Artist in the Netherlands: Shefqet Avdush Emini

Expat Artist in the Netherlands: Shefqet Avdush Emini

Originally from Kosovo, Shefqet Avdush Emini came to the Netherlands when war broke out in Kosovo. He feels different living abroad: "quieter, sadder... Those emotions you can see in my artwork."

Name: Shefqet Avdush Emini
Nationality:The Netherlandse (Born in Davidovc – Kosovo and graduated from the Fine Art Academy in Prishtina, Kosovo).
City of residence: Arnhem
Reason for moving to the Netherlands: There was war in Kosovo.

Can you describe what you wish to communicate through your art work?
I want to show my emotions.

Which medium do you work in?
Oil on canvas, Acryl, watercolour, drawings.  The Artist describes my work as “figurative abstract expressionism” and incorporates a vibrant palette and a-layering of colour. I use oil on canvas to create my expressive pieces that blur abstraction with figurative elements.

Oil painting on canvas 54x54

How has living abroad influenced your work as an artist?
I feel different: quieter, sadder... Those emotions you can see in my artwork.

Which famous local artist(s) inspire you?

Which up and coming local artists do you find worth mentioning?

Oil painting on canvas 54x54

How easy or difficult is it to mix with the local artistic community?
Not difficult at all.

Can you offer some advice to people wishing to break into the local art scene?
These last years I am busier with the international scene.

What kind of financial support is available for artists working in the Netherlands?
Nothing, I am working with my own budget

How would you describe the art scene in the Netherlands; for instance is it thriving or not going too well?

There are many possibilities, galleries, art projects, but without financial support from the government.

Oil painting on canvas 54x54

Would you like to add anything?
I also work as a lecturer but have always been occupied by my painting and sculpture, I now work as a professional artist. I have exhibited in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Louver France, Belgium, Romania, Croatia, Servie, Bosnia and Kosovo in both group and solo exhibitions.


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