Gerrit Greve - Kim Treffinger

Gerrit Greve : Board member Synergy Art Foundation

Gerrit Greve is an acclaimed artist living in Cardiff by the Sea, California. Born in Indonesia, he is a third-generation Dutch colonial whose family moved to the Netherlands and later immigrated to the U.S., settling near Chicago. This multicultural exposure during his formative years has shaped both him and his art and informs many aspects of his work. Greve has been the subject of several television documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “Artists in Residence.” His paintings have been featured in many publications, including TIME Magazine. He is on the board of the Synergy Art Foundation and is currently administrating an Art for Healing program at Scripps Hospital Encinitas for local students that is in the process of being expanded county wide. The premise of this program is that students learn a tool for communication and sharing as well as technical artistic skills for self expressions. The results of their efforts are then available for patients and those who love and care for them.

What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?

"I would like to see a time in the near future when there is sufficient funding for staffing and to pay for the artists who give of their valuable time and creativity for a region-wide Art for Healing organization. The gift of art is a real way to make people feel better. It gives a lift to the spirit and relief from stress and pain."