SILVIA B. _OF BEAUTY AND DOUBT
Silvia B. (1963) lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She studied Sculpture and
Fashion at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (1983-1986) and Art History at Rijks
Universiteit Leiden (1990-1992).
A sensitive and dedicated observer of behaviour and representation, Silvia B. denotes the schism between the constraints imposed by a cultivated reality and the deeper intuitive and instinctive layers that lie within us.
The meticulously and patiently crafted sculptures of Silvia B. are in the first instance highly
attractive, luring the viewer to come and take a closer look. It is then that their disquieting
aesthetic becomes apparent as it is realized that their beauty is of no ordinary kind. These figures are hybrid beings: between man and beast, doll and robot, confusing gender and age.
In addition to her iconic sculptures she creates drawings, photographs, a line of gloves,
SKINOVER (2006-2010), and curated several art projects such as Cry me a Castle (1990) in the
Castle of Rhoon and Bloody Beautiful (2007) at the Museum Rotterdam. Besides her specific
exhibition designs she also designed an apartment in Rotterdam and just finished one in London.
She engaged in several artist cooperations, the latest result is a liquor brand, producing
STOOKOLIE 010 and Solitaire (2017). She was a founding member and manager of Het Wilde Weten, studio’s and artist run space in Rotterdam (1991-1996), Director of even months of the smallest museum of the world: Museum van Nagsael, Rotterdam (1995-2006) and the creator of the Dutch largest steel sculpture of a lady: U l t r a, Groningen (2004). Silvia B. has been a member of various committees for the Rotterdam City Art Center, CBK and a visiting lecturer at several Dutch Art Academies.
Her work is represented in public collections such as Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,
Museum Beelden aan Zee, Museum Rotterdam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Museum Voorlinden,
KRC Art Collection, Museum MORE, as well as various international private collections. She
received multiple grants and subsidies from the Mondriaan Fund, Prins Bernhard Fund and CBK
(between 1991 and 2016). Silvia B. was nominated for The Artist of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014,
2016, 2017, 2018) and for the Dolf Henkes Award (2014).
Solo exhibitions include GEM (2008) and Museum Beelden aan Zee (2012) both in The Hague,
Ron Mandos gallery in Amsterdam (2016), Odapark in Venray (2016) and a large retrospective
show at Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede (2016-2017).
Group shows include KIASMA – Museum for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, FI (2012), Verbeke
Foundation in Kemzeke, BE (2014), Musée la Halle St. Pierre in Paris, FR (2011), GAD-Art in
Oslo, NO (2008), Singer Museum in Laren (2012), Centraal Museum in Utrecht (2016), Stedelijk
Museum in Schiedam (2005), TENT in Rotterdam (2013), Museum Voorlinden (2017).
There have been many publications in national newspapers, international magazines, exhibition
and collection catalogues and recently her monograph OF BEAUTY AND DOUBT (2016) has