Henry Balink

1882 – 1963



Amsterdam, Holland


Portrait painting-often Indian, prints


Henry Cornelius Balink

Henry C. (Hendricus Cornelis) Balink was born in Amsterdam. From 1909-1914 he studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Amsterdam with Derkinderen, Dake, Van der Waay and Six, and belonged to the top of his class.

Balink worked in New York, then moved to Chicago where he painted portraits for private patrons and murals. In 1917, the Balinks went west and settled in Taos, New Mexico, and his paintings of Indians and Pueblo village scenes became popular and a commercial success.

Museums with holding of works by Balink include the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Museum of History and Art, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Woolaroc in Bartlesville, the Thomas F. Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City.