Heiner Holtappels (NL/DE) is an artist, and former director of NIMk.
Heiner Holtappels was born Germany and studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf under K.O. Götz. He holds a M.A. in fine arts, philosophy and art history. From 1975 till 1998 he was working as an visual artist and as a teacher, first at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, and later as Professor of Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem (the Academy which he headed from 1996 onwards).
From 1998 till early 2011 he was Director of the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) in Amsterdam. He is also a senior lecturer in Autonomous Art at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem. From 2000 – 2005 he was chairman of the committee on Visual Art and Design for the Cultural Council. Currently he is a member of the board of directors of the 5 Days Off Media Foundation, Dyne.org Foundation, Moois Media Foundation, Nan Hoover Foundation and Chairman of CASCO, Utrecht, and he is on the advisory boards of the Center of Art, Sangeorgiu de Mures and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (both in Romania).