Esmée Winkel

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Esmee Winkel
It is the extraordinary world of plants that inspires Esmée Winkel in her art. Plants tell intriguing stories, from rare orchids growing in tropical rain forests to plants that are key to the survival of many living organisms on Earth. With her botanical art she aims at capturing those stories on paper, and share the sheer beauty of plants and their enormous variety in form and colour.

About Esmée Winkel:

Growing up on the Caribbean island Curaçao, Winkel developed a vast interest in nature. She moved to the Netherlands to study Biology at the Leiden University. After having received her BSc degree she studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design and Maastricht University, taking a course in Master Scientific Illustration. She has been working part time as a botanical artist for Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Dutch research institute and Natural history museum in Leiden. You will also find her drawing unique plants at the Hortus botanicus Leiden as well as out in the field.


2021 Margaret Flockton Award, First Prize
2018 Gold Medal, Royal Horticultural Society, London
Margaret Flockton Award, Second Prize
ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art
Honourable mention, Hermine van Bers Beeldende Kunstprijs
Gold Medal, Royal Horticultural Society, London
Jill Smythies Award, The Linnean Society of London
Gold Medal, Royal Horticultural Society, London
Gold Medal, Biscot, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012 Jury award, ‘Focus on Nature’, New York State Museum, USA

Public collections:

Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library, UK.
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, US.
New York State Museum
, US.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Netherlands.
Hortus botanicus Leiden
, the Netherlands.