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About Us

Our story

Thank you for your interest in Maliyaa. First, let us introduce ourselves.


Hallo and Hi, we are Danielle van Dam and Michel Arends from the Netherlands. During our many trips worldwide and especially to Australia we got inspired by Indigenous art and culture. Starting as a small gallery in Rotterdam in 2007 we can now proudly say we are a specialist in Aboriginal Art with connections to more than 50 artists working around Australia. We also collaborate with some of the best Art Centers in Australia. With our many years of experience we choose our collection with great care and knowledge. Our goal is to bring great Aboriginal Art into people’s lives.
For us the connection with Indigenous people and their Country is an important part of our lives and business. Because of the many relationships we have built, over more than a decade, we have learnt and are still learning so much about this amazing culture.


We invite you to explore our colourful collection, embrace this beautiful culture and be inspired by the works of these talented artists.


Welcome to our online gallery and enjoy!

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Michel: “In 2007, we opened our Aboriginal Art Gallery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ever since, this gallery has been a place where we represent Indigenous Aboriginal culture with immense dedication and passion. With our ever evolving network, we exhibit Artwork from both emerging Aboriginal Artists as well as established, recognized master Artists.  Our goal is to share their culture and Artworks with a global audience.“


Danielle: “With all our years of experience we are now ready to take the next step. Times are changing and so are we. People are finding new ways to experience and buy art in the 21st century and it’s happening online. For us to stay focused we need to continually evolve and re-invent ourselves in the way we reach out to people. Most of the time these changes are gradual and happen step-by-step. However, sometimes radical change is needed to grow as a business.  That’s why ‘Maliyaa’ was developed to recognize and represent that change for us.“

Our space

As two Dutchies, with an Australian dream, we started off as a small Gallery in 2007 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and our motto has always been ‘Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations’. Over the years we have grown to be a major specialist in Aboriginal Art in Europe. Our Gallery represent a broad diversity of Aboriginal Art from leading artists and exciting new young Aboriginal Artists from different regions of Australia including Central Australia, the Top End as well as the Kimberley (Northwest Australia). We feature artworks ranging from small affordable art to large investment pieces, present 4 exhibitions a year and have a large stockroom which contains an amazing selection of over 1000+ pieces Aboriginal Art.


Aboriginal Art Gallery Rotterdam has over 12 years’ experience working with contemporary Aboriginal artists and we bring this experience to Maliyaa. Our artworks are ethically sourced and Maliyaa is an active member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia. This organisation promotes fair trade practices and ethical standards for the Aboriginal Art industry.

What’s in a name

Maliyaa is our online gallery that will allow us to reach an international audience, giving us the opportunity to share our passion for Australian Aboriginal culture. On this platform visitors will be able to easily browse our extensive collection of Aboriginal Artworks, find the background stories of each work and really get to know the Artists.


Maliyaa the name

The name Maliyaa means friends in Gamilaraay (an Aboriginal language of northwestern New South Wales) and was given to us to signify the deepening relationship between two friends, an artist and her manager. Her family talked and provided this name to signify this friendship. Our dream is this name will represent our hope for more relationships with Aboriginal people and their overseas partners. This friendship has occurred over many years and it has always been our hope to have Aboriginal Artwork celebrated around the world. Being given an Aboriginal name was important to us as language is not only what makes each culture unique and special, but also allows us to see why it needs to be celebrated. This shared love of Aboriginal Art is signified to us in the name ‘Maliyaa’.

Our partners

Met een creatieve geest en oprechte passie ontwerpt en organiseert Fivesenses al sinds maart 2005 reizen op maat naar Australië en Nieuw-Zeeland. Sinds 2009 delen Aboriginal Art Gallery Rotterdam en Fivesenses samen een pand in het centrum van Rotterdam.

The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia serves and represents artists, individuals and organisations that produce, promote, protect or support Aboriginal art and the cultures that create and nurture that art.

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