Portraits of Bonaire
is a bilingual book (English/Dutch) with 16 painted and written portraits of remarkable men and special women of Bonaire. They all lived a long time on the island and don't intend to leave their beloved insula ever. The collection of the portraits form a bouquet of the rich culture and beautiful nature of the island Bonaire. A beautiful coffee table book with the art of Henk Roozendaal
There is a preface written by one of the former governors of the island, Raymundo Saleh and a forword by Jan Beutener, a well-known painter from Amsterdam.
By Henk Roozendaal and Guus Gerritsen
Hard cover with linen, 28x28cm, 108 pages.
Published by Snoeck, Ducaju & Zoon in Gent, Belgium.
(the Netherlands, 1947) settled in Bonaire with wife Herma and son Boy in 1999, after a career as an advertising creative. Here, he took up his old beloved hobby: drawing and painting. In a short time, he developed a style of his own as painter of murals.
The next step became painting portraits with acrylic on large wooden panels. In 2002, together with author Guus Gerritsen, he produced the book Portraits of Bonaire.
(the Netherlands, 1938), has been living in Bonaire with his wife Nita since 1998. They settled on the island after a couple of visits and an ocean crossing on their sailing yacht Aeolus.
In Bonaire, Guus is a well-known jazz saxophonist, and he is co-founder of the Jazz Club Bonaire. Before settling in Bonaire, Guus finished a career as management consultant. During this period, he wrote various publications. The written portraits in book Portraits of Bonaire are based on interviews with the persons concerned and on the personal experience of the author.