Male White World Leaders. 2008-2013

YEAR:                  2008-2013

MATERIALS:        Two canvasses, acrylic paint, pencil, brown frame

SIZE:                    362 x 264 x 5 cm (142,5 x 103,9 x 1,9 inch)

CATERGORY:      Unique

LOCATION:          Galerie Dennie Boxem Zwolle

PRICE:                 €22.500,- (incl. 9% btw, incl. frame)

This artwork is a remake of Rafaël’s ‘School of Athens’ and depicts an important historic event. It shows the first female ánd black presidential candidates in the history of the Western world.


In the summer of 2008 Dennie Boxem and Martijn van het Goor were walking through Berlin and decided to create a painting together. The two art school classmates shared their love for Renaissance artists and ventured to remake ’the school of Athens’ by Rafael as a tribute and learning experience.

‘The school of Athens’ turned out to be the perfect composition to adres a much-discussed racial theme at that time; there had never been a female or black leader of the Western world. The presidential elections of November 2008 however had the first black ánd female presidential candidate; Barack O’bama and Hilary Clinton. ‘Male White World Leaders’ depicts this historical event.

Next to O’Bama and Clinton are incumbent president George Bush and presidential candidate Senator John Mc Cain. In the shades surrounding them a large selection of world leaders of our Western history; all white man. On November 4, 2008, Barack O’Bama won the elections by 365 electoral votes against 173 electoral votes of Mac Cain. He became the 44th and the first black president of the United States of America.


Due to circumstances the painting was not finished in 2008.

Boxem finished ‘Male White World Leaders’ in 2013.