Born in 1933 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jacques Overhoff at an early age became an architectural sculptor, studied graphics, lithography and industrial design at the School of Printing Technologies in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After his graduation with honors from the School of Printing Technologies, he studied at the Rietveld Institute of Arts and Crafts in Amsterdam to complete his studies in fine arts, painting, etching and lithography.
He was the recipient of an Honorary Degree in 1952, and studied sculpture with the Wessell Couzijn in the Netherlands. In 1954, he continued advanced studies in sculpture at the Arts Academy in Bruxelles, Belgium, where he also began studies in architecture. In 1955 he accepted a scholarship in architectural studies from the University of Eugene, Oregon.
In 1957, he travelled to Brazil to study the techniques of precast and cast concrete, and gained considerable insight in the applied techniques. In 1958, Overhoff became a U.S. Citizen and in San Francisco, he continued his research and work with concrete and invented methods of casting concrete in styrene foam molds. Experimental projects were executed with his invention (1957-58 carport screen for Mr. and Mrs. Moore, Belvedere, Calif., cast in place concrete; 1959-60 studies for interior concrete relief (Caravellas Cement Company, with John Warnecke, Architects, San Francisco, CA).
Since 1960 Overhoff has received many public commissions in various construction media. Using his concrete casting techniques, he created a massive freestanding relief sculpture as part of an urban redevelopment project in Sacramento, Calif. (Demars & Reay, Architects). From 1962-66 Overhoff taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California. In addition, from 1968-69, he taught and lectured at the Art Academy San Francisco, California.
In 1970 he initiated with various other artist a fine arts bronze casting company in San Francisco. In 1975 he began experimenting with post-tensioning and ferro cement technology for precast methods. Overhoff creates and constructs his own projects and is associated with various California State Licensed Contractors. He also is a consultant for architectural planning, project development and construction technologies. Between 1975-85 he taught Public Art at the City College San Francisco, California involving student participation.
Between 1960 and 1990 Overhoff realized many public artworks worldwide including California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Germany and Japan, and received a national professional award in 1981 for “Torque” located in Richmond, California. Many of these projects are incorporated into landscape settings with others a part of architectural urban development projects, always integrating his projects into the historic context and social functions of the given environment. Several of his public art projects combine construction techniques in concrete, bronze and/or bricks with graphic communication.
From 1992-97, Overhoff he lectured on architecture and environmental design at the Alanus University Alfter (Bonn, Germany) and from 1998-2011, he taught part-time as an adjunct professor in two divisions of construction technology and mechanical engineering at the HAN University of Applied Science in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Overhoff continued his professional architectural and urban planning consultant work between 2004-2010 leading the efforts to create and design a “socio-art” open space for the Golden Gate Presidio Parkway generating garnered enthusiasm by the Cal-Trans with conceptual ideas adopted prior to the state and City of San Francisco overseeing the full project and its final implementation.
In 2008-2012, Overhoff completed two major historical architectural renovations–––the original “Zorba the Greek” residential home and office in Stoupa, Greece, along with the 200 year old historic residential building in Kreuzberg (AHR), Germany.
In 2012-2015, Overhoff designed and launched the first ever ‘votive prayer-system’ for the Maltese region in Germany including in chapels and hospitals.
Presently, Overhoff is working to inventory his personal collection of artworks and archives including his vast public art documentation.