Anka van Dorp

Until comparatively, Anka van Dorp's homeland was the Netherlands. It was in this country that she developed her talent and her love for painting.

In 1998 Anka made Portugal her home. She lives and works not far from the picturesque and historical city of Coimbra.

Together biking
2012, 95x75cm, acrylics on canvas

Anka van Dorp

Her oeuvre, from around 1980, is of a remarkable allroundness. Her works range from a strong and impressive realism, reminiscent of the post-impressionist Pechstein, to the subtle linework of Dufy.

The first period in Portugal inspired her to paint landscapes and portraits of country people in their natural setting, often working in de fields and vineyards.

Woman in a blue bathing suite
2010, acrylic on canvas, 100x80cm
Private collection


Currently, her paintings are more in the style of her early work and is the woman figure the main subject of her paintings.

Her paintings are a celebration of exuberantly bold colours, which undoubtably provide the viewer with feeling of happiness. Her colours are so clear and strong that they provide a recognizable signature.

Since 1980 Anka van Dorp had exhibitions in the Netherlands and Portugal.

If you want to see more paintings of Anka van Dorp you can visit her own website Anka van Dorp

Picasso's girl in the mirror
2011, acrylic on a wooden shed door
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