Background: Akkeringa was born in Blinjoe in the Dutch East Indies on 17 January 1861. He was the second child of Johannes Evert Akkeringa (1829–1863), an engineer in the tin mines of the Billiton-Company at Bangka, and later at Buitenzorg. His mother, Sariedje (born in 1842), was of mixed Chinese and Japanese ethnic origin. Following the death of his father in 1864 from thyphus, Akkeringa moved with his brother and sister to The Hauge where they grew up in the household of his aunt.
Education: In the spring of 1878, at the age of seventeen, Akkeringa enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. At the Academy the courses Akkeringa took focussed on anatomical drawing, drawing from models, as well as studying the arts of perspective and composition. After class Akkeringa, like many of his fellow students, left the city to explore and practice the art of drawing nature, discovering that he was most inspired by the landscape around The Hague. In the spring of 1883 Akkeringa received his degree, though he continued to take classes at the Academy until 1885.
From August 1886 until the end of 1887 Akkeringa took a course at the Rotterdam Academy. In the same year he participated for the first time in the ‘Living Masters Exhibition’ at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
- A first official token of recognition came on 28 February 1887, when Akkeringa won the Royal subsidy for the year 1887, by the commission of the Royal Subsidies of Arti et Amicitiae.
- In January 1890, Akkeringa won the Willink van Collen-competition with his watercolour ‘Een Wandeling in het duin’. In February 1894, he won the prize for a second time.
- In 1900 Akkeringa won a Gold Medal at the World’s Fair in Paris.
- In 1905 Akkeringa received a Silver Medal from Queen Mother Emmaeen, for his work at the exhibition ‘Gemeentelijkse Tentoonstellingen van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters in Arnhem (derde Vierjaarlijksche)’.
- In 1909 Akkeringa again received a Gold Medal on the exhibition in Arnhem, and received a second Gold Medal in June on the exhibition ‘X-Internationale Kunst Ausstellung’ in Munich’.