Margreet Wielemaker-Postma was born in the city of Leiden, in The Netherlands in 1954. As a young girl she started taking lessons from a local artist, Frans Naerebout, who had an open studio every week. This lasted 6 years giving her a head start in lots of different techniques.
She started her studies in the University of Amsterdam in 1973 and in 1979 left for Costa Rica with her husband Frans, who is an tropical agricultural engineer.
Margreet has continued to develop her art and find ways to use all the different (and limited) materials she was able to find in her new country. She was able to take various courses in a wide range of subjects: 5 years of wood sculpture with Costarrican artist Mario Parra, metal soldering, 6 years of silver smithing, repoussé, enameling, resins, design and marketing.
She has become well versed in a wide range of art techniques, and her art truly defines the term “mixed media”, since it includes sculpture in wood and clay, design, fiber and textiles, painting, glass work, and soldering and construction in metals and found objects.
Her work is playful and full of humor. It makes people look twice with its visual ambiguities. “ My art invites people to look at the world and really see it: all the shapes and forms that nature gives us, the rhythm and movement of the people around us and the surprises that are everywhere if only the really look. My work presents those everyday objects and movements in different combinations, taken out of proportion or formed out of unusual and recycled materials”.
The artist has participated in numerous collective exhibitions and has had quite a few individual shows in museums and cultural centers, both national and international, from Costa Rica. (See list of expositions/ CV on this page) Margreet’s works of art are in private collections in countries as far apart as the US and New Zealand, Holland and Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark and Brazil among others.