Art has always been a necessity for me. Being able to lose myself in the creative process is more important to me than anything else. The human figure is a constant presence in my work, emerging from my fascination with the fragility of the human condition. Over the years my style has evolved using various media including etching, drawing, collage and oil paint. Currently, I have created my own distinctive form of expression with the use of mixed media on panel. My application of colour has been inspired by the natural earth pigments I have discovered during my many travels throughout Spain.

The ‘wall’ often figures as the background of my images. I create these walls using different layers of newsprint, sand and oilpaint, always leaving carefully chosen textlayers visible. Once my foundation has been established, I draw my elongated, almost transparent human figures. The juxtaposition of these figures within the environment becomes my statement. I know my work is finished when it moves me in every way.


Marleen Pauwels

Marleen Pauwels was born in Dendermonde, Belgium in 1959. She studied drawing at the “Constantin Meunier” Academy in Brussels and etching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Aalst and Dendermonde. In 2001 she settled in Spain where she continues today, to work as a professional artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally in artist-run spaces, galleries, museums and fairs.

Exhibitions :

2013 :Convento de Santo Domingo – Ronda - Málaga
2012 :Gallery De Bekoring – Wijk bij Duurstede – Holland
2012 :Gallery Moeëjen Daag – Tegelen - Holland
2011 :Gallery Sous-terre – Aalsmeer - Holland
2010 :Gallery Sous-terre – Aalsmeer - Holland
2010 :National exhibition of contemporary art - Rota - Cádiz
2010 :National painting exhibition – Terras de Iria – Padron - Galicia
2009 :Art centre – De Gaandery – Aalst – Belgium
2006 :Gallery Báculo – Madrid
2008 :Art centre – Tinglado 4 – Tarragona – Cataluña
2008 :Contemporary Art Fair - Jaen – Andalucia
2007 :Open studio – Siurana - Cataluña
2007 :Townhall of Prades – Cataluña
2006 :Townhall of Cornudella – Cataluña
2006 :National painting exhibition – Jaen – Andalucia
2006 :Painting Biennale - Agreda – Castilla y Leon
2006 :National painting exhibition - Granollers – Cataluña
2006 :National painting exhibition - Crevillent – Valencia
2006 :International painting exhibition - Lerida – Cataluña
2005 :International painting exhibition “Ceferino Olivé” – Reus – Cataluña
2005 :National painting exhibition - Cambrils – Cataluña
2004 :Museum of la Generalitat de Cataluña – Tarragona - Cataluña
2003 :Museum “La Abadia” Siurana - Cataluña
2003 :Gallery Antonin Piñol – Reus – Cataluña
2002 :Art centre – De Gaanderij - Aalst – Belgium
2002 :Museum “De Bres” Ruisbroek – Belgium
2001 :Open studio – Dendermonde – Belgium
2001 :Art centre - Stroming - Berlare - Belgium
2001 :Graphic Art Salon - Maastricht – Holland
2001 :Graphic Art Salon Genk – Belgium
2001 :Art Biennale - Dendermonde – Belgium
2000 :Art centre - De Werf - Aalst – Belgium
2000 :Open studio – Dendermonde - Belgium
2000 :Art Museum Klosterhof - Engelenberg – Switzerland
1997 :Art Museum Blauwendaal – Waasmunster – Belgium
1999 :Gallery - Architect Geert De Ridder – Aalst – Belgium
1996 :Gallery Affiori - St-Niklaas – Belgium
1995 :Hotel-Gallery Laurierblad - Berlare – Belgium
1995 :Gallery Espace Senghor - Brussels – Belgium

Rewards :

2010 :Finalist in National Painting Contest - Terras de Iria – Padron -Galicia
2010 :Selected in the Contemporary Art Contest – Rota – Cádiz
2009 :Winner of the National Art Contest - Yuglo- Báculo – Madrid
2009 :Finalist in the National Painting Contest - Diario de Leon
2008 :Winner of the National Painting Contest - Carta Puebla - Castilla la Mancha
2008 :Finalist in National Painting Contest - La Carolina -Jaen
2006 :Winner of the National Painting Contest - Roquetas – Cataluña
2006 :Second Prize in the VII National painting Contest - Agreda – Castilla y Leon
2006 :Honorary Mention in the National Painting Contest - Lleida -Cataluña
2006 :Finalist in the Painting Contest Paco Merino - Granollers - Cataluña
2006 :Finalist in The National Art Contest of Torredembarra– Cataluña
2006 :Finalist in the International Painting Contest - Crevillent – Valencia
2005 :Finalist in the 25th National Painting Contest - Cambrils” – Cataluña
2005 :Finalist in the 4th Painting Contest - Ceferino Olivé - Reus – Cataluña
2003 :Finalist in the 11th Contemporary Art Contest Telax - Reus – Cataluña
2001 :Second Prize in the Graphic Art Salon - Genk – Belgium
1995 :Finalist in the Palmares Renaissance - Brussels – Belgium
1989 :Finalist in the Trienal Ado Baltus - Brussels – Belgium

Collections :

-Generalitat de Catalunya – Port de Tarragona - Catalunya
-Townhall of Prades – Catalunya
-Townhall of Roqueatas – Catalunya
-Townhall of Agreda – Castilla Leon
-Townhall of Migueltura – Castilla la Mancha
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