Cees was born in The Netherlands and settled in Australia after completing his Teachers and Business Management Studies. He studied fine arts in The Hague and Rotterdam. He is well known for his excellent drawing skills and uses watercolour, charcoal, graphite, and ink in his work.
Cees draws and paints unique images of life as it exists or happens around him. He uses both traditional and contemporary styles in a unique blend of energy, life, light, movement, texture, and emotion. Many of his paintings contain a deeper meaning and show multi-layered facets, challenging the viewer to examine the artwork in greater detail.
Cees believes that an ideal artwork must appear to have a life of its own. It should respond to the viewer's mood and emotions and continue to offer change variety and engagement.
The artist's CV includes teaching visual arts at TAFE Colleges, the Brisbane Arts Academy, Grafton Arts Fest, the University of Southern Queensland at Toowoomba (McGregor Winter School) and the Charles Sturt University at Bathurst (Mitchell School of Arts).
In 2006 Cees started his own art school called ' Aquartists' (Academy of Queensland Artists). He regularly conducts workshops in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, and also takes artists on art tours overseas - including Greece, UK, New Zealand, Croatia, France and Italy.
Cees has featured in artist's magazines and other publications. He has been President of a number of art groups, including The Watercolour Society of Queensland Inc. in Brisbane.
Cees has won various art prizes and has held both solo and mixed exhibitions locally and overseas. One of Cees' most prestigious commissions has been covering fourteen "Stations of the Cross" for a major Catholic Church in Brisbane.