Maarten Daudeij was born in 1981, in Well, the birth-place of his grandfather, in the south-east of the Netherlands. From a young age he shared in his grandfather's memories and the stories of his place of birth, currently a great influence on his work. Daudeij's multi-disciplinary art practice employs both traditional and contemporary modes of creation and contemplation, seeking pan-cultural approaches to attain heart-felt connection. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD from UniSA, Kaurna Meyunna Yertangga, Adelaide as well as an MFA from UniSA in 2010. Before moving to Australia, he undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Audio-Visual Media, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, graduating in 2004.
In 2015 he was awarded a Collections Project at the Art Gallery of South Australia, supported by Guildhouse and the Australia Council, resulting in the audio-based work House of the Wind: Monument in Honour of its Absence. This work was exhibited in parallel to the Tarnanthi exhibition of that year. In 2019 he was Artist in Residence at the Adelaide City Library, undertaking a Smart Art Project, culminating in multi-scene Augmented Reality-based landscape Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity, supported by the City of Adelaide. During SALA 2019, he was the first artist to undertake a solo-exhibition in the Palmer Sculpture Landscape, with All Silence Sees is Song: Recalling Wishes to the Winds, a suite of AR-scenes, encompassing his poetry and visual elements, encountering the beautifully stark landscape of the Palmer Sculpture Landscape.
From 2019 to 2020 he undertook a Mentorship with Karl Winda Telfer, Senior Kaurna Custodian, and Dr Gavin Malone, Visual Artist, Cultural Geographer and owner of L50-Kanyanyapilla, supported by Guildhouse, at Lot 50- Kanyanyapilla, Mclaren Vale, South Australia. More recently he took part in Guildhouse’s reVision program, undergoing mentoring in augmented reality through the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, supported by Australia Council and Creative Partnerships Australia. Currently he is working on an explorative extended-reality project with the Prospect Hill Historical Museum, juxtaposing historical narratives and contemporary technologies. Simultaneously he is developing Silent_Citadel, a platform for pan-cultural collaborative art production in extended reality. He lives a contemplative life at Anacotilla Springs, Kaurna Yarta, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.
Maarten Daudeij acknowledges Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their Elders past, present and emerging, as the original owners of the lands on which he lives and works.