Han Nefkens is a Dutch writer and art activist. In 2000 he began collecting international contemporary art, and his Han Nefkens H+F Collection comprising approximately 500 works is now housed in a number of European museums. He later set up ArtAids, which employs art in the fight against the stigma surrounding HIV. Through the Han Nefkens Foundation, he also supports young artists, writers and fashion designers with commissions, residencies, prizes and stipends.In Spain, the Han Nefkens Foundation-MACBA Award focuses on artists from the Mediterranean area while the Han Nefkens Foundation-BACC Award for Contemporary Art in Bangkok is given to promising young Asian artists.
For many years, Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge has been organizing highly distinctive exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam with works by established and up-and-coming fashion talents. The Han Nefkens Fashion Award is given every two years to young designers exploring the area between fashion and art.