Born in the Netherlands on March 24th 1928, Epko`s work has been exhibited in galleries in Montreal, Caracas, Munich, New York, Paris, Italy and in the Netherlands (among many others), and can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide.
During the most prolific period in his career (the 1950`s, 60`s and 70`s), Epko won several awards and prizes in Paris for his work as well as the `Popular Vote Prize` in New York City in 1960. Epko has been nicknamed the `Dutch Magician of Color` It is this colour which, beyond shapes and composition, allows Willering Epko to venture where many painters do not dare to go: into a dimension where the boundary between abstraction and figuration is thin and which a painter absolutely must make his own, in his own way, if he aspires to have any success.
While there is no formula, there is no doubt nonetheless that Epko not only was able to perfect his own style, heightened by a technique based on colour and its texture, but above all, that he succeeded in exploiting all this talent to become one of the artists that cannot be ignored on the international scene.
1958 – Prix Lefranc
1960 - The prestigious Prix Othon Friesz.
1960 - Collector’s Prize