Catharina F.M. van de Ven


2005-2011 – Academie voor Schone Kunsten Belgium
Sculpting degree with honors

2009 – 2012 master-apprentice at Eja Siepman Van den Berg

2010 – Florence Academy of Art Italy
Classical sculpting
Florence Academy of Art

Lid van de Nederlandse Kring Van Beeldhouwers
Member of the Dutch Society of Sculptors

MRBS-Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

Artist statement

As an artist I highly admire the classic visual language of the early sculptors. I am fascinated by their artisan idiom and behold the quality of their heritage with great respect. This fascination, and the classic sculpting education I enjoyed in Belgium and Florence, make that the artisan craft is always visible in my work and remains the foundation of all that I create.

Modern techniques, such as 3D printing and synthetics, present new and equally intriguing challenges for me to translate materials into monumental work. Yet, I have found that the old processes of shaping, casting, grinding and polishing are essential to reach perfection and instil authenticity in my sculptures.

As a result, old and new melt into the core of my work which always embodies an unavoidable narrative or suggestive element. For me, every piece of work has to originate from a genuine experience and must have its own sincere identity.
A lot of thought, emotion, and progressive insight go into the making of my work which, in the end, is meant to connect with the viewer.


2016: ART MIAMI: presented by Priveekollektie- November 29 – December 4
2016:The SALON- New York presented by Priveekollektie - November 11-14
2016: Dutch portrait prize : longlist exposition Loods 5 Amsterdam October 28-30
2016: PAD LONDON: presented by Priveekollektie - October 4-9
2016: Gallery Priveekollektie Heusden: Sept.10 – 29 Group exhibition
2016: Beeldenpark Drechtoevers- Papendrecht: July – installation AVA 1840
2016: Hildo Krop Museum Rams Woerthe – June 11 – October 2
2016: Gemeentekantoor Duiven – April 3 – April 29
2016: B.O.E-JHERONIMUS BOSCH 500-'s-Hertogenbosch - March 19 – July 4
2016: Abdij Mariënkroon Nieuwkuijk- Januari 24 – Februari 28
2015: Museum Het Gouverneurshuis Heusden – September 12 – October 25
2015: Heusden Vesting – April 23: sokkelproject installation AVA 1840
2014: ArtArnhem – Arnhem – November 21-22
2014: KunstMoment Diepenheim – October 9-19
2014: GALLERY PRIVEEKOLLEKTIE Heusden – September 13 – Oktober 8
2014: PULCHRI Studio Den Haag – July 12 – August 4 – Jeux d’esprits Sculptures
2013: Biennale Kunst in de Vesting Heusden – September 14-15
2013: ZOMEREXPO 2013 – June: online gallery
2012: AANWAS 8 – LOODS 6, Amsterdam – November: group exposition
2012: Kunstschouw Zeeland – June: group exposition
2012: voorBEELDEN III Amsterdam – February: group exposition NKvB
2011: DDW Dutch Design Week Eindhoven – October: group exposition Shapeways
2011: Gereformeerde Kerk Heusden – September: solo exposition
2011: Academie voor Schone Kunsten – Belgium – June: graduation exposition
2009: KunstVesting Heusden – September: open atelier
2007: KunstVesting Heusden – September: open atelier