1969 Jan Willem Pieter is born the 14th of April in Leiden, firstborn of Piet Zandvliet (1947) and Anneke de Jong (1948). His father was a carpenter and his mother a housewife.
1970 Moved from Leiderdorp to Rotterdam-Delfshaven, due to his father finding a job in the harbor of Rotterdam.
1972 His sister Angelique is born.
He starts drawing at the age of three. Each day he makes one or more drawings, a habit that hasn’t stopped yet. At elementary school he draws his first comic strip and passes it on to his classmates.
1982 Attends the Graphic school in Rotterdam.
1983 Attends the LTS Rotterdam, a technical school, trying to become a carpenter.
That ends in a disaster, as well for his teachers as for Pieter himself.
As a boy he starts to visit the many galleries and museums prior to Delfshaven. That is something he prefers above attending school.
1986 Forced into different courses, designed to make the right choice in profession. In between he works in all kinds of odd jobs, amongst which he even has been an attendant in a museum.
1992 Pieter meets his future wife, Xandra Quendelynn Severien (1956), and moves in with her and her son, Itam van Teeseling (1982), in Schiedam. Together with Xandra he starts the two-monthly youth magazine Freelook Magazine. At last he found a way to publish his comics and written material. The magazine later becomes a collector’s item. A total of 15 editions are published.
1994 Xandra and Pieter establishgallery Slaphanger, being a well known underground gallery/shop in Rotterdam until 2003.
December 1994 started a try-out exhibition of artists, photographers and poets Michael Vos, Pieter Zandvliet, Istvan Gal, Arjan Doorgeest and Moha Boudat. All of them are members of the editorial staffof Rotterdam magazine Freelook, located in the same building as the gallery in the Grote Visserijstraat.
Apart from the expositions, Slaphanger sells products from musicians and small press editions, like underground comics and fanzines. Soon Zandvliet develops a global network of comic-artists and musicians of whom he sells products in his gallery.
It accommodates mainly punk, hardcore, noise and Lo-fimusic. The gallery exhibits a lot of artists, like: Chris Berg, Joleen v/d Zwam, Arjen de Jong, Marc Dancey,Tommy de Roos and Koen Hottentot. Musicians and labels that regularly are to be found in Slaphanger, give shows and sell their stuff are: Monobrain, FFF, Murderville, Listentomerijn, Pornologic, The Hitmakers, Asrai, Low Point Drains, Ralf Zalf, Bullshit Propaganda, Budrot, and Leo Xtreem.
Pieter’s Melt Art has been the first exhibition of the gallery. The opening and exposition are successful. This ‘Barbie on Art’-expo has attracted national attention. Pieter sells his first 5 works during this exposition.
1997 Pieter joins “Kunst Werkt”, a Schiedam foundation focusing on art-projects and the organization of expositions. He diminishes his Melt Art and takes up painting. The first works originate, because of the lack of space in his home, in the bedroom of a good friend Loes Schrijver, in Schiedam. Curator Koos van Duinen selects his work for the art manifestation ‘de Dubbelkamer’. He wins the peoples award and the award for upcoming talent. Again he sells 5 major works.
Itam van Teeseling and Pieter decide to make music under the name ‘the Krimpos’. Itam just learns to play the guitar and Pieter sings his own poetry. With a dictating machine they record their songs, resulting not much later in a cassette tape filled with noise,called “Weepy”. Immediately followed by a ninety-minute tape with, next to punk songs, more computer generated music and radio plays. The duo named this 90-minutestape.
Augustina Severien-Dugas, Pieters mother-in-law, provides the Krimpos with some music software in the December holidays. Hardly unpacked they start to experiment fanatical. They record all kinds of sounds, reforming them to beats and samples; drawers closing, biting an apple, fragments of commercial telephone lines, death reports of for instance Sid Vicious or Buddy Holly, church serviceson television, sounds from the Rotterdam harbour and much, much more. The result of these experiments is the tape ‘The bads off’. Orange Socks, a Vlissingen based label of Tommy de Roos, does the release.
