08 January 1936
; Amsterdam, Netherlands *
1960 - 2014
Hubertine Heijermans was born in Amsterdam on the 8th of January in 1936. She was 15 when she took her first painting lessons with Jos Rovers from 1951- 1954. In 1955 Heijermans won a scholarship for the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam; there she worked with professor Gé Röling (1904-1981) and Jan Wiegers. In 1956 she met Nils Tellander, born in Holland, but a volunteer in the British Army during the second world war. They got married in September 1958 and settled in Switzerland in Chailly-Lausanne, where in 1960 their son Anian was born.
In 1968 Heijermans entered the American high school Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy, the European section of Arts and Sciences in River Forest, illinois USA. Villa Schifanoia stood on the heights of San Domenico di Fiesole. Her etching teacher Swietlan Kraczyna found a studio for her in a Florentine palazzo near Ponte Carraia at the river Arno. In 1972 Heijermans won the Premio Brunellesco (a Florentine prize for painters, sculptors and other artists) with a series of seven oil paintings, honored by Piero Bargellini, the Mayor of Florence.
In 1972 Heijermans returned to Villars in Switzerland, taking with her the 200 kilogram etching press from Bendini-Bologna. The couple Tellander divorced in 1973; her husband Nils Tellander remained in Lausanne. He died in 2001 in the South of France. Hubertine Heijermans continued to live and work in the canton Vaud in Switzerland, a Pre-Alp region. There she made many etchings and photo-etchings of the Swiss landscape, Swiss villages, farm-houses, barns and the rural architecture in a rather detailed and recognizable manner, until 1988. Moreover she made many colorful watercolor paintings on paper of the same subject. Hubertine Heijermans never stopped painting with oils, in particular during the winter months spent in Spain from 1996- 2006 and in Bages in the South of France during the year 2006. In Holland she always worked with watercolor or oil paint during the summer, from 1983 until 1999. Her teacher in photo-etching and heliography was the wellknown printmaker Luis Camnitzer from Pratt's Institute, New-York. In Spain she received valuable instruction for watercolor from Jesus Peñarreal.
The Museum Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland keeps over 80 of her etchings and aquatint prints in the 'Cabinet d'Estampes'. The Museum Elysée in Lausanne has 45 of her 'héliogravures à grain'. In Venlo, The Netherlands the museum Bommel-van Dam keeps 23 of her etchings. Hubertine Heijermans exhibited in Swiss Vouvry at a historical occasion of the 'Château de la Porte du Scex'. The original copperplate of her etching of the castle of Aigle and other of her art-works are kept in the castle.