Robert Zandvliet

Born in 1970 - Netherlands


Robert Zandvliet is a Dutch artist born in 1970 in the Netherlands. From 1987 to 1992, he studied at the Christian Academy of Art in Kampen, and from 1992 to 1994 he pursued his studies at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He won the Prix de Rome in 1994.

He is one of the most renown Dutch painters of his generation. His images oscillate between tangible aspects of the individual constituents of painting and their respective meaning and expression, which, for example, may be realized by the material trace of a brush stroke and the evocative potential of colour. Colour as a central condition of painting and the reflection on a diversity of possible pictorial effects attained by it are focal points of the artist's attention: from the fluid movement of the brush and the rhythm of its strokes to the play and tension between the transparency and opacity of colour.

In doing so his abstract works, painted in the traditional medium of egg tempera, always retain a reference to figuration and the representative potential of painting. This happens in a continual dialogue with exemplary types of pictorial composition that were developed throughout the history of painting in different traditional genres, such as landscape, still life, and portrait. These are used by the artist as a kind of compositional extract for his abstract work.

Zandvliet, for example, intentionally placed a whole series of paintings within the rich tradition of painting in order to adopt its compositional principles and painting strategies for our present times. This group of paintings was recently exhibited in the much acclaimed solo show "I owe you the truth in painting" in the Gemeentemuseum The Hague.

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“Stones & Sketches drawings and paintings”, De Pont Museum, Tilburg (The Netherlands)

“Road Movie”, Stedelijk Museum Kampen, Kampen (The Netherlands)
“Seven Stones”, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt (Germany)

“I owe you the truth in painting”, Robert Zandvliet, 1650-2012, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (GEM), The Hague (The Netherlands)

“Pier and Ocean”, Peter Blum Soho, New York (US)
“Vorschau”, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

“Inner Landscapes”, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York (US)
“Fries”, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen (The Netherlands)
“Rückblick - Neue Bilder”, Galerie Friedrich, Basel (Switzerland)

“In the Face”, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

“Robert Zandvliet”, Galerie Friedrich, Basel (Switzerland)
“Robert Zandvliet” - Beyond the Horizon - Paintings 1994-2005, Kunstmuseum Bonn (Switzerland)
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg (The Netherlands)
Collectie zomer 2005 - de Zomer van Middleburg, MUHKA Museum, Antwerp (Belgium)
Kunstcentrum Hengelo (The Netherlands)

“Recent Paintings”, Peter Blum Gallery, New York (US)
“Blue Note”, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)

Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) (with De Beer & Katz)

“Highways and byways”, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
“The Blind Spot”, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Wien (Austria)

Robert Zandvliet - Brushwood, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Neues Kunstmuseum Luzern (Switzerland)
Robert Zandvliet - Peintures, Musée d¹Art Moderne et Contemporaine, Strasbourg, France
Robert Zandvliet - The Varick Series, Peter Blum, New York (US)

Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Wien (Austria)

Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) (monografie)

“Het witte doek”, De Vleeshal, Middelburg (The Netherlands)
De Pont Stichting, Tilburg (The Netherlands)

“Guarda!”, Diecidue Arte, Milan (Italy)
Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht (The Netherlands)

“Voorwerk”, Robert Zandvliet and Martin Hiddink, Witte de With, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Galerie Onrust, Prinsengracht and Planciusstraat, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


“W.O.P.”, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

“Heat Waves”, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY (US)
“Paper Band”, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY (US)

“Veronica”, Ketelfactory, Schiedam (The Netherlands)
“I promise to love you”, Caldic Collection, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

“Referenz und Neigung”, Kunstmuseum Luzern (Switzerland)
Eli Content, Han Schuil, Alan Uglow, Toon Verhoef, Robert Zandvliet, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
HeARTTwente, AkkuH, Aktuele Kunst Hengelo (The Netherlands)
Grafiekkabinet, Galerie De Roos van Tudor, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)

“200 jaar Prix de Rome”, Kunsthal Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
“New work”, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia (US)
“Deuce-Drawers Paint - Painters Draw”, Hamish Morrison Gallery, Berlin (Germany)
Wahlverwandtschaft, Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen (The Netherlands)
Voorbij de horizon/Over the horizon, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Mélange, Collecties van De Nederlandsche Bank en het Dordrechts Museum, DNB (The Netherlands)
Amsterdam & Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht (The Netherlands)
Van Altink tot Zandvliet, Museum Tongerlohuis, Roosendaal (The Netherlands)
Eb & Vloed, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen (The Netherlands)

Otto L. Schaap - Content Art Consumer, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (The Netherlands)
Estampes, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Rouen, France
Jan Andriesse, Alan Uglow, Robert Zandvliet, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
“Visual Moods”, Stadsgalerij Heerlen (The Netherlands)

“Instead of Mashkov- Recent Acquisitions”, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (The Netherlands)
“Scenes and Sequences”, Peter Blum Editions, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (Switzerland)
Wolvecamp Prize, Hengelo (The Netherlands)

“Belvédère”, Heerenveen (The Netherlands)
“hot autumn”, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien (Austria)
“20 Years Stadsgalerij: From Appel to Zandvliet”, Stadsgalerij Heerlen (The Netherlands)

William de Kooning, BA-CA Kunstforum, Wien (Austria)
Kunsthal Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Leo Vroegindeweij / Robert Zandvliet, Handmade Prints, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Wolvecamp Prijs, Kunstcentrum Hengelo (The Netherlands)

“Up to now”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
“Guest room”, Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich (Switzerland)
“New abstract painting. Painting abstract now.”, Museum Morsbroich, Leverhusen

“mirror, mirror on the wall”, Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich (Switzerland)
“ZENROXY” - Curated by Ivan Vera, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
“Other than film”, TENT., Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
“Painting Passion Pays-Bas”, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France
“Een collectie in beweging”, Stadsgalerij Heerlen (The Netherlands)
“The Sea, the Sea...”, Art Upstairs @ GHB, East Hampton, NY

“Four Dutch Painters”, Galerie Gebrüder Lehmann, Dresden (Germany)

“Der Abgelenkte Blick – Malerei”, Helmhaus Zürich, Zürich (Switzerland)
“Pictures at an Exhibition - Herbert Brandl”, Katharina Grosse, Jessica Stockholder, Robert Zandvliet, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Wien (Austria)
“De voorstelling - Kunst uit Nederland in het Stedelijk Paleis”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

“Glad ijs”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
“Het andere land - 5 jonge Nederlandse landschapsschilders”, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)

“Wahlverwandtschaften”, Casino Luxembourg, Luxemburg
“En schrijdt behoedzaam voort van de hemel doorheen de wereld naar de hel !” “Günter Umberg met...”, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (The Netherlands) (B.)
“Morning glory”, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
“The centre holds”, Galerie Gmurzynska, Keulen (Germany)
“10 jaar Charlotte Köhler Prijs, Arti et Amicitiae”, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

“Guts!”, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
“Around Europe”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

“Recente aanwinsten”, De Pont, Tilburg (The Netherlands)

Prix de Rome 1994, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


Prix de Rome (painting)

Charlotte Köhler Prijs

Wolvecamp Prijs

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