Architectural Commissions

Private Collectors

Work Exhibited

  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth

  • The King of Tonga

  • President and Mrs. Reagan

  • Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Owings

  • King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz

  • Mr. A.J. Foyt

  • Mr. Barry Manilow

  • Ms. Elizabeth Taylor

  • President Suharto of Indonesia

  • Mr. John D. Cabott Lodge

  • President Gerald Ford

  • Mr. Burt Reynolds

  • Mr. Arnold Schwartzenegger

  • Sheik Yamany of OPEC

  • Ms. Martina Navratilova

  • Mr. Wilt Chamberlain

  • Prince Bendar Al Faisal

  • Jacques Cousteau Society

  • The Royal Belgium Zoological Society

  • Ms. Mary Tyler Moore

  • Federal Government of Switzerland

  • Sultan of Oman

  • Mr. Wally Schira, Astronaut

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Packard

  • Senator Barry Goldwater

Loet Vanderveen was born in Rotterdam, Holland. His home was very close to the zoo where during his early years, Loet spent a great deal of his time.  It was during this period in life that he developed his love for animals.  At night, listening to the sound of wild animals in the zoo, he would fantasize about safaris to Africa... Fantasies which were eventually realized!  Hours before the bombardment of Rotterdam the Dutch army was ordered to destroy all of the dangerous species in the zoo.  The animals were destroyed as well as his home and these events led Loet into a new phase in his life.

About the Artist

July 24, 1921 – May 9, 2015

He escaped from occupied Holland and upon his arrival in England he was decorated for valor by Queen Wilhelmia.  He served in the R.A.F. during the war.  During the first eleven years following the war he lived in Zurich, London and New York working as a fashion designer.  He was not satisfied with his profession and a meeting with Fong Chow, then curator of the Far Eastern Department of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, led to private ceramic studies with Fong for the next three years.  He learned a great deal about Chinese glaze techniques and applying fine glazes to the correct forms.  This knowledge eventually led to applying patinas to bronze animal forms.

Mr. Vanderveen left New York and built a mountain top house and studio 1,600 feet above the Pacific Ocean along California’s remote Big Sur coastline.  This environment was very conducive to Loet’s creativity.  His first years in Big Sur were spent working on architectural commissions of ceramics, sculptured walls and lighting.  Living in a remote area where there was an abundance of wildlife coupled with his love for animals prompted Loet to create ceramic animal forms.  Striving for a more sophisticated and graceful image, he ventured into designing animals in bronze. Loet Vanderveen sculpture designs are enhanced by a rich palette of subtle patinas offering, uniquely stylized interpretations appreciated by distinguished worldwide collectors.   

New production of Loet Vanderveen’s work will remain available to collectors only through authorized galleries working with Loet Vanderveen Legacy Editions. He established this prior to his death in order to assure his work would continue to be produced in accord with his exacting standards. Loet Vanderveen created each of the original sculptures and when the entire limited edition for each design is produced, the molds will be destroyed.

  • Art Museum-Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Art Museum-Syracuse, New York

  • Crocker Gallery Museum-Sacramento, California

  • De Young Museum-San Francisco, California

  • Minneapolis Art Institute-Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Museum of Art-Oakland, California

  • Museum of Contemporary Crafts-New York City

  • Pasadena Art Museum-Pasadena, California

  • Monterey Museum of Art-Retrospective-Monterey, California
  • U.S. National Bank-Omaha, Nebraska

  • Borax Building-Los Angeles, California

  • Bush Gardens-Van Nuys, California

  • Carthay Circle Building-Los Angeles, California

  • Church Leisure World-Seal Beach, California

  • Fireman’s Union Building-Los Angeles, California

  • First Hebrew Congregational Church-Salinas, California

  • Northern California Savings Bank-Santa Cruz, California

  • Northern California Savings Bank-Menlo Park, California

  • Northern California Savings Bank-Los Altos, California

  • Cuesta College-San Luis Obispo, California

  • San Bernadino College-San Bernadino, California