Hans Verweij was the son of Cornelis Maria Verweij and Wilhelmina Antonia Stevens. He studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, now the Willem de Kooning Academy. He was active as an artist in Rotterdam from 1958. At that time he started with abstract work composed of geometric elements, partly under the influence of Paul Klee. From 1967 he developed a more abstract expressionism. In the autobiographical novel De Hef, Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager presented Verweij as the “intelligent painter.” In 1978 Verweij was awarded the Hendrik Chabot Prize and in 1985 with the Great Autumn Salon Prize.