Greta Cune was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and has spent a large part of her life in different countries absorbing different cultures. She spent many of her childhood years living in the United States of America followed by teenage and young adult years in Mexico. The experience of Mexico's colors, smells, atmosphere and people embedded a lasting effect in her life and attitude towards her work.
Cune's artwork is compiled of a diversity of techniques and mediums; photography, printmaking, collages, pen & ink, pencil, gouache, textile and oils and more recently, through an affinity with the written word an occasional text.
Reoccurring themes of trees, organic matter and 'memory' appear in her works. These works are predominantly two-dimensional. Although she does make the occasional large-scaled work, she prefers the intimacy of small to medium size carriers of canvas and paper that, when worked through, appear monumental in scale. Her most recent works combine painting with photographic images. The printed photographs, notations that reflect 'reality', continue beyond their physical borders by drawing and/or painting imaginary extensions.
Almost all that surrounds her offers a stream of inspiration. Her approach of tone, color and surface applications of medium explore and touch on visual sensations of 'depth'. The combination of personal experiences, nature, an array of mediums and her technical ability contribute towards a collection of sensitive intriguing works.
Greta Cune started as a student of Art History in Mexico when she was invited and received a scholarship to study Psychodrama in New York. After completing her study she settled first in Mexico and then in The Netherlands where for six years she developed and taught a course 'On Viewing Art' to final year, pre-university secondary education, students and worked for years as a psychotherapist. She returned to the arts and completed a bachelor and a pilot master study at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in The Netherlands. Cune graduated in 1991 and hasn't looked back. Since 2007 she is a member of Pulchri Studio, a painter's society that was established in 1847.
Cune has exhibited her works in solo exhibits at various locations around the world: Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Mexico City and in the United States at Purdue University N.C., Indiana and New York City. She participated in group-exhibits in Berlin, Tel Aviv, Chicago, Amsterdam and The Hague.
Alongside her artwork she is active in educational projects. As a volunteer she gives guided tours for children and adults. Cune spent 14 years as a volunteer at mr L. E. Visserhuis, an old age home in Scheveningen, developing art appreciation projects, holding painting sessions for groups and individual elderly people as well as functioning, for six years, as chairwoman for The Client Council, to assure that elderly rights were upheld. Cune contributes as a volunteer; as archivist in the library at the Sculpture Institute in Scheveningen and as a guide for school classes and elderly groups for the educational department at museum Beelden aan Zee. She has presented papers and given lectures on art themes in Universities, associations and organizations in The Netherlands and The United States of America.
Cune occasionally makes photo documentations, a small selection of which have been used for publications, as well as taken up in the archive, of the Museum Beelden aan Zee.
In a recent project, 'Kites for Kids', residents of The Hague, who originally came from different nations, submitted proverbs for artists to visualize into images on 150 giant kites. The kites were suspended in the atrium of The Hague town hall. For the Kites for Kids project Cune photographed full figure posing participants from the public, contributed two kites and participated as a committee member. Proceeds from the sale of the kites have gone to a children's organization.
Greta Cune lives in The Hague with her husband, the musician Arthur Cune. A nine-minute bike ride brings Cune from her home to the shore where she often goes to absorb, photograph and sketch impressions of the sea and dunes.
Greta Cune on receiving the invitation from the Ulster County Quadricentennial Celebration Arts Committee;
"To participate in the Hudson River 400 Arts Celebration commemorating Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River offers me an opportunity to show my work at the Pritzker Gallery and the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery. As an artist-in-residence at the Woodstock School of Art at Woodstock in New York, I will be able to delve into, for me, an unexplored area of relationships of word and image. I hope to be able to explore how words could be incorporated and integrated into my artwork. I intend to absorb the environment of the Hudson River Valley and have whatever 'impact of the moment' merge with previous acquired background information; preferably, bringing inspiring new impulses to my work. I intend to travel on and along sections of The Hudson River (including where Henry Hudson voyaged) and to explore, on the spot and in the studio, ways to interpret: depth, reflections, banks, texture, flows and other elements of water through images and words."