Maartje van Nimwegen was born in Rotterdam and has lived in Delft, Haarlem, The Hague, Antwerp and Amsterdam. She graduated from Amsterdam’s Rietveld Academy in 2003 and now works as a freelance art director / designer. She likes her work to be about people in groups and their common interests. Her own interests include, but aren’t limited to: sausage dogs; Twin Peaks; musicals; water parks; gabber punk; brides (though she swears she’ll never get married); martial arts and Bas Rutten; Illuminati; The internet; Yayoi Kusama; Bohemian Grove; Voices; Herb Lubalin; cakes, candy and food in general; gangster rappers; dogs; dots; collectors; and Chloe Sevigny.
These interests influence the job Maartje does, focusing on art direction, graphic design and fashion. This combination gives her an eclectic portfolio. Holding on to a concept is the most important aspect of her work, whose clients include Marjan Pejoski (fashion designer); Coolpolitics; 5daysoff (music festival); De Optimist (Digital Magazine); Kunstgebouw (Art & Culture Foundation); and Angelique Hoorn (Agency for stylists & hair and make-up).