Geer Steyn, 1945, Netherlands

After initially studying art history at the university of Amsterdam, he realized he wanted to be actively involved in making art.

He went to the Rijksacademy of Arts in Amsterdam and studied sculpture under Piet Esser (1968-72). After winning the silver Prix de Rome in 1973, he studied for another year in Vienna under Fritz Wotruba. In Utrecht and Zaanstad he realized monumental sculptures in commission.

Becoming an influential Dutch medallist he did teach sculpture in The Hague (Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten) and Amsterdam (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten).

During the year 2004-2005 Geer Steyn has conducted a masterclass entitled “The medal as a gesture”.

For many years the artist has been making an annual medal, using an animal for the principal image. A trademark of his work is the manipulation in the hand of wax for an initial concept, quickly followed by clay (such a nicely smooth medium) to create a figure with the minimum amount of planes, often leaving the sculptor's fingerprints visible in the final work.

His work is represented in many museums:

  • The British Museum, London
  • Staatliche Museen, Berlin
  • Worzlaw Museum, Worzlaw, Poland
  • Rijksmuseum het Koninklijk Penningenkabinet, Leiden
  • Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
  • Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague
  • Teylers museum

He has been active in several organizations like the 'Vereniging van Penningkunst' and the FIDEM (Fédération Internationale de la Medaille) in Milan, Italy.