hand; creation (drawing by franka waaldijk)

hand; creation

2006 ~ 20 x 25 cm ~ ink on paper


education and presentations


Primary school Msambweni, Kenya (1972-1974)
African creativity, playfulness, nature, form, songdance & rhythm
Minnetonka High School, USA (1981-1982)
Oil painting with Richard Cunningham; Lettering & Calligraphy with Richard Grimes; film; photography
McPhail Center for the arts, Minneapolis USA (1981-1982)
Classical guitar with John Schubert
Elzendaalcollege Boxmeer (dipl. VWO 1983)
Co-founder of extra-curricular art club, with lessons from Bowine Wijffels
Conservatory Arnhem (1982-1983)
Precurriculum classical guitar
Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen (1983-1985)
Propedeuse 1984
Art academy ABK Utrecht (1985-1987)
Two years of traditional academic art education. Underbachelors degree 1986. Specialization: autonomous art, sculpture, painting, drawing. With Eugène Jongerius, Fred van der Linde, Guus Rekers en Michael van Hoogenhuyze, a.o.
Mathematics, Radboud University Nijmegen (1987-1996)
MSc 1991 (cum laude), PhD 1996 (modern intuitionistic topology)
Ministry of Transportation & Water Management (1997-2001)
Various management and consultant trainings; mediatrainings, innovation management, public-private partnerships, interactive and community planning. Traffic engineering PAO Technical University Delft.
Diverse art and technical courses (1987-2007)
O.a. welding acetylene/oxygen (1987-1988, intensive course; NIL II certificate), stonework and carving; medieval building (with Gérard Naud 1987-1991), woodwork & carpentry (with Roelof Cramer 1996-1997), painting (1994-1995 with Milian van Stokkum).
Graphical design and presentations for the general public (1999-2002)
Over 30 publications and 4 large manifestations for the general public for the Ministry of Transportation's innovation programme Roads to the Future. Collaboration with designers René van Raalte (BRS Premsela Vonk, Eden Design & communication);  De Ruyter & Roelvink (RRo industrial design); Selmar de Jager and Majella van Raalte (Beautiful Minds, previously dESIGN-UC)
Various congresses / colloquia (traffic & transportation, mathematics, 1992-2011)
TRB Washington (1999 en 2001), Nationaal Mobiliteitsdebat (2002, speaker) Colloquium Vervoersplanologisch Speurwerk (1999, 2000 and 2001-speakers award), mathematics talks.


works, commissions, acclaim


Works can be found mostly in private collections around the country, also in stock with Galerie Meander, Zevenaar.

Den Haag, Utrecht, Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Almere, Wijchen, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, Scheveningen, Exloo, Lichtaard, Berg en Dal, Beek, Ooij, Gennep, St. Anthonis, Boxmeer, Grave, La Grande-Combe, Bloemendaal, Barcelona, Palau-Saverdera, Montréal, Alès.

Graphical and sculptural designs amongst others for Ministry of Transportation & Water, Radboud University Nijmegen, tangoschool El Corte Nijmegen, fysiotherapy practice De Blauwe Hof Wijchen, fysiotherapy practice MCNO Nijmegen, Praktijk voor eigentijdse zwangerschapsbegeleiding Nijmegen, Praktijk voor massage Marga Verhoeven Eindhoven, VPRO (design competition), and various designs for private patrons.

Sculpture king used in Arti praktijkboek thv 2008, a secondary school art education method of publisher Thieme-Meulenhoff.

Interview in newspaper Trouw, 4 september 2009. Entry in Bkdoc Gelderland (databank professional artists Gelderland). And see a list of exhibitions if you wish.

A detailed reference to my Trijntje Fop poems has been included in Poets on Painting (2010), by Robert D. Denham.

From 2009-2015 Art Contemplation teacher (blog Image and World) at the Unit Academy Nijmegen. Since 2008 master-constructor and master-painter for the well-known conceptual artist Ralf Kwaaknijd.


scientific publications


Natural Topology (2nd ed. 2012)
Research monograph, also on arXiv, 2011 first edition
On the foundations of constructive mathematics - especially in relation to the theory of continuous functions (2005)
in Foundations of Science, Volume 10, Number 3, September 2005, pp. 249-324, Springer Verlag (preprint 2001, revised 2003)
Gaming approach Route 26: a combination of computer simulation, design tools and social interaction (2003)
in Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 2003 (co-author).
with Wim Veldman, in the Journal of Symbolic Logic vol. 61, no. 3, pp 745-767, 1996.
PhD thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen.


other publications


English blog on art, society, philosophy (2008-now).
English blog on mathematics, science and philosophy (2011-now).
Dutch blog on art and art contemplation (lecture notes 2009-2012, since 2012 a personal blog on Dutch art affairs).
Contains around 200 `trijntje fop' light-verse poems, of which some 150 are about famous artists and artworks. Richly illustrated and furnished with art historical background and reference links (2008-now).
Analysis of common pitfalls of spiritual movements, in blog format (2008-2012).
De Nieuwe Waterweg drijft (2001)
in Civiele Techniek.
Flexibele Infrastructuur (2000)
in Wegeninfo.
Various publications, brochures and films for the general public about flexible infrastructure and floating roads (1999-2002, co-author or editor)
Luchtbrug naar de toekomst - ontwerpen van groep 7 en 8; Route 26 - het knelpunt voorbij; Flexibiliteit en infrastructuur, essaybundel; Droom en daad (Wegen naar de Toekomst).
Wie bepaalt wie betaalt? (2000)
Nederland is té af. Flexibele infrastructuur als oplossing? (1999)
De dubbele doelgroepstrook (1999)
in Verkeerskunde (co-author).
Transport & infrastructure in the 21st century (1999)
Internat. essay competition PIARC (5th place, co-author).
Dynamische doelgroepstroken (1998)
Several reports (Grontmij for Ministry of Transportation, co-author main report).
Pascal 4 VWO mathematics method for secondary school (1997)
Publisher Thieme (editor, and author of additional materials).




Visual artist (1982-current); Art contemplation teacher (2009-2015); Senior advisor / project leader (Royal Haskoning 2001-2005, Rijkswaterstaat 1997-2001); Freelance editor and translator (Thieme, STV Translations, diverse 1996-1997); AIO mathematics (Radboud University Nijmegen 1992-1996); Freelance writer for college newspaper KU Nieuws (1991); Diverse jobs, volunteering and organizational activities (1983-1991).



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