Caroline O'Breen


Curriculum Vitae 

Born in 1970 in Reggio Emilia, Italy

Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands



1988 - 92    Brera Academy, Milan, Italy

1997 - 99    Rijksakademie, Amsterdam The Netherlands



2005 now     Royal Academy, The Hague, The Netherlands.

2015 - 16      Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



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

2010 - 11     American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.

2013             Museum Zauli, Faenza, Italy.

2014             ISCP, New York City, USA

2017             Le Maupas A.I.R. France

2020 - 22    IBB, Curacao, The Netherlands Antille



Selected Solo exhibitions

2022   Nature * Patterns, Gallery Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2022   Breath, The Smallest Gallery, in passage de Hallen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2021  Spinning the stars, museum BAZ, The Hague, The Netherlands

2019   Zero & Five, Galerie Caroline O'Breen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2019  Form Informed, sculptures & prints, in the de Quistvitrine at the Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, The Netherlands

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  {\displaystyle {x^{2} \over a^{2}}+{y^{2} \over b^{2}}+{z^{2} \over c^{2}}=1} Museo Zauli, Marco Tagliafierro, Faenza, Italy

2011  Scintillascopy, Maura Biava & Dike Blair, Cascina Cuccagna, Milan, 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

2022   Experimentumcrucis, Ex Caserma Cassonello, Noto, Italy

2021   All'ombra del... Contemporary Art project Villa Iblea, Sicila, Italy

2020  The Natural, Galerie Caroline O'Breen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2019   Point in time, 50 years EKWC, Priveekollektie gallery, Heusden, The Netherlands

2018  The Artist Mind: 8 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 

2022  Spira Mirabilis And Other Spiral Patterns, by Mark Allen, Maura Biava, and Emily Joyce, Published by PrintRoom, Rotterdam.

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



2021                Project grant, Mondriaan Founds

2020 - 22        IBB Curaçao, Mondriaan Founds

2018 - 22        Established Artist grant, Mondriaan Founds

2008 - 12        Basic grant, Mondriaan Founds

2010                Project studio Rome, Mondriaan Founds

2009               Work grant, Mondriaan Founds

2004 - 08       Basic grant, Mondriaan Founds

2001                Project grant, Mondriaan Founds

2000               Work grant, Mondriaan Founds

1999                Work grant, Mondriaan Founds

1997 - 99        Study grant, Mondriaan Founds


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.