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'If you want to work on your art, work on your life' | Anton Tsjechov

What Collectors Say

What Collectors Say

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'Alexanders' art grabs you by the throat and leaves you gasping for air'

Monica | Collector Amsterdam

Stian Vågen Nilsen & Tori Ørvik | Musicians Norway

'We first met Alex in Samoreau France many years ago. He immediately struck us as a good and gentle soul. He has this intriguing underlying blend of restless traveler and artistic madness about him. Kind of like Ernest Hemingway meets Hunter S. Thompson. This, together with his kindness makes him very deep and interesting, and we are very thankful that he is our friend.

'Salima La Bien Aimée' was the first piece of art we encountered that Alex made. We were struck by her straight away and started dreaming about being able to have her in our new house. She has a calmness and wisdom within, behind layers of struggle and hardship. There’s a deep inner beauty in her. We think of Salima as our house goddess. She is placed in the house in a way that ensures we always can see her, and that way she always looks after us and keeps us safe.

Jeroen Krabbé | Actor, Painter, Director Amsterdam

'Absolutely splendid painting'

Nanda Hagenaars | Photographer Amsterdam

The work that I have is very gentle, soft, feminine but yet powerful. Her eyes closed, as if humble. The red emphasizes the feminine power. Also there is a sense of carelessness in it, which I find liberating.

When I look at the piece, I feel a lot of love for this life and how you can meet people in many different ways. Also that you will find so many people that are actually mirrors, you will find a piece of yourself in them. It means a lot to me because it reminds me of how we met and how we had a good connection instantly.

Alexander is a very talented man whose life has encountered some crossroads but in a way it might have been the whole reason why. To be alive and cross those roads, and to create what’s coming from within.

Katelijne | Manager 'Thuis aan de Amstel' Amsterdam

'Definitely one of the most exciting exhibitions we had so far!'


Review Exhibition: 'The Wandering Eye' by Spoonful of Art

"I have always been charmed by people who practice multiple professions. Alexander Koning is also one of them. He is a (directing) cameraman, editor and visual artist.

His story inspires. During his studies at the art academy he discovered that for him art is a "compressed essence of the perception of its maker". So his mission became: to gain life experience, in the broadest sense of the word.

What was he going to do? He became a cameraman. He made reports "that fed him" raw materials "for his art.

All his experiences underlie his art. His work in Adam & Siam reflects on the refugee crisis, and in particular our ever-changing view of it.

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