Monique van Steen (Spain)

International Artist

Monique van Steen (Spain)

International Artist

Hailing from Barcelona, Monique van Steen specialises in the pop art style paintings of close-up female faces. Monique’s ‘beauties’ as she has coined them are sensual yet reserved, flirty yet aloof – their eyes stare back at the viewer questioning your world. Monique uses a dripping technique that allows her create the loose, fluid lines that are so signature to her art. She has been involved in many solo and group shows within Spain, the US and Europe and has been interviewed and reviewed in many international publications.

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BIOGRAPHY

Monique van Steen is an artist from Barcelona who specialises in pop art-style paintings.
Monique, born in Netherlands 1976, uses the term “Beauties” to define her portraits similar to the fashion industries term ‘close-up’ of faces. Based on the Olympus of fashion and the beauty world (magazines, catwalks and advertisements)  Monique’s ‘Beauties’ are another way to represent classic beauty.

 

As a former model, Monique knows better than anyone else how much Photoshop is being used in order to seduce the public to buy or need product and services. Monique’s works manifest her feelings from within and overwhelming need to warm and alert people of this distorted world and this unreachable beauty goal.

The faces of the models are reduced to areas of flat colour, but these contemporary goddesses are full of complexity: optimism, faith or vanity is mixed with the ‘Beauties’ personal elegance. The expressive lines goteadas glaze on the surface of canvas above the flat colour of acrylic create an overlay that add life and character where before reigned only beauty. By chance there is a drip then the artist questions the existence of accident and questions the essence of beauty.

EDUCATION

2007 Life model-drawing, at the Cercle artistic Sant LLuc, Barcelona
2005 Litography-classes at Traç, Barcelona
2004 “Dibujo a modelo vivo” given by: professor Ernesto Pesce, at the association of friends of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina.
1994 – 1999 Hogeschool voor Kunst en Vormgeving ´s-Hertogenbosch. (Fine arts) Graduated in 1999

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Inner Beauty, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2015 Singular Beauties , Foresight Art Gallery, Amman JORDAN
2014 Beauty Matters , Hotel Pacha, Ibiza SPAIN
2013 Flirtings, Hotel Melia, Mallorca SPAIN
2012 i-candy, Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2012 Belle du nuit, Wellington, Barcelona SPAIN
2011 Contemporary Goddesses, Can Jeroni, San Josep SPAIN
2011 Vanity Fair, Cultural Space of the Diario, Ibiza SPAIN
2010 Intimidades, Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2009 Terminos femeninos , Ibiza SPAIN
2008 This is not a pipe , Sala el Pati, Cambrils SPAIN
2007 Bohemia Café, Barcelona SPAIN
2006 Pisando Forte, Municipal Museum of Lalin, Lain SPAIN
2006 Hedonismo, Galería Km5, San Jose de sa Talaia SPAIN

