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Photo: Jhon Freddy Tobón Montoya

"¿Quién soy? Wie ben ik? Who am I? Ta ken mi ta?"

This is a question Justin often asks himself.

Creating art alleviates this existential thought, by translating his inner state into a physical existence; it is inspired by the human condition, nature, the culture of Aruba and its indigenous roots.

Justin works with various kinds of mediums; for example he enjoys painting, drawing, sculpting, animating, writing, performing and more.

Justin's work aims to enlighten himself in this perplexing reality and as a result reconnect with his 2-spirited self and his indigenous ancestors; but also to decolonize, heal and inspire others to be themselves.

2018 - 2022


2014 - 2018

2012 - 2014



Bachelor in Fine Art

St. Joost School of Art & Design

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Stand, Shop and Decor Designer


Boxtel, The Netherlands

Preparatory course

Academy of Fine Arts and Design Aruba

Oranjestad, Aruba
















(Group) Exhibitions

- Caribbean Linked VI exhibition

Atelier '89

Oranjestad, Aruba

(Mixed Media; Painting, Performance & Installation)

- blij dat JIJ er bent

Kunstruimte de Melkfabriek 

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

(Collaborative art with Eduard Linders & Mark Beusen)

- Graduation Show NOW SHOW, Class of €524.988,07

St. Joost School of Art & Design
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
(Performance & Mixed Media Installation art)


- Wegens omstandigheden is er momenteel geen titel

De Fabriek

Eindhoven, The Netherlands
(Collaborative Sculpture & Installation)


Online exhibition 

The Netherlands 

(Video art/Process art) 


- bruik

St. Joost School of Art & Design

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 

(Collaborative Illustration & Video art with Kasper van Tol)  



Kunstruimte de Melkfabriek 

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 

(Drawings, Process art & Painting) 


- Gruyter Walk

De Gruyter Fabriek

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

(Collaborative Paintings & Installation with Dylan van de Wal & Kasper van Tol) 


- Collab Collide Collapse 2nd edition

Werkwarenhuis Tramkade 

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 

(Collaborative Paintings with Eduard Linders) 

- Koorts 

AKV|St.Joost School of Art & Design 

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 

(Performance Art & Installation with Donna van Oorschot, Mitzi Schreuder, Merel Pouwels & Fabian van Brakel) 



Theater aan de Parade

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands





s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 

(Performance Poetry) 


- Collab Collide Collapse 1st edition

Kunstruimte de Melkfabriek 

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 

(Fashion Design & Mixed Media with Jolande van Lith) 

- Eind Examen Expo


Boxtel, The Netherlands



- Dutch Design Week


Eindhoven, The Netherlands

(Product Design) 


- Expo Academy of Fine Art & Design Aruba

Vertegenwoordiging van Nederland in Aruba building 

Oranjestad, Aruba

(Mixed Media)

Awards and Nominations

- Jheronimus Atelier Prize 2022 (JAP) winner
- Nominated for Bruning Brongersprijs 2022

Artist-in-Residence (AiR)

- AiR Willem Twee - 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 2022 - 2023

- Caribbean Linked VI - Oranjestad, Aruba 2022
- AiR Het Huis Utrecht - Utrecht, The Netherlands 2022

- Student AiR De Fabriek - Eindhoven, The Netherlands 2022



- "Justin Reinir Croes gekozen tot winnaar Jheronimus Atelierprijs"
DTV Nieuws

- "Justin Reinir Croes krijgt Bossche kunstprijs Jheronimus én gratis atelier"
Brabants Dagblad

- "Een steuntje in de rug voor jonge makers"
Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch

- "Dit zijn de winnaars van de Atelierprijzen​"
Punt Avans

- "Interview met Justin Croes"
Stichting STeC on YouTube

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