photo artist Carina Wagenaar

Artist Carina Wagenaar (NL, 1969) graduated from the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Her life-sized medallions are intriguing wall objects. These unique artworks are inspired by cameos, small medallions, lace, relics and narrative symbolism. Expressions of feelings, thoughts, spirituality and world events are translated into these large works of art. Her work is highly appreciated internationally and has been seen shown in Milan, New York, Paris, London, Florence, Dubai, Antwerp and various places in the Netherlands in recent years.

Carina introduced these special medallion works of art with a unique style. Her vision on the importance of details is reflected in every work she creates. The shape of the medallion is historically linked to a way of preserving valuable and personal things. She translates information into a new 3D world behind semicircular acrylic glass.

If you look closely at the contents of the medallions, you will enter a new world. These modern cameos are created by taking advantage of all the abundance we have on this earth. With a view to sustainability, it is very important to her to create anew from this abundance. The medallion works of art are made up of all kinds of well-known and lesser-known objects. Telling stories, creating new worlds, and surprising people is something she enjoys doing. Within her works, Wagenaar combines nostalgic feelings with both classic and modern, playful, and tough elements.

In her own way she translates a series about human processes, but also the zeitgeist and history are subjects with which she likes to work. Through her translation she invites you to look closely, to zoom in and out and to take in all the details so that a (new) world opens up for you.

Art Award

In 2020 her work is awarded by Build Magazine as ‘Most Innovative Object D’Art Interior Decor Artist 2020’.


Her work is represented internationally at various galleries in the Netherlands, Belgium and The United Kingdom.