Monique van Steen

Monique van Steen

Netherlands 1976


Monique van Steen
Monique van Steen
January 22, 2016
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Monique van Steen is a Dutch painter, living and working in Barcelona, Spain. She is known for her Pop Art style portraits, which she calls Beauties.

She was born in 1976 in Breda, Netherlands, where she studied fine arts at Hogeschool voor Kunst en Vormgeving in Den Bosch from 1994 to 1999. While studying in the Netherlands, Monique received an Erasmus grant in 1997. She chose to study at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Jaume I in Valencia, Spain. During her studies abroad, Van Steen found out that her philosophy of life had more similarities with the one of artists in Spain.


Monique Van Steen - Harpalice, 2011
Monique Van Steen – Harpalice, 2011

Relocating to Spain and the Mediterranean light had a great influence on her art, especially when it comes to her color palette. In the Netherlands she majored in ceramic sculpture and worked in Chinese ink on paper, but around 2005/2006 she switched to painting on canvas. However, the influence of Chinese ink drawings is still significant, and can be seen in her colorful paintings. When creating her works, Van Steen uses the technique of dripping. Her works portray classic beauty through close-ups of faces, resembling the beauty world of magazines and fashion advertisements.

Her work was featured in numerous publications. She exhibited her work in many solo and group exhibitions both in Spain and in other countries, such as Austria, Australia, Jordan, France and Germany.


Monique van Steen - Oritia, 2013
Monique van Steen – Oritia, 2013 (left) detail (right)

The artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Gold Coast, Australia.

Monique van Steen lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

All images courtesy of the artist and 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueGroup/Solo
2015Singular BeautiesForesight Art Gallery, Amman, JordanSolo
2015Bienvenida BarcelonaForum Kunst&Architectur Essen, GermanyGroup
2014Beauty MattersEl hotel de Pacha, Ibiza, SpainSolo
2014Group Show19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AustraliaGroup
2014Group ShowTrinity Lutheran College Art & Craft Exhibition, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
201428th Annual Diownlands College Arts ExhibitionToowoomba, AustraliaGroup
2014Group ShowRRM Gallery, Ibiza, SpainGroup
2014Group ShowLendnine Gallery, Graz, AustriaGroup
2014Group ShowArtevistas Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Group ShowArt District, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2014Group ShowForesight Gallery, Amman, JordanGroup
2014Group ShowIci Art Gallery, Heusden, NetherlandsGroup
2013FlirtingsHotel Meliá, Mallorca, SpainnSolo
2013Group ShowRuta de Arte, Palma de Mallorca, SpainGroup
2013Group Show19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2013Group ShowArtevistas Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013Group ShowArt District, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2012i-candyArtevistas gallery, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2012Belle du nuitWellington, BarcelonaSolo
2012Group ShowLendnine, Graz, AustriaGroup
2012Group Show19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2011Contemporary goddessesCan Jeroni, San Josep, SpainSolo
2011Vanity FairCultural space of the Diario, Ibiza, SpainSolo
2011ArtbrusellasBrusells, BelgiumGroup
2011X Bienal de LalínnRamón Ma Aller Museum of Lalín, Galicia, SpainnGroup
2011A shout out to my city Foresight Gallery Amman, JordanGroup
2010IntimidadesArtevistas gallery, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2010Group ShowArtevistas Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010Sunny Art FairJordanGroup
2010Art TorontoToronto, CanadaGroup
2010AAFLondon, UKGroup
2010AAFNew York, USAGroup
2010AAFParis, FranceGroup
2010Open Art FairUtrecht NetherlandsGroup
2010Group ShowDe galerie Den Haag, The Hague, NetherlandsGroup
2009Terminos femeninosIbiza, SpainSolo
2009Group ShowArtevistas gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2009Group ShowSarl gallery, Albi, FranceGroup
2009Group ShowDe galerie Den Haag, The Hague NetherlandsGroup
2008This is not a pipeSala el Pati, Cambrils, SpainSolo
2008Group ShowArtevistas gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2008WomartWelldone Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007Group ShowArtevistas Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007ComicsBudda Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007V young painters award MenariniMunicipal museum of Badalona, SpainGroup
2007IV autumn award of paintng Ibiza and FormenteraMunicipal space Jesus, IbizaGroup
2006Pisando ForteMunicipal museum of Lalin, SpainSolo
2006HedonismoGalería Km5, San Jose de sa Talaia, SpainnSolo
2006XXVI painting award Vila de CambrilsCambrils, SpainGroup
2006Painting award Gaspar CampsLeather museum of Igualada, SpainGroup
2006III young painters award MenariniMunicipal Museum of Badalona, SpainGroup
2006III autumn award of paintng Ibiza and FormenteraMunicipal space of San Ferran, FormenteraGroup
2006Miniprint internationalGallery Forte y Adobi, Cadaqués, SpainnGroup
2005III young painters award MenariniMunicipal museum of Badalona, SpainGroup
2005XXI painting award Homenatge a Isidre Mercadé FerrandonLleida, SpainGroup
2005Painting award Gaspar CampsLeather museum of Igualada, SpainGroup
2004Exposición Petit FormatnBenissalem, Mallorca, SpainGroup
2004Noche del Arte, art-fairLas Dalias, Sant Carlos, SpainGroup
2003VI Bienal de Lalín Pintor LaxeironMunicipal museum Ramón Ma Aller at Lalín, SpainnGroup
2001Group ShowGallery De Compagnie Dordrecht HollandGroup
2001Art-fair RaiRotterdam, HollandGroup
2000Die Grösskeramik im FreiennKeramikmuseum Höhr-Grenshausen, GermanynGroup
2000Art manifistation 2000Deurne, HollandGroup
2000III Certamen Nacional de Escultura Leganés, SpainnGroup
1999symposium The ceramic milleniumstand Vingerling, Amsterdam, HollandGroup
1999Eindexamen expositie´s-Hertogenbosch, HollandnGroup
201Group ShowLendnine, Graz, AustriaGroup