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"¿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

Education

 

Bachelor in Fine Art

St. Joost School of Art & Design

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Stand, Shop and Decor Designer

SintLucas

Boxtel, The Netherlands

Preparatory course

Academy of Fine Arts and Design Aruba

Oranjestad, Aruba

2022

2021

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2019

2018

2017

2014

(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)

- SOLOSOCIAL

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)  

 

- GAZE 

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) 

 

- BEHIND REALITY

Theater aan de Parade

's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

(Drawings) 

 

- G EH ALTE

Tramkade

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

SiNTLUCAS

Boxtel, The Netherlands

(Sculpture) 

 

- Dutch Design Week

SiNTLUCAS

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

 

Publications

- "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