Maurits van Geel studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he graduated in 1978, specializing in wood craft and ceramics. His preference for working with wood is combined with various other materials like bamboo, perspex, glass, horn and metal.
For four weekends a year, part of B&B 54 changes into Gallery 54 to exhibit Maurits’ work. Maurits’ first—and last—exhibition was in 1976, in the building of Elsevier River Staete, in Amsterdam. During this major exhibition in the lobby of the building, all his work was sold. A follow-up exhibition was long in coming however, since he worked for 15 years as an arts and crafts teacher at a secondary school in Utrecht and was partly responsible for designing innovative curricula.
From 1977 he was also active as a dance teacher, and in 1988 he joined the artistic staff of the International Dance Theatre, a professional troupe in the field of world dance. From 1996 to 2011, he was artistic director of this company, did dance research in over 40 countries and produced more than 40 different shows, seen by a total of approximately 1.5 million people.
As planned, Maurits left the dance profession in 2011 to return to his other artistic interests. He now devotes himself full time to his art designs in wood, and for four weekends a year, Bed and Breakfast 54 is converted into Gallery 54, where he exhibits and sells his work.
Currently no new exposition is scheduled.