola

2013
· ”Secrets Between Books”, Solo indoor street art project. Reykjavik University library, IS
· ”Where Christmas Comes From”, short story and illustration publication. - Arkadia Gazette no.1 Spring. Arkadia International Bookshop Oy, Helsinki, FI

2012
· ”Embraces”, Solo exhibition. Het Dorpshuis, Duivendrecht, NL
· "Strawberry Hermitage", (Solo) book publication for the debut album of the band "Mara and the Pillows"

2011
· "The Writing In The Wall", Group street art project. Cornwall, UK
· "Morphosis", Duo exhibition with L. Reiman. Galerie MLA, Amsterdam, NL

2010
· 'Kunstroute Beemster 2010', Installation 'Repelsteeltje' with D. Kraal - Agrarisch Museum, Middenbeemster, NL

2008
· 'Nachtgroet: 11 kunstenaars', mini mobile art exhibition (curator & participant)
· 2008 'Broedplaats II', Group exhibition. MLA, NL
· Art publication, Miele BV

2007
· Graduation Exibition 2007, AKV|St.Joost, 's Hertogenbosch, NL

2006
· 'L'imaginaire: 12 versions', Group exhibition, Argument Vertoningsruimte, Tilburg, NL

2005
· "Deutchland Anders", Group exhibition, Goethe Institute, Rotterdam

Comissions

2022
· "The Transmutation of Grief", Cover art for book, Angela McGuirk (yet unpublished)

2017
· Illustration for wall sticker for J. v.d. Vleuten
· Commercial video to promote Festival van Oude Muziek, "fluit van Assisi" for Stichting Kunst met Plezier

2011
· Design and programming of website (PHP) and CMS. www.mariusabeling.nl
· Design and programming of website (PHP) and CMS. www.elsaquix.com

2010
· Design and programming of website (PHP) and CMS. www.toonteeken.com
· Design and programming of website (PHP) and CMS. www.studiosantiagocalva.com
· Illustrations and layout for the music exercise book ”Vocal Band -
an instrumental approach for improvised vocal arrangements” by Christopher Klassen

2009
· Landkoffer for MLA, commissioned by School van de poëzie
'Het hout zucht' – Poem in a suitcase artwork
· Illustration for Valentine's day, commissioned by S. Heikkonen
· Illustration, commissioned by L. Witte

2008
· Design and programming of website (PHP), programming of web tools to update content (CMS). www.miekemarx.com
· Design and programming of website (PHP). www.frankvandenbroeck.com
· Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam - Broedplaats MLA II
Design and programming of website (HTML)
www.montessorilyceum.nl/www/broedplaats
· Design and programming of website (PHP) and CMS. www.doinakraal.com

2007
· Programming of website (PHP). www.georgekorsmit.com
· Design and programming of website (PHP). www.kim-jeroen.com

2004
· 'Noorderlicht', magazine Nederlandse Vereniging in Finland. Cover illustration and other illustrations

Educative Art Projects (teaching)

2021
· Guest speaker, (6 VWO, students age 18-19). Geert Groote College, Amsterdam, NL

2009 - 2020
· 'Landkoffers' (1 MAVO/HAVO/VWO, children age 12-13) - Yearly poetry and art project. MLA, NL

2016
· Chocolate and art project with children age 4 - 12, Festival Cacao aan de Kade, Helmond, NL
· Chocolate and art project with adults, WorkShip, Amsterdam, NL

2015
· Chocolate and art project with children age 8 - 12, Noordjes Kinderkunst, Kazerne Z, Amsterdam, NL
· 'Poster Design' (1 MAVO, children age 12-13) - Poster design project, MLA, NL

2014
· 'Drieluik 2014' (1 MAVO, children age 12-13) - Poetry and art project. MLA, NL

2012
· 'Broedplaats V' (1 MAVO, children age 12-13) - Workshop graphics design. MLA, NL

2010
· 'Kunstklas' (1 HAVO/VWO, children age 12-13) - Art education – print techniques. MLA, NL

2008
· 2008 Broedplaats II (4 HAVO/VWO, children age 16-19) 'Licht in de Duisternis'. - Workshop figure drawing. MLA, NL