Olivia Hernaïz is a Belgian-Spanish artist born in 1985. She first studied law in Belgium and Argentina. While practicing as a copyright lawyer, she completed a BFA at La Cambre, ENSAV in Brussels. In 2016, she obtained an MFA at Goldsmiths University of London.

In 2017, Hernaïz won the first prize of Art Contest, a leading Belgian competition supported by the Boghossian Foundation. Consequently, she had her first solo show in the Museum of Ixelles in Brussels, entitled As Long As The Sun Follows Its Course.

In 2019, she was chosen by the Belgian Ministry of Culture (WBI) to be the visual artist in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2018, she was the recipient of a fully funded residency at Can Serrat near Barcelona.

Her installations have been featured in multiple exhibitions around the world, most recently Médiatine 15#1, CWB, Paris (2019), All About You, The Koppel Project Hive, London (2019), Push You Luck, Island, Brussels (2019), Abracadabra, Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Moscow (2018); Le Consulat, Collectionair, Lisbon (2018), Les Flâneuses, Art Night London (2018) and The Gathering, Panthera Today, Brussels (2018).

Her videos were included in several video festivals such as Public Pool #6: Common Commun, C-E-A and FRAC Champagne-Ardennes, Reims (2019), LOOP, shortlisted for the Discovery Award, Barcelona (2018) and Meer-kost #1: Provenance, Dok Gent, Belgium (2018).

In winter 2019, she will be on a residency at Guest Projects, a space founded by Yinka Shonibare Studio in London.

In January 2020, she will join the HISK program in Gand (Belgium).


Born 1985, lives and works between Paris and Brussels.  


2020 Postgraduate at HISK, Gand, BE

2016        M.F.A. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2009       B.F.A. La Cambre, Brussels, BE

2008       M.A. Law, UCL, Louvain-la Neuve and UBA, Buenos Aires, AG

2005       B.A. Law, FUSL, Brussels, BE



As Long As The Sun Follows Its Course, Museum of Ixelles, Brussels - BE

Make Yourself Comfortable, Art Brussels, Art Contest, Brussels - BE



Hzarad, Ladestructiondesespacesvides (curated by Iris Lafon), Brussels - BE




Prix Médiatine 15#1, Centre Wallonie Bruxelles (curated by Sandra Amboldi), Paris - FR

All About You, The Koppel Project (curated by Alex White), London - UK

Push Your Luck, exhibition with Ruth Waters and Soohyun Choi (curated by Olivia Hernaïz), Island, Brussels - BE


Moscow Biennale for Young Art (curated by Lucrezia Calabro Visconti), Moscow - RU

Le Consulat, Collectionair (curated by Alix Janta-Polczynski), Lisbon - PT

The Gathering, Panthera Today, Art Brussels Off Program, Brussels - BE



I had no idea: idea nr. 18, Alteria Art, London - UK

36 nuances de vert, tribute to Bernard Lorge, Project Room, La Cambre, Brussels - BE

CacotopiaAnnka Kultys Gallery, London - UK



Art Contest, ADAM, Brussels - BE

Make yourself comfortable,  Goldsmiths, University of London, London - UK

Abstract Rendering, Collectionair (curated by Alix Janta-Polczynski, Alteria Art) - online

Sham, Chalton Gallery (curated by Ruth Waters and Marianna Echeverri), London - UK

No lifeguard on duty, Westwerk (curated by Tony Tremlett and Caroline Elbaor), Hamburg - DE

Médiatine Award Exhibition, La Médiatine, Brussels - BE



Duchamp is innocent,  Chalton Gallery (curated by Helena Lugo), London - UK

I had no idea, Goldsmiths, University of London, London - UK



Seven Girls doing it,  Hangar Art Center (curated by Charlotte Friling), Brussels - BE



Parallax Scrolling, Galerie 100 Titres (curated by Iris Lafon), Brussels - BE





Art & My Career, FRAC Champagne- Ardenne, Reims - FR

Dialo(o)g(ue) II, Next Generation Please!, round table speaker, BOZAR - BE 

Open Mike, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris - FR

Commun Common, Public Pool #6, FRAC Champagne- Ardenne, C-E-A / Association française des commissaires d’exposition (curated by Jean-Christophe Arcos, Madeleine Filippi et Marie Gayet), Reims - FR


