The street fighter (2019) Vera Nederlof

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

In the spring of 2019, a mural was painted by Vera Nederlof on the corner of Boezemstraat and Boezemdwarsstraat, on a white facade. Nederlof mainly makes drawings of boxers and also draws live during boxing matches. She herself is an avid boxer and made this work out of a fascination for the sport and history of Crooswijk, the neighborhood where two important boxing schools are still located. The street fighter is a meter-high portrait of a combative boxer in a typical boxing position; slightly bent forward, right fist up to protect the face, and legs placed behind each other. He seems to challenge passing passers-by to get closer.

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About the artist

Vera Nederlof (Dordrecht, 1969) studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. She was an independent graphic designer, but wanted to put more freedom and creativity into her work. After twenty-five years of design, she started drawing. She started drawing in the boxing school in the Zaagmolenstraat, where she also boxed. Nederlof paints a lot with ink. She often paints 'boxers' and 'live boxing impressions' during boxing matches.

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Boezemdwarsstraat 47, 3034 EP Rotterdam, Netherlands