Education
2004-2008 Italian language and culture, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
1999-2004 Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (KABK), The Netherlands, Painting
1997 Primary training Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions
2017 National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) – Leiden,‘Le solitaire des ruines’
On Jean Emile Humbert, Camillo Borgia and Carthage (drawings)
2018 Tunis, On Jean Emile Humbert, Camillo Borgia and Carthage
(drawings)

2014 Archeological Museum Haarlem
2014 SANQUIN, Joghem Gallery
2013 National Museum of Antiquities (RMO), Leiden, for the Couperus and Antiquity exhibition

2012 Heemstede Municipal Hall
2012 Vanitas Gallery, Haarlem
2011 Haarlem Municipal Hall
2010 Engelmundus Church, Artist in residence, Velsen-Zuid’,
‘ The world is mainly a cage of Fools’, multidisciplinary project.
2010 VISHAL,’Nature´s Gift’ Haarlem, the small venue
2010 Kunstgang, University of Leiden
2010 Storing, Haarlem
2009 TIPITINA, Kunstlijn Haarlem
2008 TIPITINA, Kunstlijn Haarlem
2008 SANQUIN, Joghem Gallery Amsterdam
2007 TIPITINA, Kunstlijn Haarlem
2007 SPRMRKT, Amsterdam, for Amsterdam INSIDE DESIGN
2007 Kunstgang, University of Leiden
2006 AMSTERDAM CITY HALL
2006 Tipitina, Haarlem,
2005 SANQUIN, Joghem Gallery, Amsterdam
2004 RUIM gallery, Amsterdam, duo exhibition with Iris Frederix
2002-2003 La stanza del Re, Milan, Italy , Permanent exhibition
2001 Main-office SHELL, Amsterdam
2001 Kennemer Gasthuis (hospital), Haarlem

Group Exhibitions
2017 ‘Kunstenaars voor God’
, group exhibition contributors of cultural-satirical magazine ‘De God van Nederland’, Amsterdam
2017 ‘Neusje van de Zalm’, VISHAL, Haarlem
2017 
Biënnale“Kunst in de Heilige Driehoek”, The Netherlands.
First edition new modern art biënnale. Curator: Guus van den Hout

2016 SANQUIN Collection Jubilee exhibition, with works from all the nominees
2015
SANQUIN, exhibition for curator Bouke Bottelier
2014 Louis Couperus Museum, Psyche & Fidessa
2014 VISHAL, ‘De Visafslag’, exhibition & auction by Bubb Kuyper

2012 VISHAL, The eye of the storm
2010 VISHAL, De Mythen van het Atelier in collaboration with Teylers Museum. Exhibition & workshop by 10 contemporary painters.
2010 VISHAL, Kunstlijn Haarlem 25 YEARS
2009 VISHAL, Haarlem
2009 De Waag, Haarlem
2009 Municipal Hall, Heemstede
2008 Kunstlijn Haarlem, Phoenix 13
2007 Noordbrabants Museum
2007 Museum Jan van der Togt
2007 Kröller-Müller Museum
2007 ‘Pa’s Meubelshow’, Haarlem
2006 ‘VERSCHE VISCH’ , VISHAL, Haarlem
2006 Kunstlijn Haarlem/Raadhuis voor de Kunst, Velsen-Zuid
2006 Nutshuis & Villanuts Gallery, The Hague
2006 LIBRERIA BOCCA, Milan, Italy
2006 ‘Pa’s meubelshow’, Haarlem
2005 SANQUIN, Gallery Joghem, Amsterdam
2005 Kunstlijn Haarlem, ‘Het Hoofdkantoor’
2004 Kunstlijn Haarlem,’de Toonzaal’
2004 DEPART, Spui Theater,The Hague
2004 Final Exhibition KABK (Royal Academy), The Hague
2001 Kunstlijn Haarlem, ‘U ziet maar’
2000 Main theatre Rotterdam, Rotterdam Cultural capital of Europe
2000 Fietzenfabriek, Haarlem , ‘Pa’s Meubelshow

Illustration / Literature
(Novels, poems, short stories, articles, author portraits)
For a wide range of projects and publications EP has made author portraits of/has worked with the writings of :
Jean Pierre Rawie, Hans Dorrestijn, Hafid Bouazza, Pieter Steinz, Arnon Grunberg, Heleen van Royen, Kader Abdolah, Nelleke Noordervliet, Willem Elsschot, Vic van de Reijt, W.F. Hermans, Karel van het Reve, Nescio, Herman Gorter, Lucebert, Neeltje Maria Min et al.
Since 2012 she has been very busy working on the oeuvre of Dutch writer Louis Couperus, for various projects and publications.

De God van Nederland’, satirical, cultural and literary magazine:
EP is a regular contributor with a two-page drawing that shows her take on the issue’s theme. In which she effortlessly combines (art)history,  literature and satire.

Commissioned Portraits 2005-current
For privates, companies and institutions: adults, children, families, groups – but also animals.
For various projects EP potrayed several public figures such as: fashion designers Mart Visser, Tessa Koops, Sjaak Hullekes & Ilja Visser, opera singer Ernst Daniel Smid, writers Jean Pierre Rawie, Hans Dorrestijn, Hafid Bouazza, Pieter Steinz, Arnon Grunberg, Joost Zwagerman, Heleen van Royen, Kader Abdolah, Nelleke Noordervliet, Willem Elsschot, Vic van de Reijt, W.F. Hermans, Karel van het Reve, Nescio, George Sand, art curator Guus van den Hout et al.

