About me

Stefanie Ottens was born in 1987 in the rural province of Groningen (Netherlands), where in de province’s municipal she graduated both at Minerva Art College and in Art History at the university. She makes paintings and drawings. In the following text Ottens tells about her work.


“What motivates me to make art is the famous escapist longing for another world which I depict in my own fantasy world. My paintings and drawings are about the borders and tensions between beauty and repulsiveness. I want my work to provoke a feeling of great admiration for details and aesthetics. On the other side I try to evoke a gloomy and oppressive feeling.


For my work I am inspired by nature, folklore and legends. I work in various media and try to depict subtle contrasts, both in form and content.”




2022, April: De Meesterhand, Museum Mohlmann,

2021, October: Diversiteit, Galerie Kunst op Vijf, 


2021, August-october: KadvR, VanBerensteyn    

2021: Magnifieke Miniaturen IV, Museum Mohlmann,

2021: Bax Kunst, galerie, Leek.

2021: Kerkenheem, Noorddijk Groningen.

2020: Miniaturen 3, Museum Mohlmann, Appingedam.

2018: Kunsthal, Slochteren.

2018: Kunst aan de Vaart, Assen.

2018: Klein kunstje, Museum Mohlmann.

2018: PORTRET in opdracht, Atelier Horneman, Groningen.

2017: Botanica Esthetica, Atelier Horneman, Groningen.

2016: Schoonheid en Sprookjes, Bart Art Box, Thesinge.

2016: Liefde & Lust, Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura       

2015: 5 x 5 cm small art expo, Kunstlievend Genootdschap
           Pictura Groningen.

2015: 5 jaar Atelier Horneman: duo-expositie Stefanie Ottens
          en Martin Horneman, Groningen.

2014: 34e Mini Pint Internationale of Cadaqués, Taller
          Galeria Fort (Spain) and Galerie L’Etangd’Art in Bages
          (France), Wingfield Barns, Wingfield United Kingdom.

2014: 5×5 cm Mini Drawing Expo 2014, GYM in Groningen.

2013: Design Fleur Bloemen Award, Stefanie Ottens and
           Martin Horneman.

2012: Gathered through Facebook, Atelier Horneman, Ten

2012: Martin Horneman en Stefanie Ottens, UMCG,

2012: Martin Horneman en Stefanie Ottens, Police station,

2011: Werkelijke fantasieën, Atelier Horneman, Ten Boer.

2011: Salon exhibition, Foundation Wep, Groningen.

          Bedum. www.hamarkan.nl

2009: Jong in Groningen in 2009 # 1, Gallery Noord,

2008: Group exhibition, Gallery Pictura, Groningen.

2008: Solo exhibition, Sociale Verzekeringsbank, Groningen.

2008: Exhibition, Gallery Kunsthuis Noordwaarts, Eenrum

2008: Final exam exhibition Art Academy Minerva, Groningen.

2007: Exhibition Gallery t’Lageland Lageland.

2007: Mesdag, art project and exhibition, Art Academy
Minerva, Groningen.

2006: Art project, ‘De kip en de mens’, publication art
calendar, Art Academy Minerva, Groningen.

2006: Exhibition TEKEN EN, Art Academy Minerva, Groningen.
2006: Exhibition, De Kunstmijl, Leer, Duitsland.



2010-2012: Master of the Arts (Modern and Contemporary Art), University of Groningen.


2008-2009: Bachelor program (short) Art History, University of Groningen.


2004-2008: Bachelor of Fine Arts Art, Academy Minerva (painting), Groningen.



Work experience

2010-today: Director/owner Atelier Horneman, frameshop, Groningen & Veendam.

2019-today: Member Provinciale adviescommissie Cultuur, Drenthe.

2016-2021: Museumdirector, Stedelijk Museum Coevorden.
2019-2020: Chairwoman, Klassieke Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, Groningen.


For more information see my Linkedin page.