About Usva

Fine Arts and Fashion

Dim Junius has obtained a Pedagogical Didactic Diploma at Fontys.

He then worked for more than four years as an educational assistant and workshop artist at the Dutch Comic Strip Museum in Groningen. Here he gained a lot of experience by giving workshops to various ages and nationalities.

Dim has developed a strong sense of what is important when creating a cartoon: the first spontaneous sketch, the original idea for a story and coming up with imaginative cartoon characters.

Dim is the author of the comic book Brick: Floatsome Rock.

Cily van Hameren

Cily van Hameren graduated at Academie Minerva as visual artist. Making big wall paintings she makes rooms look warmer and more balanced. In 2010 she completed the visual arts studies at Stenden University. In her therapy practice Een Kleurrijk Palet she coaches clients to express thought and feelings you can not say with words. 


Ellis Veldstra

Ellis Veldstra graduated in 1993 at Academie Minerva. Her teacher was, amongst others, Matthijs Röling. After her graduation she traveled a lot through Asia and she uses this experience as a very important source of inspiration. She is focused on portrait painting.

Jannes Koetsier

Jannes Koetsier (1979) got his bachelor of fine art in education at the Academie Minerva Groningen in 2006. Jannes about his paintings: The joy of painting and the beauty of a blob of paint are visible in a succesfull painting. My inspriration for painting are light and color.Light can fall beautifully on a body or building, the shadow can have an exciting color. When the painting is successful, all factors are correct, the paint skin is good and the light is beautiful. Presentation and paint merge into a beating whole.


Marcel Duran

Marcel Duran studied painting at the Minerva Academy in Groningen and at the Intitut Seni Indonesia in Djokjakarta, Indonesia. He then completed the teacher training in drawing / painting and art history at the Rijks Hogeschool in Groningen. He is an enthusiastic painter who works primarily en plein air and to direct perception of his subject. As a painting teacher he worked at the Minerva Academy in Groningen, among others. His lessons combine the pleasure and enthusiasm for painting with the investigation into the essence of the subject and its imagination on the flat surface.


Paraskevi Frasiola

My name is Paraskevi Frasiola and I am a visual artist. I hold a MA from the Aristotle University, School of Fine Arts in Greece and a MFA from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, the place I live and work. For the year 2019 was awarded a Mondriaan fund for emerging artists. About my work, although I have studied extensively painting and drawing for many years, my artistic practice is described as multidisciplinary, from drawing and painting to self-publication and more. My idea of art is about communicating ideas as the end product but first and foremost is having lots of fun while making it.


Rianne van der Kamp

I am Rianne, illustrator, wonderer and coach. What started as a dream to become an illustrator for books or to work in a bookstore, went to a career in graphic design and teacher of fine arts, into becoming a naturebased coach and owner of my own label with naturebased illustrations, eyeopeners and my own studio. In my studio I give workshops making naturebased illustrations, inspiring walks in nature to get energized again and make my own illustrations. You can find my work in different stores around the Netherlands and I like it to share my love for nature in my workshops and illustrations!


Sandra de Leeuw

My name is Sandra de Leeuw and I’m a certified tailor. My daily work consists of making bespoke clothing for my clients. This can mean making a wedding dress, professional dance attire, or a nice men’s blazer. Tailoring is a beautiful, old fashioned craft, where only two things really matter: beautiful materials, and how they are handled. Real beauty is in small things; hand made buttonholes on a jacket, a collar that fits just right, the length of a skirt that’s perfectly in proportion. I love sharing my enthousiasm for everything to do with sewing. Teaching others the trics of the trade is something I love doing, because every single time, people are surprised by what they can achieve. It’s so much fun to wear a dress you made yourself to a party! I can help you to make it happen.


Alle rechten voorbehouden · 2015