About us

Portraits tell us how we look at people and how we like to see ourselves. By looking at portraits we learn about the sitter, the creator – and sometimes about ourselves.

For the past few years we’ve been making online productions and exhibitions at museums and other locations, with work from private, corporate and museum collections. From September 2021, you can visit our tiny exhibition space at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam: Portrait Gallery Studio. Here, we will continue to investigate how portraiture can contribute to the recognition and appreciation of all people – without judgment. We hope to contribute to a society in which people, who instead of trying to confirm their own beliefs, appreciate and understand each other’s differences and stories.

The founding of the Gallery was supported by Loyens & Loeff and Sandy Nairne, former director of the National Portrait Gallery in London. We are especially grateful to the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Rabobank, Pictoright Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for helping us realise our exhibitions and growth.


Arjen Pels Rijcken (Chair)
Maarten Biermans (Board Secretary)
Hans Go (Treasurer)
Gerswhwin Bonevacia (Artistic Director)
Boudewien Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht (Marketing)
Jolize Lautenbach (Lawyer)

Advisory Board
Emo Verkerk (artist)
Annaleen Louwes (artist)
Sabine Craft-Giepmans (Head R&D RKD)

Committee of Recommendation
Nicholas Cullinan
Arthur Japin
Koos Breukel
Eus Akyol
Alexander Pechtold
Robin de Puy
Philippien Noordam
Melanie Maas Geesteranus

©Jan Banning, Bureaucratics, Bolivia, Potosi, 2005