Group Exhibitions

2017, “Kunst, 5 Dutch painters in Barcelona”, Spain
2017, “Venadito”, Centre Civico la Panera, Barcelona, Spain
2017, “Paganas”, Tallercito tres, Barcelona, Spain
2016 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, AUS
2016 Lendnine Gallery, Graz, AUSTRIA
2016 Art District, Amsterdam, HOLLAND
2016 “Colours”, Foresight Gallery, Amman, JORDANIA
2015 Bienvenida Barcelona, Forum Kunst&Architectur Essen GERMANY
2014 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2014 Trinity Lutheran College Art & Craft Exhibition, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2014 28th Annual Diownlands College Arts Exhibition, Toowoomba AUSTRALIA
2014 RRM Gallery, Ibiza SPAIN
2014 Lendnine Gallery, Graz AUSTRIA
2014 Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2014 Art District, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS
2014 Foresight Gallery, Amman, JORDANIA
2014 Ici Art Gallery, Heusden NETHERLANDS
2013 AAF, Milan ITALY
2013 Ruta de Arte, Palma de Mallorca SPAIN
2013 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2013 Lendnine, Graz AUSTRIA
2013 Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2013 Art District, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS
2012 Lendnine, Graz AUSTRIA
2012 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2012 TTOO, Selected Artists of the FAD, Barcelona SPAIN
2011 Artbrusellas BELGIUM
2011 “X Bienal de Lalín”, Ramón Mª Aller Museum of Lalín, Galicia SPAIN
2011 “A shout out to my city”, Foresight Gallery Amman JORDAN
2010 Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2010 Sunny Art Fair JORDANIA
2010 Art Toronto, Toronto CANADA
2010 AAF, London ENGLAND
2010 AAF, New York, USA
2010 AAF, Paris, FRANCE
2010 Open Art Fair, Utrecht THE NETHERLANDS
2010 De galerie Den Haag, The Hague THE NETHERLANDS
2009 Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2009 Sarl Gallery, Albi FRANCE
2009 De Galerie Den Haag, The Hague THE NETHERLANDS
2008 Artevistas gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2008 Womart, Welldone Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2007 Artevistas Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2007 Comics, Budda Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2007 V Young Painters Award Menarini, Municipal Museum of Badalona SPAIN
2007 IV autumn award of paintng Ibiza and Formentera, Municipal Space Jesus, Ibiza SPAIN
2006 XXVI Painting Award Vila de Cambrils, Cambrils SPAIN
2006 Painting award – Gaspar Camps, Leather Museum of Igualada SPAIN
2006 III Young Painters Award Menarini, Municipal Museum of Badalona SPAIN
2006 III autumn award of paintng Ibiza and Formentera, Municipal Space of San Ferran, Formentera SPAIN
2006 Miniprint international, Gallery Forte y Adobi, Cadaqués SPAIN
2005 III Young Painters Award Menarini, Municipal Museum of Badalona SPAIN
2005 XXI Painting Award, Homenatge a Isidre Mercadé Ferrando, Lleida SPAIN
2005 Painting Award – Gaspar Camps, Leather Museum of Igualada SPAIN
2005 La Sal, Expo-room of the Diario de Ibiza, organized by AAVIB SPAIN
2005 KM5 Arte, Painting for a Good Cause (Apneef), Ibiza SPAIN
2005 VII Bienal of Lalín ‘Pintor Laxeiro’, Municipal Museum Ramón Mª Aller de Lalín SPAIN
2004 Exposición Petit Format, Benissalem, Mallorca SPAIN
2004 Noche del Arte, Art Fair at: Las Dalias, Sant Carlos SPAIN
2004 Gallery Berri, Sant Agustín de Es Vedrà SPAIN
2004 KM5 Arte, Painting for a Good Cause(Apneef), Ibiza SPAIN
2004 Figúrate, Expo – Room asociation Aavib, Ibiza SPAIN
2003 Divers, art actual i diversitat cultural , curatores J. Marroquí Ferrández y D. Arlandis Ivars.
2003 Exposición itinerante, empezando en la sala La Nau de la Universitat de València SPAIN
2003 los abstractos, Expo – Room art asociation Aavib, Ibiza SPAIN
2003 VI Bienal de Lalín ‘Pintor Laxeiro’, Municipal Museum Ramón Mª Aller at Lalín SPAIN
2003 XXII Painting Award ‘Ciutat de Roquetes’, Municipal expo-room at Roquetes SPAIN
2002 VI Xuntanza Obradoiro – Internacional das artes plásticas ‘a Solaina’ de Piloño”,Municipal Museum Ramón Mª Aller in Lalín SPAIN
2002 Constipart, Silla SPAIN
2002 Spoorlijn”, Artots’s-Hertogenbosch THE NETHERLANDS
2001 Gallery De Compagnie , Dordrecht THE NETHERLANDS
2001 Presentación del Salón, Publica Art – Institution NBKS, Breda THE NETHERLANDS
2001 Art-Fair Rai, Rotterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2001 K.A.M. institution Alkmaar THE NETHERLANDS
2000 Die Grösskeramik im Freien , Keramikmuseum Höhr-Grenshausen GERMANY
2000 Art manifistation 2000, Deurne THE NETHERLANDS
2000 III Certamen Nacional de Escultura , Leganés SPAIN
1999 Gallery De Compagnie, Dordrecht THE NETHERLANDS
1999 Symposium – The Ceramic Millenium, Stand Vingerling, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
1999 Eindexamen expositie, ´s-Hertogenbosch THE NETHERLANDS
1999 Keranova II, cerámica de una nueva generación, exposición itinerante, pasando por galería Terra, Arnhem y galería Vromans, Amsterdam THE NETHERANDS

PUBLICATIONS

2009 Editorials and interviews in the Ibicencan newspapers with the expo: “Términos Femeninos”
2006 III premi Tardor d’ Eivissa i Formentera, catalogue
2006 Editoriales in the Galician newspapers with the expo “Pisando Fort”
2005 VII Bienal de Lalín ‘pintor Laxeiro’, catalogue
2005 XXI premi de pintura jóven ‘Homenatge a Isidre Mercadé Ferrando’, catalogue
2004 Keramiek, Ceramica Art Magazine No. 5 October 2004, crític written by: Cecil Kemperink
2003 Divers, art actual i diversitat cultural, cataloque, crític by Pascual Patuel
2003 Genio y Figura, El mundo de Ibiza y Formentera, by J. Montojo
2003 Mola, Diario de Ibiza, by C. Torres
2003 VI Bienal de Lalín ‘pintor Laxeiro’ , catalogue
2002 VI Xuntanza obradoiro – internacional das artes plásticas ‘a Solaina’ de Piloño, catalogue
2002 Brabants dagblad, regional newspaper review of “Spoorlijn”, by Eveline van de Ven
2001 Grösskeramik im Freien , cataloque
1999 Glas, aardewerk, porselein, Kristal, Ceramic Art Magazine nr 3 agosto 1999
1999 Keramiek” nr 4 agosto 1999 catalogue with review about the exposicion
1999 Keranova II, cerámica de una nueva generación

ACHIEVEMENTS

2005 Mencion of honor at “III premi de pintura joven Menarini”
2002 “VI Xuntanza obradoiro – internacional das artes plásticas ‘a Solaina’ de Piloño. Invited artist in residence.
1997 “Erasmus-grand”  European student-exchange. Studies followed at  Universidad politécnica de Valencia Jaume I, Spain

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