Born in Amsterdam, Antonie Frederik Jacobus Buytendijk was painting and training at the Minerva Academy in Groningen where he continued to live. In 1941 he began participating in exhibitions with his landscapes of Groningen and Drenthe. After returning to Amsterdam in 1946 he became a professor at Minerva. He painted quickly in an expressive, impressionistic style, and shared his preference for the directness of nature. His portrait works of the people of Amsterdam from the 50s and 60s are also considered to be highly expressive.