Jorge Bakker is a visual artist with a background in architectural design.
He was born in 1973 in Cali Colombia, but grew up in the Netherlands  where he now lives and works in
Amsterdam.

After getting his BA in Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam in 2008, he completed
his MA in Applied Arts at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam in 2010.

Growing up with his adoptive parents from the age of six, he explored many interests from a young age,
including philosophy and photography. He later went to study

at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in
Amsterdam, of which especially its first year, the basic-year, proved to be an eye-opener. This first year
brought a whole new world of disciplines and introduced him to drawing, sculpting and spatial design.
Spatial design and working sculpturally became a revelation that moved previous methods, like photography,
to the background.
Following this pivotal multidisciplinary year, he pursued Atchitectural Design. His autonomous work method
was an interesting dilemma in what was essentially an applied arts department. His gratuation project
(Broken Light, 2009) was an installation that represented both fields and was somewhere in between applied
and autonomous.
'Broken Light'  was an installation that combined elements of an architectural model with the phenomenon of
light. This combination posed interesting questions about both architecture as well as nature.

He continued studying at the Applied Arts department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
Here he focused on drawing and sculptural work, both with a distinct architectural influence.
Architectural in its broadest context, meaning an elemental reaction to surroundings or elements - shelter, a home, introspection.
Having successfully finished studying at the Sandberg institute,  

he currently works in his studio on self-
initiated as well as commissioned sculptures and installations.

The quote from the German philosopher Martin Heidegger  "human, thrown into the world " is personally
touching and a defining force to Jorge Bakker.
The turmoil of the inability to have an authentic connection to the world is  a condition familiar to him
on a personal level, being an adopted person, but the question remains universal.
His sculptures investigate questions about the world and our place in it.

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