Marjan Wouda was born in the North East of the Netherlands, where she grew up on her family’s small dairy farm. She came to England when she was 19, having finished secondary school “hungry for experience and independence”. Four years later – in 1983 - she embarked on a Visual Arts Foundation Course at Manchester Polytechnic, followed by a Fine Art Degree Course - specialising in sculpture - at North East London Polytechnic, at the completion of which she was awarded a First Class Honours Degree. In 1987 Marjan returned to Manchester to complete her formal art training with an MA in Fine Art (Sculpture).
Whilst still a student, her work was selected for an internationally touring exhibition, Germinations IV, which took it to Marseille, Breda (Holland), London (Royal College of Art), and Bonn.
Initially working mainly in clay, Marjan started casting in bronze and other materials, working from originals in cardboard, clay or wax. She enjoys working in a huge range of scales, from the hand-held pieces in paper, wax, clay or wire, to the monumental – the latter often constructed in welded steel.
Alongside developing her own work exploring themes, ideas, and materials, Marjan has responded to and developed work for public spaces. Her pieces can be found in Hong Kong, The Caribbean, London, Greater Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Thyme, and in green spaces in Yorkshire and many Lancashire locations.