1940 - 2021
Born 1940, The Hague, Netherlands. Studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, 1958-1963. In 1967 he moved to Leiden. Arrived in New Zealand in 1986. Lived in Wellington from 1986 till 1998 residing in Henderson, Auckland.
Leon van den Eijkel exhibited widely in Europe, the USA and in New Zealand where he was represented in many major public and private collections including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Te papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.
For the past 28 years van den Eijkel produced lightboxes, sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations utiliising reflective surfaces and colours based on a continuing dialogue between his homeland and the Pacific.
In his later years he worked on his “Crosses”, “Windmills”, “Baubles”, “Urban Trees” Series and “Readymade Sculptures”.