It’s nice and quiet there, with the Northern light coming in and a view of the surrounding rooftops.

Henriette Boerendans studied art at the Kunst Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands, specializing in woodcut printing. She started out with landscapes, but concentrated more and more on making picture books. Her workshop is situated in an Amsterdam attic. It’s nice and quiet there, with the Northern light coming in and a view of the surrounding rooftops. There are gouges and chisels, and there’s an etching press weighing 500 kilograms that Henriette uses for printing. Printing is a singular form of art, time-consuming yet rewarding. In her woodcuts, Henriette always strives for harmony, strong compositions and a melancholy note.

Henriette’s apartment is underneath the workshop. She is single-handedly raising two children, Doesjka (2001) and Matthijs (2003), who provide excellent feedback for her work.

Henriette’s ideal picture book is a clear book that teaches young children in an unobtrusive way. She tries to incorporate elements of games in all of her books, like in her numbers book, in which animals and their footprints can be counted. According to her, young children are image thinkers, slowly being pushed into a language-based world. That’s why toddlers and preschoolers are her favourites. She hopes to speak to them in a language of imagery befitting this phase of their development, and to help them organize and expand their world through colours and shapes.



Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Painting, drawing, printing.
Witte Lelie, Amsterdam. Theory of education, history of art.


2017 | nomination Woutertje Pieterse Prijs, Monkey Bear Zebra
2016 | shortlist Nami Concours, South Korea, Sleeping animals
2016 | longlist Jan Wolkers Prijs, Monkey Bear Zebra
2014 | Vlag en Wimpel children’s book award, Zero is a strange number
2014 | IBBY Hounorlist, Zero is a strange number 
2003 | Kwak, Ronday, van Daalen Print Award
2002 | nomination Dutch Print Award
1998 | nomination Dutch Print Award

Public collections:

Queen Beatrix
Museum Prinsenhof Delft
Österbottens Museum, Finland
Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Mead Art Museum, Massachussetts, America
Amsterdam Courthouse
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
ING Bank

International exhibitions

2020 | Germany, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Bücherschau Junior, ausstellung Affe Bär Zebra
2019 | Bratislava, Slovakia, Biennale of illustrations
2019 | Beijing, China, Xuyuan International Print Biennial
2019 | Trois Rivieres, Québec , Canada, Biennale d’estampe contemporaine
2017 | Slovakia, Bratislava, illustration Biennial 
2017 | South Korea, Nami, Nami Concours
2016 | Germany, International Youth Library Munich, ABC books
2016 | China, travelling exhibition, Children’s Books
2016 | Slovakia, Bratislava, illustration Biennial
2016 | Japan, Tokyo, Itabashi Art Museum, Children’s books 
2016 | Japan, Ishikawa, Nanao Art Museum, Children’s books 
2015 | Italy, Bologna, Children’s Book Fair, Illustrators exhibition 
2012 | Austria, Graz, Literaturhaus Graz
2009 | Canada, Quebec, Shawanigan, Passport to Holland
2007 | Belgium, Liège, Modern and Contemporary Art Museum,  Print Biennial
2005 | Germany, Ludwigsburg, Contemporary woodcut
2003 | Canada, Quebec, Trois Rivières, Contemporary Print Biennial
1999 | Norway, Frederikstad, Print Triennial
1999 | Bulgary, Varna, Print Triennial
1998 | Finland, Vaassa, Österbottens Museum, Print Biennial
1998 | Slovenia Modern Dutch Graphics
1998 | Estland, Tallinn, Print Triennial
1997 | Japan, Sapporo, Museum of Modern Art, Print Triennial

Exhibitions in the Netherlands

2022 | Drukkerij Museum Meppel, solo
2022 | Kunstuitleen Gouda, solo
2022 | Galerie T Middelburg
2019 | Galerie Inkt Delft
2018 | Cultural Center Kek Beverwijk, solo
2018 | Galerie Inkt Delft
2017 | GAA, Alkmaar, solo
2017 | Galerie Ploeg, Amersfoort
2016 | Cultural Center de Meersse, Hoofddorp
2016 | Galerie Inkt Delft, solo
2014 | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, children’s Book Awards 
2013 | Museum Monnickendam, solo
2011 | Kunstenhuis, Amsterdam
2010 | Galerie Clement , Amsterdam, solo
2009 | Galerie Inkt, Delft, solo
2008 | Galerie Clement, Amsterdam, solo
2007 | Museum Voerman, Hattem
2006 | Prinsenhof Museum Delft Delft
2006 | Galerie Cerneus, Warder, solo
2005 | Galerie Beeldlijn, Amersfoort, solo
2004 | Galerie Beeldlijn, Amersfoort, solo
2003 | Art Center Zaanstad, solo
2002 | Galerie Inkt, Delft, solo
2002 | Museum Singer Laren, Printing Today
2001 | Prinsenhof Museum Delft
2001 | Galerie Beeldlijn, Amersfoort, solo
2000 | Museum Singer Laren, Printing Today


2019 | My daddy is bigger
2018 | Duckling
2016 | Monkey Bear Zebra
2015 | Sleeping animals
2013 | Zero is a weird number
2011 | Raven roe
2009 | Monkey bear cheetah