Sieb Posthuma Passed Away

Sieb Posthuma Passed Away

Illustrator, writer and designer Sieb Posthuma has passed away on Sunday 3 August 2014 in Amsterdam, his place of residency. He was 54 years old. Posthuma designed the set and costumes for Coppelia, a production by Dutch National Ballet.

Ted Brandsen, director of Dutch National Ballet, on behalf of the management and employees of Dutch National Opera & Ballet: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sieb Posthuma. We knew Sieb as an inspiring artist and a great person. We greatly enjoyed working together on the successful production of Coppelia at Dutch National Ballet. We will miss him very much. We express our condolences to Ton, family and friends.’

Press quotes on Coppelia

‘This classical ballet of 1870 has undergone a dazzling make-over, with Posthuma as aesthetic surgeon’ – De Volkskrant

‘Fantastic images’- De Telegraaf

Coppelia has an overwhelming appearance’ – NRC Handelsblad

A scene from Coppelia.


Sieb Posthuma (Rotterdam, 1960) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In the mid-nineties he started illustrating books and picture books. His first publication was a self-written and illustrated picture book for children, about his own Fox Terrier Rintje, and was published in 2001. That same year, he began writing stories about Rintje accompanied by illustrations, which were published weekly in NRC Handelsblad. More picture books and story colelctions followed soon, as well as theatre shows about Rintje, produced in collaboration with Ton Meijer.

Posthuma also worked with Princess Laurentien on a book series about Mr Finney, and created several picture books with Ted van Lieshout. In a collaboration with Marjet Huiberts, Posthuma developed a series about Aadje Piraatje, and in honour of the crowning of King Willem Alexander in 2013, he worked with Francine Oomen on a booklet called Wat zou jij doen als je koning was? (‘What would you do if you were king?’).

Posthuma’s work has been published in the United States, China, Japan, France, Brazil, Italy, Denmark and Germany, among others, and was exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Posthuma received a Vlag en Wimpel – an honourable mention – for children’s books Rintje (in 2002) and Peter and the Wolf (in 2005). In 2007 he received a Silver Pencil for Feodoor Has Seven Sisters, and a Golden Pencil for his story collection Up in a Green Lime Tree Sat a Big, Fat Rooster in 2009. Following in 2012 was a Vlag en Wimpel for Aadje Piraatje and again a Golden Pencil, for the illustrations in A Pond Full of Ink, which is a selection of Annie M.G. Schmidt’s children’s poems.

Portrait picture by Doris Poklekowski
Scene picture by Angela Sterling

(Source: De Volkskrant)