BIOGRAPHY

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

CV

Born 1985, lives and works between Paris and Brussels.  

Education

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

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

Make Yourself Comfortable, Art Contest window, Galeries Rivoli, Brussels - BE

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

 

2014    

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

 

SeLECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

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

2018

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

 

2017

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

 

2016  

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

 

2015   

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

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

 

2014   

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

 

2013   

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

 

SELECTED PrOJECTS/SCREENINGS/PERFORMANCES

 

2019

Art & My Career, FRAC Champagne- Ardenne, Reims - FR (à venir- 20 septembre)

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

2018

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

 

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014   

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

 

AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2019

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 (to come Nov-Dec)

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 (dec 2018 - feb 2019)

2018

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

LOOP Discover Award (shortlisted), Barcelona - ES

 

2016           

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)
 

2015                

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

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

 

MONOGRAPHS, SOLO EXHIBITION CATALOGUES & ARTIST BOOKS (PUBLICATIONS)

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

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

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY (ARTICLES & REVIEWS)

2019

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

2017

Goffaux, Pascal. "Expo concert d'Olivia Hernaïz au Musée d'Ixelles", Rtbf.be (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", Rtbf.be (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

 

2016

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

 

2014  

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

 

2013    

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