“My work is about entering into a different world by creating space for my memories and reinterpreting these. What has been lost, I try to recover but not only that. I want to reinvent and retell these impressions in a new way and through the recreative act of making art. 

 Each painting draws upon a theme or memory of simple everyday experiences of the life in Yemen which I experienced as a child living there.

By combining images and different painting techniques I redefine my memory to create new imaginary kaleidoscopic colorful and all together a different world that invites other people in.

My work is both figurative as well as abstract in form. I apply various techniques such as fine painting, linoleum stencils and applying transparent layers of stains to create a feeling of depth.

The acrylic paints are generally used for the backgrounds and the patterns whereas the oil paints are applied for glazing and for the finer and real to life figurative details.”



Stefanie Wierda is a visual artist based in the Netherlands. She works with mixed media of acrylic and oil paint. Her work explores the theme of remembrance and is strongly influenced by the culture of the Middle East.

Her work draws inspiration from people, architecture, plants, animals, patterns and ornate decorations  that are so unique and characteristic for Yemen where she lived during her childhood.

She at studied part-time at the The Liberal Art School of The Hague (2010-2011) and earned her degree at The Fine Arts Academy of Haarlem-Leiden.

Stefanie’s work is both figurative and abstract in form. Forms from Yemeni architecture are often reflected in her work.

She has exhibited her work in the cities of Lisse, Haarlem and in The Hague.

10.11.2021 Pop-up Exposition Korte Vijverberg 2, The Hague

New art exposition 10 – 24 November 2021

Together with artist Maggia Swets, I will be organizing an art exhibit.


20.02.2020 Pop-up Exposition Korte Vijverberg 2, The Hague

Together with Simone Mooyekind, Stefanie Wierda co-hosted an artexhibition from 20 February – 1 March 2020 at the Korte Vijverberg 2, in The Hague.

20.06.2019 Joint art exhibition at the CAK, The Hague

Joint art exhibition of the winning Art Prize contestants;Patrick Hamer, Xander Rijkee and Stefanie Wierda at the CAK, in The Hague

05.06.2019 Final Exam Exposition at the Haarlem Leiden Art Academy, Haarlem.

5 juni 2019 – Final exam art exposition of 2018/2019 at the Haarlem Leiden Art Academy.

11.03.2019 Public prize award at the Art Congres West at Pulchri Studio, The Hague

Monday March 11, 2019 I participated in the Art Congress with Perspective of the West region in the Netherlands. 30 Artists were invited to participate and were given a platform to exhibit work at Galerie Pulchri Studio in The Hague. The entries were judged by an art committee consisting of Marijke Geméssy (Pulchri Studio), Peter Jonkers (Business Art Service) and Sander du Floo (visual artist and winner of the 2014 Art Congress).

The artworks We are soldiers by Patrick Hamer and Tea wisdom by Xander Rijkee were selected as winning works by the jury. To my great joy, the public chose my work Dreamer as the third winner. Together with the other two winning artist, I was awarded the prize of a traveling exhibition. A selection of our work was exhibited at CAK in The Hague.

28.10.2017 - Art Exposition, Lisse

28 October 2017 – Art  Exposition organized by the Soroptimistclub Lisse-Bollenstreek & Rotaryclub Hillegom-Lisse