director of the Speerstra Gallery
Graffiti and Street Art collector
For willem Speerstra, his work as a art collector and galerist, is characterized by a genuine bond of trust and friendship between him and his artists. He dedicates his entire professional life towards the diffusion of graffiti and street art and it's integration into the art market and therefore in the History of Art. "Immersed at 11 into Graffiti Art and gazing at writers from the New York City old School period (1975-1985) , Willem has never changed direction, and acts for the promotion of his icons. While outsides to this underground mouvement couldn’t imagine it possible to intruduce graffiti art in a permanent space facing at first the Picasso Museum in Paris and today the Geneva lake in Switzerland. Speerstra succeeds by raising tags and letters to the noble raw art, in a formal context."
Today the Speerstra Gallery exhibits works from internationally renowned artists from the early 70's and from todays younger generations.