Maarten iron art

Fulltime artist MAARTEN VAESSEN passionately makes iron rust sculptures. Maarten deliberately didn’t follow a specific Art Academy as he wouldn’t follow the teachers’ instructions anyway.

Mostly abstract, sometimes figurative; Maarten’s pieces are always pure and robust as he works with iron as his core material, sometimes combining it with large boulders he finds on the banks of the river Maas.



He forms iron with his tools and hands creating a particular style allowing for coarse welding seams, leaving splashes of hot iron on his work and incorporating dents and cracks.  His gardensculptures get even more fascinating over time as rain, snow and ice will cause his work to rust in various tones of brown and orange.

Art pieces are secured on heavy, hardwood plinths, which are oftentimes made of old and weathered sea bollards. Creating a balanced and very robust combination.

Maarten’s 4000 m2 large Sculpture Garden and workshop in Kessenich, Belgium can be freely visited.

In Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France, Maarten's work can regularly be seen at galleries, exhibitions or art fairs.


  • 2-3-4th February Salon International Art3F Strasbourg (FR)
  • 9th March till March 2025
    Kunst in Valkenburg, Chateau st. Gerlach Valkenburg (NL)
  • 1th May DAG VAN DE ARTBEID. Sculpturegarden open from 11.00h-17.00h (B)
  • 9th till 12th May  Exclusive KUNSTzinnigONTBIJT. (Art Breakfast)
    A deluxe breakfast, accompanied with live music, is served on the garden terrace. (B)
  • 19th-20th May Interlimburgse Kunstfietsdagen Cycling in Dutch and Belgian Limburg. Several art gardens can be visited by bicycle. My own sculpture garden is one location. (B/NL)
  • 15th June-15th Sept. Art route Kunst in het witte dorp Lissewege (B)
  • 3th till 6th Oct. Indian Summer schloss Lembeck lifestyle event Dorsten (GER)
  • Some of my sculptures can be seen at Chateau Neercanne. Maastricht.
  • Januari-December Exhibition Gallery Mizar(T) Zutendaal (B)
  • 10th Nov. till 19th Nov. Identität(s)schichten.
    Haus Hohenbusch, Erkelenz (GER)
  • Some of my sculptures can be seen at                                             Chateau Neercanne. Maastricht. (NL)                                                                              and in the luxury Gault&  Millau restaurants:
  • Lavendel Maaseik (B)
  • De Fakkels st. Truiden (B)


  • Galerie Beeldentuin Giardino. Berg en Terblijt NL
  • Chateau st.Gerlach Houthem NL
  • Chateau Neercanne. Maastricht NL
  • Galerie Lieve Lambrecht. Merendree (Gent) B
  • Galerie Mizar(t). Zutendaal B