Evert Witte was born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 1951. From 1969 till 1972 he studied graphic design at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem, NL. After his studies he worked for the next ten years as a free lance illustrator. Around 1983 he started to make the transition from commercial to fine art and began showing his work in the Haarlem area, his hometown where the Frans Hals Museum was one of his first collectors.
In the late eighties and early nineties he participated in exhibitions in: The Jacob Smits Museum, Mol Belgium; Gallery Art Propos, the Hague NL.; De Kunstkapel, Gouda, NL.; Taller del Sol, Tarragona, Spain; De Vleeshal, Haarlem, NL.; Gallery Kaai, IJmuiden, NL.; Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, NL. In 1991 Evert was awarded an artist grant by the Province of Noord Holland and in '92, '93, '94 by the city of Haarlem. In 1991 he made a study trip to Indonesia and Thailand for the "Temple" series, which he showed in a solo exhibition in Beverwijk, NL. In 1992 he also showed his work, accompanied by the publication "Imprints", with two like-minded artist friends in Gallery Kaai, IJmuiden, NL.
In 1993 he made a road trip in the U.S. from Miami to San Francisco that initiated the "Made in America" series. During that last trip he met photographer Sandra Russell Clark in New Orleans. Evert Came back to New Orleans as a visiting professor of painting and drawing at Loyola University in 1994. At the end of that year he moved from Haarlem to New Orleans where he and Sandra got married the next spring. In 1996 Evert joined the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans and took part in "The Louisiana International Exhibition" at Clark Gallery, Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. and at the "2nd Annual Entergy Louisiana Open Juried Exhibition" at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. In 1998 after he had his first solo show at Cole Pratt Gallery, he and Sandra moved to Bay St. Louis on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, an hour outside of New Orleans. In the first half of the next decade Evert showed his work in group and solo exhibitions at Cole Pratt Gallery, Perry Nicole Fine Art in Memphis, TN, Graighead Green Gallery in Dallas TX, and at the Carroll Gallery of Tulane University in New Orleans. His work was shown in "New American Painting" magazine and he had a profile in "South" magazine.
On August 31, 2005 hurricane Katrina destroyed Evert and Sandra's house and studios with everything in it. Hundreds of art works were destroyed. For the next two years, to get their lives back together, they moved to Long Island, NY where they had studios in Amaganset and East Hampton. In 2006 Evert showed at Cole Pratt Gallery and took part in "Surviving Katrina" at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. He was awarded a grant from the Jackson Pollock Foundation as well as an Artist Residency in Santa Fe, NM. Between 2006 and 2010 Evert has shown his work at Cole Pratt Gallery, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Gebert Contemporary in Santa Fe . He participated in "Mapping the Terrain, New Directions in Abstract Painting" at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Southeastern University in Hammond, LA; "The Red Dot" Art Fair in New York; "The Miniature Show" in the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS; and "A Tribute to Cole Pratt" at the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans.
Evert's work was selected by Franklin Sirmans, curator of contemporary art at LACMA, for the Mississippi Museum of Art's 2011 Mississippi Invitational, October 2011-February 2012. In conjunction with the exhibit, Evert was awarded the Jane Crater Hiatt fellowship to study Italian Renaissance art in Rome, Florence, and Venice. In April 2012 he resided as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Evert's work was also included in the Mobile Museum of Art's exhibition "Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look" in 2012.
2013 exhibitions include "Art in Bloom", New Orleans Museum of Art and "Crossing the Tiber" at Cole Pratt Gallery. Tribute Dinner from Evert's last series "Crossing the Tiber" has been selected by the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson to be included in their permanent collection.
In 2015 Evert's new work was exhibited at the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, New York.
Evert's work is also included in numerous private and corporate collections in the U.S. and The Netherlands. Evert lives and works in New Orleans and is represented by Cole Pratt Gallery, http://www.coleprattgallery.com, and Lionheart Gallery in NY,