Born as Angelika Classen in 1959 in Heinsberg, Germany
An artist since childhood. Self-taught training and continuous work, especially in the creation of portraits, all free time is used for drawing and painting 2001 marriage (against the initial resistance of the family) with the artist Leon Daemen.
Regular studio exhibitions with Leon Daemen about every two years.
Membership in NABK (Nationale Associatie voor Beeldend Kunstenaars)
Inclusion in the NABK yearbooks in 2013 and 2020
Article in ArtisSpectrum, New York 2009
2009 Exhibition in New York, Agora Gallery
Article in Realism magazine Edition 2010/11
Publication of the book "Portrait Painting" Boekscout 2011
Exhibition in s’Hertogenbosch with Leon Daemen, new place Art Gallery 2014
Exhibition Terpkerk Urmond 2016 with Leon Daemen
Exhibition in museum van de vrouw, Echt in 2107
widowed since 2018
Exhibition together with works by Leon Daemen, Terpkerk Urmond 2019
Publication of the book “Peyer Psalmen” 2018
Publication of the book "Winterfarben" 2019
Entry of the artist's name in the identity card
Nomination in the Jan Mankes art competition
Acquisition of the picture “Approaching Joseph Beuys” by the Beuys archive.
Participation in the Limburg Biënnale, Maastricht
Participation in the exhibition:
Brabantse prijs voor de rooms-katholieke schilderkunst in Aarle Rixtel
Member of KC 61 (kunstcorridor 61)
2021 August -September group exhibition with KC 61 in Urmond (Terpkerk)
2021 September – October group exhibition with KC 61 in Roermond (Achterhuis)
2022 October – group exhibition with KC 61 in Rolduc
2022 October - Weekend van het Portret, Nederlandse Portretprijs
2023 April - Atelier op Tafel Museum Valkenburg
For a long time, I haven’t been aware of why I was drawing and painting at all. I understood later that it had to come from an impulse that also kept me alive in a way. I don't have any other motivation than to follow my innermost thoughts and feelings. I am often drawn to the representation of silence and of people who seem vulnerable (including myself). While drawing I like to follow the movements of dancers or acrobatic performances.
I am against activism in art.
What I do: making art on impulse, representing something that moved me, in my material, my lines, my forms, my colors, sometimes not figurative, and yet finding a form for the emotion, or mostly figurative, accepting only activism in this sense, namely to protect my own identity.