Publications
2017 (aug) PARALLELLEN  (PARALLELS) -Elisa Pesapane & Jean Pierre Rawie.  -Drawings and poems on love and death. Published by De Carbolineum Pers, Belgium

2017 (nov) DE TOEKOMST (The future)
Published by MatchBoox: Collectors edition. Four handmade miniature booklets in a box.
Drawings and author portraits by Elisa Pesapane /Essays and short stories by Hafid Bouazza, Hans Dorrestijn, Vic van de Reijt and Pieter Steinz

2018 (verwacht)
Publication on ´Couperus in Afrika´ by Hatem Bourial, Tunisian Historian & publicist

Elisa Pesapane made a series of drawings on Couperus, Carthage and the Tunis Souk area to accompany this publication.

2016
‘Kunst in Bergen (N.-H.)’
– Published by MatchBoox: Collectors edition. Four handmade miniature booklets in a box: On the architecture, painting, literature , photography and other arts from Bergen (village renowned for its visual artists, writers, composers, architects, and more) .
Bob Polak (text), Elisa Pesapane (drawings) & Yolanda Huntelaar/ Werkplaats Amsterdam (graphic design).

2014
‘Elisa Pesapane Collection’ – Collectors edition for MatchBoox
Published by MatchBoox: Collectors edition. Four handmade miniature booklets in a box.
Drawings and author portraits by Elisa Pesapane /Short stories set in various countries by Kader Abdolah, Louis Couperus, Arnon Grunberg & Nelleke Noordervliet

2013
Arabesken Magazine/ Book for 150 years Louis Couperus

Contributions by writers such as: Cees Nooteboom, Pieter Steinz, Mensje van Keulen en Elsbeth Etty et al.
Contribution Elisa Pesapane: essay & drawing on ‘Psyche’

Work in collection
National Museum of Antiquities (RMO), Leiden
Louis Couperus’ ‘De komedianten’/ Louis Couperus’ ‘Iskander’
Louis Couperus’ ‘De verliefde ezel’/ Louis Couperus’ ‘De berg van licht’
Louis Couperus’ ‘Herakles’/all 50×40 cm, pencil on paper, 2012

Louis Couperus Museum, the Hague
Louis Couperus’ ‘Last Morning at Tibor’ , 2012, 50×40 cm, pencil on paper

WORLD FASHION CENTRE, Amsterdam
Designer Portraits – 10 Blow ups (1×1.5 m) of portraits drawings of leading Dutch designers: Mart Visser, Percy Irausquin, Ilja Visser, Daryl van Wouw, Sjaak Hullekes, Tessa Koops, DER KOMMISSAR, MLY Hermans, Sebastic, Sherida Augustin, EnD.
-SANQUIN COLLECTION, Amsterdam
’La danza Macabra’, 2004, 80×210 cm, oil on canvas
‘Outside the gates of the City of Dis’, 2009, triptych,70x80cm/70x160cm, oil on panel

Otto L. Schaap Collection, Amsterdam
Study For ‘The three graces’, 40×30 cm, pencil on paper
Study for ‘Gluttony’ , 40×40 cm, pencil on paper

Amsterdam Municipal Collection
‘The Harlequins’ pain’, 2005, 160×130 cm, oil on canvas

Private collections
Amsterdam, Den Haag, Heemstede, Waalre, Haarlem, Tilburg, Vienna, Sicily, Narni (IT), Milan, New York et al.

Illustration (magazines)
Illustrations and cover art for various magazines in The Netherlands and Belgium:
ELEGANCE, Schoon schip, Met andere Zinnen, Arabesken, De God van Nederland et al. /FASHION WEEK Amsterdam Magazine 2007
portraits of the leading Dutch fashion designers, such as: Mart Visser, Ilja Visser, Daryl van Wouw, Tessa Koops, Emily Hermans, Sjaak Hullekes et al.

Miscellaneous projects & assignments
2009 Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Poster in Haarlem for Kreon- Antigone
2002 SHELL Global Solutions, Amsterdam, Mural 20×2 m.
2001 Spaarne Gasthuis (hospital), Haarlem, Mural16x2 m.
2000 – 2003 Calendar, annual project for SET-PACK, Haarlem

Workshops children and adults 2007- current
EP writes cultural projects for schools & painting /art-history workshops for children and adults.
–  Children learn about art with the help of the old masters paintings , cultural heritage and literature in a playful and fun way.
– Workshops for adults: team building sessions, company outings etc.

Scholarships
2005 FESTIVAL FILOSOFIA‘SUI SENSI’
Scholarship for 10 masterclasses philosophy revolving around the festivals’ theme of the 5 senses. Modena, Italy. All participants got their scholarship by writing an article. I was the only one who got the scholarship through her artwork.

Nominations
2016 SANQUIN Collection jubilee prize, Amsterdam

Television
2007 “Sterren op het doek“. Dutch version of the BBC program “Star Portrait”

Artist in Residence
2010 Engelmundus Church, Velsen-Zuid
‘The world is mainly a cage of Fools’, multidisciplinary project by Elisa Pesapane