Bio

Merly was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She has been living in Curaçao since 1970. Later on, she returned for her studies to Venezuela where she obtained her title of Civil Engineering. In her native country Merly was always interacting with art, she took piano lessons at the conservatory of music. Later on in Curaçao, which became her home, she took painting, drawing and ceramic lessons at the “Art Academy of Curaçao”

Often painted scenes represent Curacao, this is very important to me, since we are in the era of globalization and with my art I would like to maintain the culture, customs and traditions of our island,

Curaçao. Merly is also known for her work in mixed media and nudity. Some of her art can be observed at the Governors house, the House of Culture Curacao, at the “Tula” Museum and other instances on the island.

Curriculum

Studies/Training

1986 Civil Engineering. Universidad Rafael Urdaneta (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

 

Courses

2007 Basic study of Museology, (Foundation House of Culture "Fundashon Kas di Kultura (Curacao)

2000 Drawing, Painting & Ceramics (Art Academy Foundation Curaçao)

1994 Introduction AutoCAD, (University of the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao)

1992 Knowledge of Dutch, (Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

1990 “Computer Operation at Centro Electronico de idiomas I computacion, (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

1986 Chinese Painting at the Center of Chinese Culture (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

1986 "Inspection of works, level 1, Centro de Ingenieros del Estado Zulia (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

1969 Theory and sol-fa, piano and history of music, (Music Conservatory "Jose Luis Paz" (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

 

Projects

2015 Workshop given at Foundation House of Culture (Fundashon Kas di Kultura Korsou), (Curaçao) - “Mi ke ekspresa mi mes”

 

2002 Landhuis Hel (Faces of the Senior League baseball champions, (Curaçao)

 

 

Duo- Exhibitions

2010 Foundation House of Culture "Fundashon Kas di Kultura” (Curaçao)

 

Exhibitions

2017 “Isla i Arte den nos Bida”, Curacao Museam, (Curaçao)


2016 Art X Exhibition, (Curaçao)

2016 Exhibition “Desaroyo”, Korpodeko, (Curaçao)


2015 Exhibition at Sambil, (Curaçao)

2015 Open Atelier Route 2015, (Curaçao)

2013 Exhibition “Libertat”, 150 year abolition of slavery Foundation House of Culture (Fundashon Kas di Kultura Korsou), (Curaçao)

2013 Exhibition “50 hours life” a fundraising event with Rotary Club, (Curaçao)

2013 Exhibitions, Anansi Masters, Foundation House of Culture (Fundashon Kas di Kultura Korsou), (Curaçao)

2012 Exhibition “A Breast or Two”, International breast cancer awareness, Mon Art Gallery, (Curaçao) 

2012 Exhibition in commemoration of the international women's day. Foundation House of Culture (Fundashon Kas di Kultura), (Curaçao)

2011 Exhibition in commemoration of the international women's day. Foundation House of Culture (Fundashon Kas di Kultura), (Curaçao)

2011 "Art music and dance expressed by us” National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management ,(NAAM), (Curaçao)

2010 Exhibition at the Venezuelan Consulate, (Curaçao)

2010 Fire Festival dedicated to Curacao and Permambuco, (Cuba)

2007 Fundraising Auction at Bistro Le Clochard, (Curaçao)

2007 "Princess Wilhelmina Fund" at Gallery Alma Blou , (Curaçao)

2007 "It's all about woman", (International Women's Day) Galleria Alma Blou (Curaçao)

2006 Algu nunka bisto" (Opening of Gallery Alma Blou at Landhuis Habaai (Curaçao)

2005 “Nos ta bai Hulanda" at Kas di Alma Blou (Curaçao)

2005 Hotel Breezes - Exibition Adeck (Curaçao)

2004 Aqualectra Culture Week (Curaçao)

2000 “Akademia di Arte Korsou” (Art Academy of Curaçao), November

2000 “Akademia di Arte Korsou” (Art Academy of Curaçao), June

1990 Centro Venezolano Americano (Venezuela)

 

 

Publications

2016 Newspaper Amigoe Express, “The different Cultures of Curaçao inspire me everyday”, (Curaçao)

2014 Book, Imago Mundi” Luciano Benetton Collection (Caribbean together Apart)

2013 Newspaper Amigoe (ῆapa), “ Zo wil ik zijn een mens” (Maart), (Curaçao)

2013 Dutch Caribbean Art Diary (Curaçao)

2011 Dutch Caribbean Art Diary (Curaçao)

2011 Newspaper La Brújula, “ Cierre con broche de oro Siman de Kultura en NAAM” (October), (Curaçao)

2011 Newspaper Amigoe, “Art music and dance expressed by us” (September) (Curaçao)

2011 Newspaper La Brújula, “Merly Trappenberg” (April), (Curaçao)

2010 Newspaper El Periódico, “Latinos Emprendedores” (September), Curaçao

2010 Newspaper Amigoe (ῆapa), “Onze Vrouwen Vertellen” (May), (Curaçao)

2010 Newspaper Extra, “Nos Muhenan” (May), (Curaçao)

2010 Newspaper Extra, “Trabou duru ta paga” (May), (Curaçao)

2010 Newspaper Antiliaans Dagblad, “Vrouwelijk Schoon” (May), (Curaçao)

2010 Dutch Caribbean Art Diary (Curaçao)

2008 Book, The House of the Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (A walk between the Antillean and Dutch art (Curaçao)

2005 Magazine`, "Mulina" (Aqualectra) (Curaçao)

2004 Magazine`, "Mulina" (Aqualectra) (Curaçao)

2002 Newspaper Ultimo Noticia, (November), (Curaçao)

2002 Newspaper Bala, Kampeonnan di Senior-League (November) (Curaçao)

2002 Newspaper Extra, Nos kampeon-nan (November), (Curaçao)

2000 Newspaper Ultimo Noticia, “Closure Art Academy” (June), (Curaçao)

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