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Adara Godschalk

Adara Godschalk is a contemporary artist whose journey began experimenting with paint before she could walk. Her early artistic expressions laid the foundation for a distinguished career in the arts. Her passion for art led her to study at Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) in Curaçao, an esteemed contemporary art foundation dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of young artists from the island and the wider Caribbean region. Under the mentorship of distinguished artists at IBB, Adara quickly advanced, completing the program—which normally takes two years—in just one year, graduating in 2017.

In 2021, Adara graduated cum laude with honors in Fine Art from the prestigious Willem de Kooning Academy in the Netherlands, one of Europe’s leading art schools. Her graduation show featured a groundbreaking performance piece and a collection of sought-after paintings, earning acclaim and acquisitions from private collectors and institutions alike, including the permanent art collection of Willem de Kooning Academy.

After graduating, Adara established herself in the art world, exhibiting widely across the Netherlands, including distinguished institutions such as Boijmans Van Beuningen and Art Rotterdam, among others. She also taught at various art academies. In 2023, she was awarded the prestigious Artist Start Fund from the Mondriaan Fund, recognizing her emerging talent.

Adara’s art is characterized by its fluidity and ever-changing nature, embodying the philosophy that to stay the same, one must constantly evolve. Her vibrant and playful visual language captures the essence of her creative spirit, making each piece a unique snapshot of her artistic expression. When asked how one can recognize her work, she humorously responds, “My art is known precisely because it defies recognition, constantly changing and challenging expectations”.



2021 Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, NL
Bachelor of Arts (BA); Fine Art - Cum Laude & Honors

2017 Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) Curaçao

Autonomous practice

2017 - present Atelier Godschalk
Painting and performance - Curaçao

2022 Artist Start by Mondriaan Fonds


May & June 2024 A Little Forever - Solo Exhibition
Landhuis Bloemhof - Curaçao

Past exhibitions and collaborations

Feb. 2024 Prospects at Art Rotterdam

De van Nelle Fabriek - Rotterdam, NL

Nov. 2023 Unfair23
Gashouder Westergasfabriek - Amsterdam, NL

Nov. 2023 Curaçao Always on My Mind - Dolf Henkens
Depot Boijmans van Beuningen - Rotterdam, NL

May. 2022 Bijenkorf x The Creative House
Bijenkorf - Rotterdam, NL

Apr. 2022 KunstRAI with Kunt aan de Dijk, Kortenhoef
RAI - Amsterdam, NL

Feb. & Mar. 2022 Johanna F. Zapata: Symbiosis
2022 Buitenplaats Doornburhg - Maarssen, NL

Oct. 2021 Graduation Show
Willem de Kooning Academy - Rotterdam, NL

Jan. 2020 Other Ways of Watching Together
Neverlandcinema x Mama - Rotterdam, NL

Mar. & Apr. David Bade: A Shared Afterlife
2019 Buitenplaats Doornburhg - Maarssen, NL

Jun. 2018 Sleeping Europe
Ubik Worm - Rotterdam, NL


Jun. 2017 & 2019 All You Can Art
Kunsthal - Rotterdam, NL

Teaching positions

Jan. 2020 & 2023 Performance Art
Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) - Utrecht, NL


Award nominations
2022 Buning Brongers
2022 Sluijters
2021 Ron Mandos; Best of Graduates


WhatsApp +31 (06) 26 25 49 77
Phone Curaçao

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