LOOP festival, professional meeting, Methodologies of film and video art montage, Barcelona - ES

MEER-kost #1: Provenance (curated by Mirthe Demaerel, Ilse Roosens and Celine Vermeire), DOK Gent - BE

Art Night London 2018, Self-defense for the Flâneuses, London - UK



Live Concert, As Long As The Sun Follows Its Course, Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels - BE

Screening of UK-based artists, Ladron Galeria (curated by Javier Calderon), Mexico City - ME


Love (without capital): Imagining Relations after UBI, The Showroom, London - UK


Dessine-moi ton pays, publication of a children's book with Aude de Prelle


The House, Commission for the Liverpool Park, Brussels - BE




Guest Projects (founded by Shonibare studio), The Power of Sound with artists Stephanie Gervais, Máté Pacsika and Iris van der Wal, and curator Berber Meindertsma, London - UK

Production Grant 2019, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Ministry of Culture, Brussels - BE

La Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, full grant residency, Studio Reine Elizabeth, Wallonie Brussels International, Paris - FR


Can Serrat, Full grant and residency, El Bruc, Barcelona - ES

LOOP Discover Award (shortlisted), Barcelona - ES



Art Contest, Boghossian Foundation - First Prize, ADAM, Brussels - BE (Jury Members: Albert Baronian (Gallery), Liliane De Wachter (MUHKA), Dirk Snauwaert (WIELS), Carine Bienfait (JAP), Catherine Mayeur (Art historian)

Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow/Vishny Volochok - RU (founded by Joseph Bakstein)  

ACME Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award (shortlisted), London - UK ( Partnership funded by ACME Studios, Jane Hamlyn and the Artisa Foundation)

Médiatine Award Competition, Cocof - Second Prize, Brussels - BE (Jury President : Carine Fol, Centrale For Contemporary Art)


Joya: arte+ ecología, Cortijada Los Gazques, Andalusia - ES

Prix Jeune Artiste, Parlement de la Communauté Française (shortlisted), Brussels - BE



2014    Would you like to make my portrait? Texts by Olivia Hernaïz, Brussels

2013    Brussels Anti-Demolition Campaign. Texts by Olivia Hernaïz, Brussels




Hocepied, Marie. “Comme un art de famille”, ELLE Belgique (May 2019): 98

"Olivia Hernaïz and Ruth Waters: takedown of the caring corporates", Mia London Blog (April 2019) (online

"All About You", Art Rabbit (April 2019) (online

"Events this week, Monday : All About You", Art Licks (April 2019) (online

Debrocq, Aliénor. “Forcer la chance”, Le Soir MAD (March 2019): 45 and online

Bechet, Gilles. “L’expo de groupe ‘Push Your Luck’ chez Island”, Bruzz (March 2019):28 and online


Goffaux, Pascal. "Expo concert d'Olivia Hernaïz au Musée d'Ixelles", (September 2017) (radio podcast)

Caltagirone, Sandra. "Make Yourself Comfortable", L'Art Même (numéro 73) : 57  

Mabille Eric. "Olivia Hernaïz. Make Yourself Comfortable", Boombartstic (July 2017) (online)

Goffaux, Pascal. "Mettez-vous à l'aise avec Olivia Hernaïz", (June 2017) (radio podcast and article)

Haentjens, Elien. "L'artiste du mois: Olivia Hernaïz", Collect AAA (May 2017):18

Khan, Tabish. "The top five exhibition to see in London this week, Fad Magazine" (January 2017) (online)

"Five artists in five weeks for Cacotopia at Annka Kultys starting Jan 10", Aqnb (January 2017) (online



Debrocq, Aliénor. “ArtContest soutient l’éclosion des jeunes plasticiens”, Le Soir (December 2016): 33

Lorent, Claude. "Artcontest prime trois femmes", La Libre (December 2016):57 and online

Kalamotusis, Pallas. "Collecting stones with artist Olivia Hernaïz", Inside Collectionair, Journal (June 2016) (online) 

Lorent, Claude. “Corne d’abondance de jeunes créateurs plasticiens,”  La Libre (March 2016):22



Gangemi, Rosanna.“Seven girls doing it: an art project in Brussels,” Drome magazine (April 2014) (online)



Schug, Sarah. “Opening tonight: Parallax Scrolling group show,” The Word Magazine (May 2013) (online)