Multi-disciplinary, sculpture, painting, drawing, performance art, murals, audience engagement, community, outdoor art installations, figurative, colorful,

David Bade

(1970, Willemstad, Curaçao)


Assembling is the keyword to describe the works of contemporary and multi-disciplinary artist David Bade. In his work additions are important. If it is people, materials, stuff or subjects, Bade keeps adding more.


Artist David Bade creates figurative and contemporary artworks; drawings, paintings, sculptures, and (outdoor) installations. He also gives community art workshops with lots of audience engagement.
A multitude of objects, materials, and techniques find a place within the installations and sculptures. From sofa’s to old clocks, from styrofoam to wood to plastic and from rubber to dried plants. Bade’s work is full of contradictions. It is colorful, chaotic and funny, it criticizes, challenges and mocks.


In his second hometown, Curaçao, he founded in 2006 (together with artist Tirzo Martha) the Instituto Bueno Bista (IBB), an art education program for young talents. It is at the edge of a mental health hospital and there is a mix of inspiration between the students, guest-teachers, and patients.


David Bade is also involved in the project ‘All you can Art’. This long-standing collaboration from 2015 with Kunsthal Rotterdam and is focussed on meeting and exchange.

Education & Residencies

1991 – 1993 | De Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem, Netherlands

1981 – 1991 | Teachers degree at Hogeschool Holland in Diemen, Netherlands


2010 | Sikkensprijs

1993 | Prix de Rome for drawing


2018 | With Kers Gallery at SCOPE Miami, USA

2015 | ‘Kamabade 2’ at Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014 | ‘Monument voor het verlies’ at Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen, Netherlands

2013 | ‘White Out’ at Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010 | ‘Catch of the Day’ at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands

2009 | ‘Les Moments du Sabbatiques’ at Gallery Eric Mircher in Paris, France

2010 | ‘Catch of the Day’ at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands


  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Centraal Museum Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Bonnefantenmuseum Oss
  • Centraal Museum Maastricht
  • Collection Sonnabend Bosten, USA
  • Achmea KPMG Curaçao
  • S.M.A.K Gent, Belgium
  • Musée d’Art Moderne at d’Art Contemporain Nice, France
  • NOG Insurances Collection
  • Peter Stuyvesant Collection
  • Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Netherlands