Galerie Ron Mandos proudly present Best of Graduates 2022, the fifteenth edition of the annual exhibition bringing together the work of the most promising young artists based in the Netherlands. To celebrate the fifteenth jubilee edition, we have designed a special program with festive events.

The entire Galerie Ron Mandos team and Best of Graduates curator Radek Vana travelled through the Netherlands to visit the graduate shows and scout the talents of this year. The participants of Best of Graduates 2022 are:

ArtEZ, Arnhem:
Frida Berntsen

St. Joost School of Art & Design, Breda:
Sophie Engels, Fedrik Vaessen

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam:
Suzanne Adelmeijer, Jiyan Düyü, Pedro Cunha Kastelijns, Romina Koopman, Sveske Ourø, Anton Shebetko

HKU, Utrecht:
Eline Boerma, Bobbi Essers, Sjoerd van der Heyden

KABK, The Hague:
Kwadwo Amfo, Johnny Mae Hauser, Katarina Head,  Maarten Krol, Marcos Kueh, Ben Maier, Nurul Ain Binti Nor Halim, Menno Pasveer

Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam:
Jasper van den Ende, Ellis Holman, Kamiel Scholten


Best of Graduates 2022 offers a platform to recently graduated talents from art academies in the Netherlands and introduces them to the world of galleries, collectors and curators. The exhibition is a must see for art lovers and professionals who would like to discover a new generation of talented artists.

Participants of Best of Graduates are eligible to win the Ron Mandos Young Blood Award, the Residency Award, the Photo Talent Award, and the Public Choice Award. Work by the winning artist of the Ron Mandos Young Blood Award will be placed in the permanent collection of Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, a dream start for a recently graduated artist.

The Residency Award gives one emerging artist the opportunity to work on a new series of works for a period of six months on the domain of AVL Mundo – including support and guidance from the Young Blood Foundation and BRUTUS, a partner since 2021 and known as the foundation of Joep van Lieshout.

Work by the winner of the Photo Talent Award will be shown in the booth of Galerie Ron Mandos at Unseen Photography Fair Amsterdam in the following year. The Public Choice Award winner will be commissioned to make the official design of Best of Graduates 2023. This year’s design was created by Cas van der Steen, our winner from last year.


Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation

Best of Graduates is made possible by the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to offer a platform to young artists in the Netherlands. Through this platform we create an environment that cultivates and develops their talents.

Since 2008, Galerie Ron Mandos has been supporting young artistic talent by organizing the annual Best of Graduates exhibition. Here, the gallery highlights the best of each year’s graduating students and presents them to a large international public, as well as granting different kinds of prizes. In order to ensure a continuation of the tradition, and to continue offering a platform of this calibre to young, emerging artists, Ron Mandos has founded the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation.


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For questions about the exhibition or the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation, please contact our gallery manager Sheila Verdegaal via sheila@ronmandos.