Sef was born in Venlo, the Netherlands in 1964 and studied at the Royal Academy for Art in Den Bosch. He finished his education as a painter in 1992 at the Post Academy for Art in Arnhem.
From 1993 to 1997, he painted passengers at ten different train stations in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. This project entitled “Je suis à la gare” resulted in several exhibitions, at home and abroad.
From 1997 to 2000, Sef was painting portraits, street scenes and landscapes during various trips to Egypt, Greece and India, which led to new figurations and abstract works. Two of these works have been awarded with the Euregio Art Prize – Rhine Maas North (2001) in the Netherlands and Germany. His work was regarded as being original, innovative and authentic.
From 2010 to 2016, he painted abstract portraits on music. He put the power of various singers on canvas, using the movement of his body with oil paint in black and white or bright colors.
In recent works, figurations such as self-portraits and human figures are painted with a special oil paint recipe which combines different resins and provides enormous color strength. This technique ensures brighter colors, enhanced durability, as well as greater clarity and transparency.
His archive, in which each piece of artwork is related to each other, is an autobiography which shows his life as a total work of art.
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2019 – Galerie Ohne Namen, Sef Berkers New Works, Hürth / Cologne, Germany
2014 – Gallery Gymnasium, 50 Jaar Grond, Venlo, The Netherlands
2011 – Studio Marianum, Archive Berkers, Venlo, The Netherlands
2005 – Gallery Judy Straten, Action Violet, Grubbenvorst, The Netherlands
1999 – Gallery Malaka, Faces of Pune, Pune, India
1998 – Gallery Maaskade, Je suis à la gare 3, Venlo, The Netherlands
1996 – NMBS – Station Ostend, Je suis à la gare 2, Ostend, Belgium
1994 – Gallery Van Laethem, Je suis à la gare 1, Rekem, Belgium
1984 – Gallery Labierint, Sef Berkers Paintings, Venlo, The Netherlands
2019 – Alte Fabrik, Connections, Kaldenkirchen, Germany
2016 – Alte Fabrik, 21 Jahre Künstler – 21 Jahre Expo, Kaldenkirchen, Germany
2004 – Gallery Judy Straten, Mijn Achtertuin, Grubbenvorst, The Netherlands
2004 – Gallery Judy Straten, Art Fair Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2002 – Werner – Jeagerhalle, Euregio Art Prize – Rhine Maas North, Nettetal, Germany
2001 – Art College, Euregio Art Prize – Rhine Maas North, Weert, The Netherlands
1996 – Gallery Van Laethem, Face To Face, Rekem, Belgium
1996 – Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Kamertjes Van God, Venlo, The Netherlands
1992 – Atelier Sömmering, Ateliers Arnhem, Cologne, Germany
2014 – De Limburger – “Cultuur” (Netherlands)
2001 – Limburgs Dagblad – “Euregio Kunstprijs voor Sef Berkers” (Netherlands)
2000 – Alles Paletti – “Een canvas vol tegenstrijdigheden” (Netherlands)
1998 – Times of India – “India through his eyes" (India)
1998 – De Brug – “Afscheid met ‘Je suis à la gare” (Netherlands)
1998 – De Trompetter – “Afscheid van Venlo” (Netherlands)
1996 – Het Belang van Limburg – “Een Dagboek in Wording” (Belgium)
1995 – De Limburger – “Steeds weer hetzelfde altijd anders” (Netherlands)
1994 – De Standaard Magazine – “De Leegte Tussen Treinen” (Belgium)
1993 – Het Dagblad voor Noord Limburg – “Maken wat jezelf bent” (Netherlands)
2001 – Winner of the “Euregio Art Prize – Rhine Maas North”, Nettetal, Germany
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