Loet Vanderveen was born in Rotterdam, Holland. His home was very close to the zoo where during his early years, Loet spent a great deal of his time. It was during this period in his life that he developed his love for animals. At night, listening to the sound of the wild animals in the zoo, he would fantasize about safaris to Africa…fantasies which were eventually realized! Hours before the bombardment of Rotterdam, the Dutch army was ordered to destroy all of the dangerous species in the zoo. The animals were destroyed as well as his home and these events led Loet into a new phase of his life.

He escaped from occupied Holland and upon his arrival in England, he was decorated for valor by Queen Wilhelmia. He served in the R.A.F. during the war. During the first eleven years following the war he lived in Zurich, London and New York working as a fashion designer. He was not satisfied with his profession and a meeting with Fong Chow, then curator of the Far Eastern Department of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, led to private ceramic studies with Fong for the next three years. He learned a great deal about Chinese glaze techniques and applying fine glazes to the correct forms. This knowledge eventually led to applying patinas to bronze animal forms.

Mr. Vanderveen left New York and built a mountain top house and studio 1,600 feet above the Pacific Ocean along California’s remote Big Sur coastline. This environment was incredibly conducive to Loet’s creativity. His first years in Big Sur were spent working on architectural commissions of ceramic, sculptured walls and lighting. Living in a remote area where there was an abundance of wildlife coupled with his love for animals prompted Loet to create ceramic animal forms. Striving for a more sophisticated and graceful image, he ventured into designing animals in bronze. These designs are enhanced by a rich palette of subtle patinas. These uniquely stylized interpretations are appreciated by distinguished worldwide collectors.

Work Exhibited:

Art Museum-Cincinnati, Ohio

Art Museum-Syracuse, New York

Crocker Gallery Museum-Sacramento, California

De Young Museum-San Francisco, California

Hirschl Adler Galleries-New York City

Minneapolis Art Institute-Minneapolis, Minnesota

Museum of Art-Oakland, California

Museum of Contemporary Crafts-New York City

Pasadena Art Museum-Pasadena, California

Monterey Museum of Art-Retrospective-Monterey, California


Architectural Commissions:

U.S. National Bank-Omaha, Nebraska

Borax Building-Los Angeles, California

Bush Gardens-Van Nuys, California

Carthay Circle Building-Los Angeles, California

Church Leisure World-Seal Beach, California

Fireman’s Union Building-Los Angeles, California

First Hebrew Congregational Church-Salinas, California

Northern California Savings Bank-Santa Cruz, California

Northern California Savings Bank-Menlo Park, California

Northern California Savings Bank-Los Altos, California

Cuesta College-San Luis Obispo, California

San Bernadino College-San Bernadino, California


Private Collectors:

H.M. Queen Elizabeth                                        The King of Tonga

President and Mrs. Reagan                                Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Owings

King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz                                   Mr. A.J. Foyt

Mr. Barry Manilow                                              Ms. Elizabeth Taylor

President Suharto of Indonesia                          Mr. John D. Cabott Lodge

President Gerald Ford                                       Mr. Burt Reynolds

Mr. Arnold Schwartzenegger                              Sheik Yamany of OPEC

Ms. Martina Navratilova                                     Mr. Wilt Chamberlain

Prince Bendar Al Faisal                                      Jacques Cousteau Society

The Royal Belgium Zoological Society               Ms. Mary Tyler Moore

Federal Government of Switzerland                    Sultan of Oman

Mr. Wally Schira, Astronaut                                Mr. and Mrs. David Packard

Mr. Bill Cosby                                                   Senator Barry Goldwater



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