Zaida Oenema (1980) is a Dutch/Finnish visual artist who lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands. Oenema studied Nordic Arts and Crafts at Ålands Folkhögskola, Finland; earned a BFA in Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2004); and an MFA in Photography at St. Joost School of Art and Design in Breda (2009). In the past decade, she has moved from photography and video performance to drawing with various tools and materials including graphite and pastel, scalpel and soldering iron, mainly on and with paper.
Oenema exhibits her work regularly at galleries, fairs, and museums in the Netherlands. She has shown with Galerie Helder, The Hague; Art Rotterdam with We Like Art; KunstRAI Amsterdam; Art on Paper Amsterdam; Papier Biënnale, Museum Rijswijk; and CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, among others. She has shown widely in Germany, including at Kunsthaus Erfurt; Galerie Ursula Walter, Dresden and Projektraum Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. In the US, she has presented solo exhibitions and participated in group shows with Municipal Bonds, San Francisco. Her work is held in many private and public collections, notably the permanent collection of CODA Museum; VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam and the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Oenema received a grant from the Mondriaan Fund for established artists to support her work for four years (2022-2025). She is being represented by Municipal Bonds, San Fransisco, USA.