Clary Mastenbroek paintings are composed by transparent layers. The texture of the oil paint plays an important role. Some specific themes of her oeuvre are frequently returning, such as Hades and Eros; the female as source of renewal vis-a-vis deterioration; stone and bronze horses which are awakened back to life in her paintings; skeletons of animals and dogs masks.
By combining these themes, of which a fair part has symbolic connotations, the artist evokes all kinds of associations. As a matter of fact she throws a bridge between dreams and reality, between life and death.
Clary Mastenbroek was educated at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1963 until 1967. She also is an illustrator, and paints portraits as well. Besides, she designs folding screens as important parts of interior decoration.
The artist had exhibitions in the Netherlands, Germany, France, London, New York and in Ireland.
Her works are spread over private and museum collections.