Welcome to the Tribal Art Finder Gallery. After many years of searching and visiting antique shops, markets, auctions and private collections all over the country, I have developed a fine network of friends who help me find exceptional pieces. That's why they call me the Tribal Art Finder.
My interest for non-western art began when I was a child of about 10 years old. My favourite uncle who was a sailor visited many countries around the world and came home with treasures from other cultures. In particular his exciting stories of his encounters with the native people intrigued me. Later on I regularly visited the ethnological museum: the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden, my hometown. It was there that I became fascinated by the powerful Congo statues and the expressive masks which were staring at me from the old mahogany showcases. Moreover, the amazing shapes and colours of the shields and sculptures from Oceania appealed to my imagination. That’s how my passion began and I wanted to know more about it, so I started reading books & articles about the customs and habits of tribal societies.
In 1993, after visiting several exhibitions where my love for Primitive Art continued to grow, I started my own collection, based on my understanding and learning from fellow collectors and experts as well as my taste, creativity and intuition. Since then I am always trying to acquire authentic and expressive art and artefacts that are culturally and ethnographically significant. After collecting for almost twenty years, and in line with my personal development, I have decided to sell a part of my private collection. In this way I am able to share my passion with other Tribal Art lovers and let my experience grow to keep my collection alive!
I am always happy to answer any questions and if I don't have the object that you are looking for on my website, there's a good chance I can find it for you; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org