Gerda van Leeuwen received her Arts Education in Printmaking and Painting at Academy Artibus in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She received a work/travel grant from Arts Group, Kunstliefde to study Prints by artist Piranesi in Italy. A grant from the Dutch Cultural Counsel made it possible to buy an etching press. She set up a fully equipped printing facility and collaborated with other artists in making print portfolios and art books.
Until1985 She taught drawing and print making at High schools and a Maximum Security prison in Utrecht, Holland. Had various Solo print and painting exhibitions during that period. She moved to New York in 1985 and set up Printing Studio with Peter Yamaoka in Tribeca, called; Hudson Street Press.
1985-2001 Participated in various exhibitions showing Prints published by Hudson Street Press. 2006 Moved printing facilities to Roxbury, NY and works and teaches printmaking. Gerda van Leeuwen’s work is on permanent display at the Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY.