Rob Niezen is a painter, printmaker and illustrator. He paints mostly in oils, and his printmaking includes etchings and linocuts. His art has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions and over 30 juried exhibitions, and he has participated in the annual Kawartha Studio Tour since 2010. Rob created the illustrations for Ameliya Disappears, a children’s book published in 2021 by Jamaican author Angela Punky Stultz. In 2022 he created Cross Cut: traditional Ontario folk songs revisited that includes an exhibition of linocuts, a songbook co-produced with music historian Dr. Allan Kirby, and a music CD with traditional music group Backwoodsmen.
In 2015 Peterborough County awarded Rob Niezen a Leadership in Arts & Culture Recognition Award. He was a board member at the Art School of Peterborough for six years, and is still involved as a volunteer in marketing the school.
Rob Niezen is partly self taught and studied at Vrije Akademies in The Hague and Delft, the Netherlands, and at the Art School of Peterborough. He was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, and lives and works in Douro, Ontario, Canada.