Totally unexpected Bads off gets good reviews in music magazines like the Obscene, Gonzo Circus and the Fred. The Krimpos now start to make their own videoclips, still to be found online. Music of the two can be found here and there on the web. Until 2003 the Krimpos release tapes or cd on a yearly base. They collaborate in different musical projects and art performances together or apart. Some of these projects are the FCKNG BSTRDS, Spriet, Doko E Ikamasu, Astma Boys, the Hitmakers, Jazzocinscy, the Dickheads, Smartlaps, Truck van Renthal & Boetlek Spacetower, Bastaman & Dr.Drek, Anal Boys and the Slaphangers. The Krimpos still exist and vague plans are always hanging around. Anything could easily happen, as with all of the other projects.
1998 Pieter takes part in the exposition “Je weet niet wat je ziet” (‘you don’t know what you’re seeing”) at the City Museum in Schiedam. Assisted by Xandra, he paints the walls and tapes the process on video to be seen too. Curator is Diana Wind of the City Museum Schiedam.
1999 March 11th Pieter and Xandra get married in the old city hall of Schiedam.
In the same year a Group of artists in Schiedam starts to work together under the name of NAR=ME. Nar (Court Jester) is like a joker on the Kings Court, telling hard truths disguised as jokes. There’s a Nar=Manifest (Nar=tisch manifest) formulated by Gerrit van Schuppen. If you’d read the Nar=Manifest you discover a movement believing that anything should be possible as well as not at all. A movement tending to be a movement and at the same time totally not. Obligating its members to make use of unorthodox materials whilst at the same time calling up to use the usual in their art. Nar=me prompts to use motivation and inspiration from the surrounding world and denies it at the same time. Nar=me wants to create her own reality.
Nar=ts are and have been: Pieter Zandvliet, SAGE Art, Tineke Weber, Cecilia Garizoan, Xandra Severien, Jet H.H. Crielaard, Sjef Henderickx, Joost Geertsma, Mirjam Torongo, Gijs van Rij, Ricardo Suares, Tommy de Roos, Nico Kampman and Itam van Teeseling.
2000 Pieter moves to the Hoofdstraat in Schiedam. It is a building in which he can live and work at the same time, finally getting his own studio.
2001 Assisted by Chris Meijboom, Desiree van der Meij and Xandra, Pieter paints the roller shutter of Artoteek Schiedam in commission, directly followed by a solo exposition.
Pieter joins art group ‘the Mind wrestlers International’.
The Mind wrestlers, cultural ambassadors in turbulent times, are defined by their striving for harmony and energy though totally contrasting in styles and visions. ‘As You Wish’ is firstly exhibited in Noord-Amerika in the Northline Gallery in Houston, Texas and ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. The exposition of “As You Wish”, in the Parsons Gallery in Paris, is the first one in Europe of this sprankling group, inspirited by pop- and traditional culture.
Their style varying from illustrational to conceptual, from raw to control is always in dialogue. These so different views put trust in each other to accomplish the creative process and at the same time hold on to mutual respect and individuality. A template that wouldn’t be unbecoming to the World as a whole. The Mind wrestlers keep growing, the welcome new artists and participate in international exhibitions.
Joan Fabian, the founder of the Group and Pieter found each other through the internet and old-fashioned mail. The result is an explosion of energy, humor, color, diversity in style, concept and dialogue of their joint efforts and their own separated vision as artists. The Mind wrestlers are: Joan Fabian San Antonio Texas USA, Natalia S Povalyaeva Minsk Wit Rusland, Pieter Zandvliet Nieuwleusen Nederland, Hambra Abbas Lahore Pakistan, Maria Slovakova Bratislava Slovakije, Xandra Severien Nieuwleusen Nederland, John Mason San Antonio Texas USA.
2002 ‘Brothers in Art’ Pieter and Itam have an exposition at the Paulus building in Schiedam.
