Tessel van der Putte (1994) is a Dutch artist who completed her Master degree in International Law and Human rights, at the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Previously she obtained a cum laude Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges, at the international Honours University College of Leiden (LUC). Currently, she lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
From a young age onwards, she has been trained in fashion design and in the fine arts and art history - albeit most of the fine arts being as an autodidact. In the last couple of years, she especially produced works made of acrylic canvasses that were based on abstract and cubistic, expressive forms of female (and at times male) naked bodies. Colour, in all her work, is of great significance and symbolism to the state of mind it was created in, as well as the emotional message each individual work carries out. The works are often produced under a certain set of music styles believed to transcend through the colours and shapes. For these reasons, we see that many of her works are tailor-made, on request of clients, hence show a strong personal touch.
Tessel has always been passionate about politically and socially engaged arts, intrigued by the use of creative expression within different spiritualities and the role of art in political agenda-setting. This shows in her work and accompanied stories and articles.
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