Clary Mastenbroek , Born Hilversum ,the Netherlands.
Studied at Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam.
Commissions prints: etchings, lithographies, drawings for newspapers and magazines.
Illustrations Kijk ns in de la(Marga Minco)1976, reprinted in 1984 and 1995.(publisher Bezige Bij).
Teacher Academy of Art Minerva, Groningen 1981 – 1985.
Member Fuji Art Association 1984 -1994.
Created Natural History Cabinet at Nijssinghhuis 1994 -2007, 60 wall + 5 door panels and designed the mirror. (part of museum De Buitenplaats,Eelde).
Created over twenty folding screens in different sizes.
Moving to Ireland 1994 (with Wout Muller).
Art in collections;
Museum de Buitenplaats,
Gemeente museum Arnhem,
Collection Van Lien-Put,
Museum De Markiezenhof
Lives and works at Fairbrook House, a former mill in Kilmeaden.
County Waterford where she opened her own museum in 2003.
Mastenbroek designed and laid out her unique garden between ruins of the former mill. (garden and museum open during summer)
In 2005 published “Fairbrook, een nederlandse kunsttempel in ierland”
(publisher van Soeren Amsterdam)
In 2007 punblished “Fairbrook, from woollen mill to a work of art” (publisher van Soeren, Amsterdam)
Main writer of Wout Muller, Zijn Paradijs, 2002 (His Paradise, publisher Waanders, Zwolle).
One of the characters of her work is the merging of unexpected and unconventional elements in compositions that possess their own logic. They have not been dreamt up or invented, they originate in the process of painting and define themselves in the growing painted constellation and eventually give rise to an imagine that however strange strikes a familiar note.
Since her childhood Mastenbroek (a sailors daughter) is collecting shells, insects(who brought her father)and skeletons. They are playing an important part as is the female body with the attributes to complete her story.