Lizette Schaap was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands in 1987. After studying Build Environment at InHolland in Alkmaar, where she graduated in 2013, she worked as an engineer in the field of architecture. Working there she encountered that she couldn’t be as free in her creativity as she wanted to be, so she took a photography course at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. When she finished this course, Lizette remained for the Bachelor of Photography and graduated in January 2016 with her project 3P’s; a self-published book and a successful group exhibition at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.
The work of Lizette Schaap, presents an aesthetic that has been described as wonderfully simplistic, abstract, graphic and surreal. Lizette photographs in a contemporary manner, but adds depth to her images by effectively communicating a story.
Lizette is interested in social themes on sustainability and consumption.
Her autonomous work was part of different exhibitions, for example: New Dutch Photography Talent 2016; Big Print 1000 Photos Amsterdam; Galerie Fotogram; Beurs van Berlage in 40 photo’s; GEAR’15 graduate exhibition.
GUP Magazine published her work in the book New Dutch Photography Talent 2016, Musée Magazine published her as an Emerging Talent in their 13th issue ‘Women’ and her work got a Honourable Mention at the Moscow International Foto Awards 2015.
Art agency and gallery the Refreshment Room from the Netherlands represents her work since the beginning of 2016.
Besides working as a visual artist she uses her artistic experience to create and photograph handmade settings for her commissioned work. She works with different materials and techniques, creating unique sculptures. She combines her technical precision and aesthetic as an engineer with her craftsmanship and viewpoint as a visual artist, allowing her to develop original and engaging images. She has worked for news media, cultural institutions, architects and artists, like De Volkskrant, Het Parool, De Correspondent, Kranenburg Cultural Estate Bergen NH.