Around the same time at the Burgemeester Meineszplein in Rotterdam one of Pieter’s Works, is revealed, a donation of the municipality Delfshaven to the Turkish community.
Pieter produces the movie “Bright side of life”. Next to writing the script and doing the production Pieter is acting in it too, together with actors from his circle of friends. His wife Xandra records it all. Pieter sketches some Lines on which the actors improvise their own ideas and texts. The movie is a story about two friends (although their friendship mainly consists in a shared love for the computer game of football) from a simple neighbourhood, who put everything aside, even their girlfriends, to play the game. They have fault mouths and no respect for anything. One day Jopie (Michael Vos) discovers that there’s a World champion in pc-soccer named Lech (Chris Meijboom). They challenge him, convinced as they are that they are the best around…
2003 Pieter collaborates with Texan artist Joan Fabian. The expo “Salsa and Tulips” is displayed in Artoteek Schiedam, after six previous exhibitions in Texas. Pieter collaborated with a lot more fellow artists.
In the same year Texan film director John Mason shoots his movie ‘Skippy, The Serial Killer, and the curse of a Nazi ring’ in Schiedam. Pieter plays the lead; a self-involved, confused, friendly serial killer. It is an underground movie pure sang, made like Film noir-style. What you see is Skippy and Pieter expressing themselves. Skippy lets his part frequently be played by the actor Pieter.
2004 Pieter participates in the group exhibition ‘As you wish’ at the Parsons School of Design in Paris.
In the same year Pieter plays the part of Koos, a rude, greedy sexist, married to Mariëlle (Desiree van der Meij), in the short movie ‘Sudderen’ directed by Itam van Teeseling. In the media Mariëlle learns that too much cholesterol causes an earlier death. That makes her feed her hated husband with the fattest food she can, with the obvious consequences. The movie is recorded in the house Xandra and Pieter, at the Hoofdstraat 307 in Schiedam. Not long after that, Itam van Teeseling makes a short documentary about Pieter titled ‘An artificial documentary’.
2006 The work Chica Bonita is obtained by the Parliament in The Hague.
Pieter, Frank and Ivana van der Donk start the Schiedam Art shop ’t Walvis (the Whale) and he joins the Window-art project around Park the Plantage.
Together with John Bob Mason from San Antonio Texas Pieter joins Micro-phobic, a musical project already in progress. As an exception to all his rules Pieter performs under this name in WORM Rotterdam and twice in Bravo, also in Rotterdam. In two weeks time John, Pieter and Joan Fabian record new songs in a small studio in Katendrecht. ‘Microphobic-Worm tracks’ is published the same year. It is out of the question Pieter will ever perform for public again, nonetheless the artist is always ready to make a new album.
Artist Ron Weijers asks Pieter in the end of 2006 to join the Netherland/New York 10dence Art Collective. Other participating artists to this collective are: Ron Weijers (Schiedam), Anton Vrede (Rotterdam), Nikolaj Dielemans (Schiedam), Joe Davis (New York) and Ben Game (Middelburg). The concept of the Group is to reflect on artistic, technical, mental, social, psychic, literary, photographic, political, cinematographic, graphic, architectural, musical, racial, religious, visual and commercial subjects with an expressive edge. The collective consists of artistic spirited people, working to realize their artistic ideals without obligations.
2008 Pieter and Xandra move to Nieuwleusen in the province of Overijssel, and start to work from there.
2010 Pieter starts the Piereneters. Dutch Piereneters-collective is based on the symbiosis of artists Pieter Zandvliet & René Maagdenberg. The first is responsible for the hair, the other provided its eyes, de first added his good mood, and the other gave it his warm and sympathetic voice. Together, speaking with just one tongue, these artists claim that their offspring contains that what they just can’t find in the other…
Remaining items like the many, many expositions, collaborations and assignmentsPieter did and does, you can read all about that in his CV, as shown on his website: www.pieterzandvliet.com