Biography

For more than 50 years, Gabriëlla Cleuren has dedicated herself to her life’s work - trying to capture the changes and contradictions of the 21st century.

This has resulted in a staggering number of paintings, modern-day fragments that reveal a parallel with the works of the 19th-century painter Goya. Human behaviour often shows no sign of progressing and we seem to go endlessly round in circles. Using finely targeted emotional pixels, Gabriëlla is able to transcend time.

Artistic freedom to the core. Even when using her technique in Outside World, groundbreakingly expressing herself in computer language and writing, she has an intuitive way of handling paint, in sharp contrast to the digital machine. Feral pixels. Emotions rather than e-motions.

Despite the fact that Cleuren's paintings are a well-kept secret, her work has gained international recognition in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, England. In 2016, she became a member of the Rainforest Art Foundation and in 2017 she received the Red Line Art Works award.

Her work is divisible in INSIDE WORLD and OUTSIDE WORLD. For INSIDE WORLD, kind of her diary, she works fast and spontaneous in a very honest expressive way, sometimes sweet and moving, sometimes brutal. Artistic freedom to the bone.

OUTSIDE WORLD is her reaction to the cold outside world. Warm and concentrated pixels that scratch the soul.

1942 born in Kleine-Spouwen, Belgium.

1965 study of Nordic Art and Music at the University of Oslo, Norway.          

1966-1970 living in Bonaire, Dutch Antilles.

1971 living in Antwerp, Belgium

1971-1973 living in Halle-Booienhoven, Belgium

1971-1973 drawing at the Academy in Hasselt, Belgium under the tutelage of R. Vandereycken.

1973-1988 living in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

In my studio 1987

1977–1982 painting and drawing at the Academy in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium under the tutelage of  H. De Volder and V. Neels. Sculpture with H. Tersago.

1983- 1988 member of the Lukas Gezellen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

1989-1996 living in Tötensen, Niedersachsen, Germany. 

My studio in Tötensen 1992

1990-2001 member of the Seevetaler Kuenstler, Hittfeld, Germany.

1990 participant in the summer academy Pentiment in Hamburg, Germany.

1997 back in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

My studio in Sint-Niklaas. Used from 1997 until 2001.

2001- member of the Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

My studio since 2001

2007 participant summer academy in Isernhagen-Burgwedel, Germany.

2009-  member of the Koninklijke Piet Staut Kring in Beveren, Belgium.

My second studio in Sint-Niklaas since 2009.

2016 Member of Rainforest Art Foundation Europe >>

2017 Award 2017 : Red Line Art Works >>

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On a regularly basis "Exhibitions" will be updated. Here the link to "Exhibitions".