Peter Sweenen

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Utrecht School of Arts, Designer

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2023

    Peter Sweenen (NL) is an artist, mainly known for his artistic animations, like Animation Has No Borders (, He Almost Clutched His Hand ( and the 25th ISEA Celebration Animation (


    Peter Sweenen, Born 1951, Amsterdam, lives in Bussum, NL. Designer, A-level tutor. Taught animation at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam; Minerva, Groningen; the American University, Washington D.C.; Utrecht School of the Arts; Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Independent film maker since 1979, best known for “Animation has no Borders” (1986) and childrens TV series like “Kom we Gaan” (since 2005). Directed many commissioned films and commercials, visualisations, station calls, animated intros as well as educational animations. Distribution in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Yugoslavia. Work included at Festivals in France, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands. Won awards in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, and Hong Kong.


    Peter Sweenen is a visual artist, independent and commissioned filmmaker and television producer. He is an A-level tutor at the Rotterdam Academy for Art & Design, of the Utrecht School of Arts and visiting professor at Scan (Groningen), the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), the American University (Washington DC), and the Animation Workshop (Viborg, Danemark). He has created logos and animated intros, notably for SISEA and for the Foundation for Contemporary Improvised Music, both in 1990, and created many films, among which Crucifix (’78), Bite (’80), Almost Clutched his Hand (’82), Animation has no Borders (’86) and Snert (’91).

    SISEA (1990)

    Peter Sweenen (Netherlands) is a visual artist, whose animated films have won international prizes. For example: Animation has no Borders


Last Known Location:

  • Bussum, Netherlands


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