Sieglinde Van Damme is a multi-disciplinary artist based in California, although she used to be an economist with European roots. As an award-winning artist, she participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions spanning the US, Europe, Russia, India, and Japan.
Her work focuses on the social management of identity following her own immigration experience from Europe to the US: “I had to re-imagine not who I was, but who I ‘could be’ on this side of the ocean.” This lead to an endless re-imagining of visual realities in her work as she embraces the identity of a person, subject matter, place, circumstance, a thing, as fluid and ever-evolving in time and space.
Her message in art, life, and beyond can be summed up in one sentence: always "re-imagine what else is possible."
Sieglinde holds both an MS in Economics and a Master in Fine Arts. She has been published in various catalogs and media publications in the US/Europe. Award highlights: the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award in Italy; the Belle Foundation Grant for artistic merit and the Leigh Weimers Artist Award in Silicon Valley; a Grant from the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs' Creative Industries Incentive Fund through the Center for Cultural Innovation; and 2021/2022 Certificates of Artistic Merit from the jury at the Luxembourg Art Prize.