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Shop Punda - Willemstad Curaçao


Her paintings are bright, colorful, and vibrant!

Renate Rolefes is a devoted artist with many years of experience who brought her dynamic background from several art academies and training courses done in the Netherlands to Curaçao.
Since 2018, the stimulating Caribbean vibe has brought a new dimension to her work. Indeed, Curaçao has been having an undeniable magical effect on her creativity and inspiration.


Renate is married and a mother of 4 children. She has been working in her own studio for many years, generally producing realistic portraits and paintings on commission.

In high school, Renate was encouraged to further develop her talents. Although enrolled at several art academies, she eventually followed a teacher training course in drawing and crafts. Renate learned to apply and master all techniques with the aim of transferring this knowledge to young, talented children.

In the end it didn’t get that far, painting and creating itself remained a common theme. The world around her is her most meaningful source of inspiration. Art without a fuss, accessible to everyone.

“Farewell” part of work

Renate has her most beautiful and precious memories of the period in which she focused on the theme of ‘farewell’ with her work. By painting coffins and making portraits in which the ashes of the deceased were processed, she brought support and guidance in a difficult phase of life. This form of grief counseling brought her great appreciation. In this way, next of kin were allowed to fill in a farewell in a fitting and personal way, thereby making farewell a part of life.

For many years, her artist’s life was devoted to making cheerful paintings, often commissioned. However since 2018, Renate has been painting her colourful paintings from Curaçao, the course changed and the island has a magical effect on her inspiration and creativity.

One mission

For as long as she can remember, her mission as an artist has always been to create cheerful paintings. The kind of artwork you look at and makes you smile instantly. As she believes the presence of colors in our life has a direct effect on our moods, Renate loves to explore that idea and add a little touch of humor to it. From the representation of the voluptuous women living their best life, to the quirky animals from Curaçao wildlife and the stunning downtown depicted by day and by night, all of her art pieces have a playful yet structured style of painting distinctive to her.

In 2019 she opened her own Local Art shop in the heart of Punda, Curaçao. As you walk on Columbusstraat in Punda, her stunning gallery will most definitely catch your eyes as the front of it is all covered with her paintings and happiness! Not only can you find her art on canvas and exclusive art prints, she also creates posters, clothes, and much more! Her paintings are also available at Sambil and Mambo Beach. 

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