Denis van Baren

b 1968 Paris. Lives and works in Berlin.


Memory is the central theme of van Baren’s works, but it is also its main conceptual tool. The painting process starts with a global, abstract composition that evolves in part to an almost photorealistic figuration without any iconographic support and generally without any preparatory sketch. The subject of the painting also emerges from this transition, from blurred to sharp.
The shaping alternates interventions on the canvas with maturation phases during which each detail, observed and memorized, is later further worked, reshaped and is refined under the influence of van Baren’s past visual experiences.


  • 1992 Graduate in architecture, Brussels, Belgium, ISASLB High School
  • 2003 Master in restoration of architectural heritage, Liège, FERSPA (now connected Ulg University)
  • 1992-2010 Architect, visual artist
  • 2011-2016 Lives in Berlin, where he works exclusively as a visual artist
  • 2016.10 Perspectives, solo show, watercolors, acrylic paintings, Delen Private Bank HQ, Brussels
  • 2016.06 SPEED, solo show, acrylic paintings, Espace FMA, Brussels
  • 2015.02 Collective Amnesia, acrylic paintings and sketches, Raum B, Berlin
  • 2014.03 Abstract Landscapes, oil and acrylic paintings, Espace GL21, Brussels
  • 2013.02 Piles of Books, acrylic paintings, Domaine de Tara, Roussillon, France
group exhibitions :
  • 2016.03 Traces, installation, Iodeposito, Trieste (It.) - archeological forum
  • 2016.03 Douaumont, watercolours, Iodeposito, Piran (Slovenia), Tartini House
  • 2015.08 OUTinSIDER, watercolour, acrylic paintings and drawings, Freyer Marktforschung, Berlin
  • 2014.07 Genius Loci, acrylic paintingsKunst am Spreeknie 7, Schöneweide art festival, Berlin
  • 2013.07 Ortgeist, acrylic paintings, Kunst am Spreeknie 6, Schöneweide art festival, Berlin,
  • Anmerkungen zum Beginn des kurzen 20. Jahrhunderts Recent European art on World War I
  • Group exhibition, artists: Kader Attia, Denis van Baren, Marcin Berdyszak, Léa le Bricomte, Nin Brudermann, Susanne von Bülow, Søren Thilo Funder, Tom Gefken, Group San Donato (Oleg Blyablyas, Alexey Chebykin, Evgeny Umansky), Martin Krenn, Olga Alia Krulišová & Jana Mořkovská, Ruppe Koselleck, Anton Kuznetsov, Jérôme Leuba, Radenko Milak, Mladen Miljanović, Jo Preußler & Axel Töpfer, Joachim Seinfeld, Deborah Sengl, Slaven Tolj
  • Curators: Andrea Domesle, Frank Eckhardt
  • 2018 Motorenhalle, Contemporary Art Museum, Dresden, Germany

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