Sander van Helvoort (41) grew up in Schoorl,
a small village at the coast in the North of Holland (Netherlands).
Raised in a creative and musical family
and able to explore those worlds from an early age.
Inquisitive as he is, he took study with his mother and grandfather.
As a child he admired them for their extraordinary ability
to draw just about anything in mind.
This is how he was able to gain a good foundation
in terms of drawing and painting.
His father played the guitar and practiced almost every day.
And he also heard it got better every day.
He wanted to study music like his father and grandfather,
he “Needed” that too…
Eventually he got up on the stage with saxophone, bass guitar,
guitar, vocals and everything that gave him a challenge in expressing himself.
On a creative level, Sander started actively
by decorating the musical stage at a young age,
He decorated the school with murals, and of course provided
the school’s newspaper with his arts.
There is no book in his entire school period
left without a sketch.
When he got older, exhibitions and several projects
with fellow artists followed.
mostly in Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Haarlem.
He left his parental home and went to work at a factory nearby.
From logistic coordinator in a warehouse in Broek Op Langedijk
to Health & Safety Officer in a large factory in Zaandam.
He went to live in Heerhugowaard and had two wonderful daughters
with his wife (and personal psychologist) Tarja.
It is very difficult to live an artist’s existence,
and full dedication is simply not (yet) possible.
But it remains an important part of his life.
He loves being on stage as a musician and he loves creating art.
“My art is mostly based on emotions, energy, magic, love and death.”
He is always trying to create a scene with a twist, things that aren’t what they seem
or just spin the emotional reaction.
Therefore there’s a story hidden in all of his work.
Sander uses very diverse styles
and is currently exploring
the world of mixed media.
From gouache, ink, chalk, wax,
charcoal, oil, ecoline, water, rust,
fire, peace, blood, love, tears
and all other ingredients life brings us,
he builds a “feeling” or a story on “vindpap” tar containing paper,
paper, wood or canvas.
He likes to show and share his perspective of the world.
So be welcome at a performance,
an exhibition or on his social media.