Caroline O'Breen


Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1970 in Reggio Emilia, Italy

Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands



1988 1992  Brera Academy, Milan, Italy

1997 1999  Rijksakademie, Amsterdam The Netherlands



2005 now  Royal Academy, The Hague, The Netherlands.

2015 2016 Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



2008       European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

2010 2011  American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.

2013       Museum Zauli, Faenza, Italy.

2014       ISCP, New York City, USA

2017       Le Maupas A.I.R. France

Selected Solo exhibitions

2016 Form Informed, book launch & exhibition of prints at Printed Matter, N.Y.C. U.S.

2014 Hypotrochoid of Albrecht Dürer & Apion of Giordano Riccati, Envoy Enterprises gallery N.Y. (hosted by Torch gallery), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013 Museo Zauli, Marco Tagliafierro, Faenza, Italy

2011 Trinity, informing abstraction, Galleria Alessandro De March, Milan, Italy

2007 Marta, Iride, Gwen, Doride, Poly & all the others that you don’t know yet, Maison Grégoire, Brussels

2007 De Ruimte, Kunstfort centrum voor actuele kunst, Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands

2007 Doride/Ultramarine, Maura Biava & Elspeth Diederix, Photo Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2004 Doride, Gwen and Poly, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2003 Doride, tangeble speech, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2001 Levanto, Bahnwärterhaus, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, cat.

1999 Proteus, Window Gallery, Walter van Beirendonck, Antwerp, Belgium, leaflet

1999 Ermete, Aphrodite & Papillon, Stedelijk Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands

1999 Horaes, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996 Medusa & Delfina, Galleri Nicolaï Wallner, Copenhagen, Danimark

Selected Group exhibitions

2018 The Artist Mind: Eight Artists Photograph Themselves, Galerie Caroline O'Breen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017 Ecovention Europe, Museum Contemporary Art De Domijnen, Sittard, The Netherlands

2017 A preview to desolation, Italian Institute, New Delhi, India

2016 Form Informed, book launch & exhibition of prints at PrintRoom, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2016 Form Informed, book launch & exhibition of prints at The Jan van Eyck academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands

2016 Dalla cellula all’universo-dall’atomo al bit, Triennale Expo Gate, Milano, Italy

2016 New Realism - Gaze of Science, Science Park 904, Amsterdam The Netherlands

2015 Surfacing, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, The Netherlands

2015 Data Clay, Museum of Design, San Francisco, California, USA

2015 New York stories, ISCP, Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.

2015 Bloody Mary, Maagdenhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 Raving Disco Dolly on A Rock 'n Roll Trolley, Envoy gallery, New York, N.Y. USA

2014 In forma di ceramic MCZ, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, Italy, cat.

2013 Mare Nostrum, Château Musée of Dieppe, Diep festival, France, cat.

2013 Le ragioni dello spazio, Palazzo Tagliaferro, Andora, Italy

2012 Parelen, De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands, cat.

2010 KAAP, Fort Ruigenhoek, Groenekan, The Netherlands

2010 Global contemporary artists for artists, Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2009 Een keuse, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008 Girls on clay, EKWC, Den Bosch, The Netherlsnds

2007 On the Edge of Vision, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi India, cat.

2007 Drawing Typologies, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The Netherlands, cat.

2007 Whoman, Gemak, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2006 Gimme Shelter, Halle Fur Kunst, Luneburg, Germany, cat.

2006 Allarmi 2, Caserma De Cristoforis, Como, Italy, cat.

2006 Frame, Gertrude Contemporay Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2006 Cooling out, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland, cat.

2005 Going Dutch: new photograpy from NL, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, USA

2005 Crysalis, Dutch Eyes, Biennale d’arte contemporanea, Castello Svevo di Bari, Italy cat.

2005 The story begin, Gallerie Van Gelder, Amstrerdam, The Netherlands

2004 Hedendaagse Landschappen STDSGLR, Herlen, The Netherlands cat.

2004 Vis Vitalis Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2004 La nuova generazione artistica in Italia, Assab One, Milan, Italy cat.

2004 This not a home this is a house, Maison Grégoire, Brussels, Belgium

2003 Criccagang T293 arte contemporanea, Naples, Italy

2002 A’dam & Eve, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2001 Flash, Baltic Center, Gateshead; Chinese European Center, Xiamen

2001 Breeze of AIR/Hortus Conclusus, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, cat.

2000 Flash, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2000 Diary, Cornerhouse, Manchester; Firstsite, the Minories, Colchester, Great Britain, cat.

2000 Bloemen van de Nieuwe Tijd, Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, cat.

2000 O sole mio, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2000 Clara, Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany

1999 Rundgang 4 - change is good, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, cat.

1999 Real time@zoersel '99, Domein Kasteel van Halle, Zoersel, Belgium, cat.

1999 World Wide Video Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, cat.

1999 Chronos & Kairos, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany. cat.

1998 Photography as Concept, Foto-Triennale, Galerie der Stadt, Esslingen, Germany, cat.

1998 Traces of Science in Art, Het Trippenhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, cat

1998 Supernova, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, leaflet, The Netherlands

1997 Slight, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich, Great Britain

1997 G.S.1, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany

1997 Slight, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Great Britain

1996 See Through Brains, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Great Britain

1995 Topi d’archivio, by F. Pasini, Via Farini, Milano, Italy

Public Space Projects

2002 Stars of Europe, monument in front of the Bonnefanten museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands

2001, Centre Céramique, Maastricht, The Netherlands


2007 Doride/Ultramarine, Maura Biava and Elspeth Diederix. d'Jonge Hond publisher, The Netherlands

Artist Books 

2017 Form informed, design by Meeusontwerpt, foreword by Dike Blair, published by Konnotation N.Y.

2001 Astrid, Bahnwärterhaus, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany


DVD Publications 

1999 For Urano, Digital Video Disc, 8'20 min., with composer Roderick de Man, Bifrons Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Baltic Gateshed, Great Britain


2010 Project studio Rome, Fonds BKVB

2009 Werkbudget, Fonds BKVB

2008 Basistipendium, Fonds BKVB

2004 Basistipendium, Fonds BKVB

2001 Projectsubsidie, Fonds BKVB

2000 Werkbeurs, Fonds BKVB

1999 Werkbeurs, Fonds BKVB

1997 Studiebeurs, Fonds BKVB 

Works by Maura Biava can be found in the following collections:

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stedelijk Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands

Kunstfort Centrum Voor actuele kunst, Vifhuizen, The Netherlands

Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Arnhem, The Netherlands

De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and in a variety of private collections.

Text by Marco Tagliaferro:

Maura Biava searches the sensible vitality of form and dilates its skin in space.The form acts on feelings through direct sensory perception and thus influence our biological state. A living space fully confident in his emotional intelligence. So its exact geometry is, for her, a means of psychological and behavioral analysis. Applying the principles of formal logic and mathematical laws, particularly those relating to methodological procedures. But, despite her firmness in applying these principles, Maura Biava is not a fanatic nor a mystical intransigent. Her art remains humanistic. A beautiful spiral is for example one of the results of the translation of mathematical formulas hybridized in plastic identity that characterized her research. I would not speak of the psychology of form but of phenomenology of vision. Her work is always acting on the psychophysical perceptive apparatus of the viewer and not only on a psychological and cultural level. Each work implies symbolic meanings but at the same time works in its most immediate perception; so it can allow both an intellectual and an emotional perception, there is an interchange between the mathematical data (which is given as the model) and the pure emotion of these basic geometric shapes that correspond to regular forms of the organic world.