Maurice van Valen, founder
Maurice van Valen studied law in the Netherlands and in the United States and practiced law in Amsterdam, New York, and London before he founded a corporate law firm, Heron Legal, in the Netherlands. He co-owned a gallery for contemporary art in Amsterdam and Los Angeles in the 2000’s. Maurice van Valen started collecting art in his teenage years.
In the decades since, he built a rich and diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. His interest and motivation for his activities in the art world is driven by his contacts with artist, museums, institutions and kindred spirits. Over the last two decades, he has donated parts of his collection to many museums in the Netherlands, such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. In 2020, he founded April in Paris.
Evi Vingerling, founder
Evi Vingerling was born in Gouda, the Netherlands but moved as a young child to the United States. She returned to her home country to attend art school at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague from where she graduated in 2002. From 2005 to 2007 she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and in 2011 she was invited for a residency at Wiels in Brussels. In 2012 she has been granted the Royal Award for Painting.
Vingerling has exhibited widely within the Netherlands and abroad, and her work is represented internationally in both private and museum collections such as the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Evi is represented by tegenboschvanvreden in Amsterdam and Kristof De Clercq gallery in Ghent, Belgium.
Maria Tanbourgi, gallery manager
Maria Tanbourgi studied Art History at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. After writing her Master Thesis on the influences of neo-classical and modern painting on contemporary photography, she worked as curatorial assistant at the municipal gallery Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany, where she was responsible for the creation and realization of two group exhibitions with international artists. She then developed expertise in the commercial art sector as gallery director for Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Germany. After moving to the Netherlands, Maria worked with the gallery twelve twelve, The Hague and with the corporate collection of the European Patent Office, The Hague. Her early passion for contemporary art led her to run several project spaces and exhibitions with mainly young talents and with focus on interdisciplinary exchange. She is an author of several catalogue texts and served as an invited speaker at several exhibitions.