My work is centered around silence and solitude. The ‘wall’ often features as the background of my images, always leaving a door or window open, inviting the viewer to look beyond their initial impression. Over the years my style has evolved using various media including etching, drawing, collage and oil paint.


In my present work, I have created my own distinctive form of expression with the use of acrylics, oil and pencil on wood. My palette is intentionally restrained; I want to create an atmosphere in my work, and too many bright colors would generate a language that is not useful to me. My current paintings feature either extremely elongated, or minuscule chubby figures in a minimalist environment. By playing with scale I want to provoke a sense of confusion for the viewer. My figures reflect in their nude and almost transparent bodies, a feeling of isolation, but also a strength and power to go back to the essence of what we are. The juxtaposition of these figures within empty spaces - away from any unnecessary adornments - confirms 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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