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Art has always been a necessity for me. Being able to lose myself in the creative process is more important to me than anything else. The human figure is a constant presence in my work, emerging from my fascination with the fragility of the human condition. Over the years my style has evolved using various media including etching, drawing, collage and oil paint. Currently, I have created my own distinctive form of expression with the use of mixed media on panel. My application of colour has been inspired by the natural earth pigments I have discovered during my many travels throughout Spain.

The ‘wall’ often figures as the background of my images. I create these walls using different layers of newsprint, sand and oilpaint, always leaving carefully chosen textlayers visible. Once my foundation has been established, I draw my elongated, almost transparent human figures. The juxtaposition of these figures within the environment becomes my statement. I know my work is finished when it moves me in every way.


Marleen Pauwels

Marleen Pauwels was born in Dendermonde, Belgium in 1959. She studied drawing at the “Constantin Meunier” Academy in Brussels and etching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Aalst and Dendermonde. In 2001 she settled in Spain where she continues today, to work as a professional artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally in artist-run spaces, galleries, museums and fairs.

Exhibitions :

2013 : Convento de Santo Domingo – Ronda - Málaga

2012 : Gallery De Bekoring – Wijk bij Duurstede – Holland

2012 : Gallery Moeëjen Daag – Tegelen - Holland

2011 : Gallery Sous-terre – Aalsmeer - Holland

2010 : Gallery Sous-terre – Aalsmeer - Holland

2010 : National exhibition of contemporary art - Rota - Cádiz

2010 : National painting exhibition – Terras de Iria – Padron - Galicia

2009 : Art centre – De Gaandery – Aalst – Belgium

2006 : Gallery Báculo – Madrid

2008 : Art centre – Tinglado 4 – Tarragona – Cataluña

2008 : Contemporary Art Fair - Jaen – Andalucia

2007 : Open studio – Siurana - Cataluña

2007 : Townhall of Prades – Cataluña

2006 : Townhall of Cornudella – Cataluña

2006 : National painting exhibition – Jaen – Andalucia

2006 : Painting Biennale - Agreda – Castilla y Leon

2006 : National painting exhibition - Granollers – Cataluña

2006 : National painting exhibition - Crevillent – Valencia

2006 : International painting exhibition - Lerida – Cataluña

2005 : International painting exhibition “Ceferino Olivé” – Reus – Cataluña

2005 : National painting exhibition - Cambrils – Cataluña

2004 : Museum of la Generalitat de Cataluña – Tarragona - Cataluña

2003 : Museum “La Abadia” Siurana - Cataluña

2003 : Gallery Antonin Piñol – Reus – Cataluña

2002 : Art centre – De Gaanderij - Aalst – Belgium

2002 : Museum “De Bres” Ruisbroek – Belgium

2001 : Open studio – Dendermonde – Belgium

2001 : Art centre - Stroming - Berlare - Belgium

2001 : Graphic Art Salon - Maastricht – Holland

2001 : Graphic Art Salon Genk – Belgium

2001 : Art Biennale - Dendermonde – Belgium

2000 : Art centre - De Werf - Aalst – Belgium

2000 : Open studio – Dendermonde - Belgium

2000 : Art Museum Klosterhof - Engelenberg – Switzerland

1997 : Art Museum Blauwendaal – Waasmunster – Belgium

1999 : Gallery - Architect Geert De Ridder – Aalst – Belgium

1996 : Gallery Affiori - St-Niklaas – Belgium

1995 : Hotel-Gallery Laurierblad - Berlare – Belgium

1995 : Gallery Espace Senghor - Brussels – Belgium

Rewards :

2010 : Finalist in National Painting Contest - Terras de Iria – Padron -Galicia

2010 : Selected in the Contemporary Art Contest – Rota – Cádiz

2009 : Winner of the National Art Contest - Yuglo- Báculo – Madrid

2009 : Finalist in the National Painting Contest - Diario de Leon

2008 : Winner of the National Painting Contest - Carta Puebla - Castilla la Mancha

2008 : Finalist in National Painting Contest - La Carolina -Jaen

2006 : Winner of the National Painting Contest - Roquetas – Cataluña

2006 : Second Prize in the VII National painting Contest - Agreda – Castilla y Leon

2006 : Honorary Mention in the National Painting Contest - Lleida -Cataluña

2006 : Finalist in the Painting Contest Paco Merino - Granollers - Cataluña

2006 : Finalist in The National Art Contest of Torredembarra– Cataluña

2006 : Finalist in the International Painting Contest - Crevillent – Valencia

2005 : Finalist in the 25th National Painting Contest - Cambrils” – Cataluña

2005 : Finalist in the 4th Painting Contest - Ceferino Olivé - Reus – Cataluña

2003 : Finalist in the 11th Contemporary Art Contest Telax - Reus – Cataluña

2001 : Second Prize in the Graphic Art Salon - Genk – Belgium

1995 : Finalist in the Palmares Renaissance - Brussels – Belgium

1989 : Finalist in the Trienal Ado Baltus - Brussels – Belgium

Collections :

  • Generalitat de Catalunya – Port de Tarragona - Catalunya
  • Townhall of Prades – Catalunya
  • Townhall of Roqueatas – Catalunya
  • Townhall of Agreda – Castilla Leon
  • Townhall of Migueltura – Castilla la Mancha
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