Monique van Genderen


b. Vancouver, British Columbia

Monique van Genderen’s compositions create a painterly language that is concerned with surface, finish, and continued interventions within the subject of painting. Her works are decidedly flat, reveling in their two-dimensionality and reliance on their materials. Odd angles, wonky forms and dry brush strokes determine an underlying narrative.

Her compositions are simultaneously spontaneous and controlled. Van Genderen works out mood-shifting gestures that range from sublime, candy-like colors and glazes, to agitated or burdened muddles. Frivolity and levity are negotiated against harshness and gravity.

Monique van Genderen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and lives in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in 1987 from the University of California, San Diego, and her MFA in 1991 from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Solo exhibitions of her work has been organized at Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum; Kunstverein Heilbronn,Heilbronn, Germany; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; D’Amelio Gallery, New York; Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe,New York; Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin; and Chinati Foundation, Marfa,TX. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland; Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Art Unlimited at Art Basel 37; and in the 48thCorcoran Biennial in Washington, DC.



1991 M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

1987 B.F.A.University of California, San Diego CA


Select Solo Exhibitions

2014, Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, NY

2014,TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM

2013,Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA

2012, D’Amelio Gallery, New York, NY

2012, Effearte, Milan, Italy

2011, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA

2011,Monique van Genderen, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany

2011,The Gentle Art of Making Enemies,Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin, Germany

2009,The Library: Start this Story Over, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

2009, Personal Exhibition, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

2008, Effearte,Milan, Italy

2008, Dirty Water, Galerie Michael Janssen,Berlin, Germany

2007, New Works, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

2007,Voges and Partner, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2007,Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria

2006, The Sensory Foundations of Mental Life, Savannah College of Atlanta, GA Art and Design

2006,Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium

2006,Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2006,Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece

2005,Within the same breath…, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

2005,The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

2005,Howard House, Seattle, WA

2004,Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa,TX

2004,The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

2003, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2002, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Venice, CA


Select Group Exhibitions

2012,Burning Colours, HOPSTREET, Brussels, Belgium

2012,The Venice Beach Biennial, Venice, CA

2012,The Planter Show, For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011, Dorothea, Ancient & Modern, London, UK

2011, Works of Paper, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011, Los Angeles Museum of Ceramics, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010, Ambigu-Zeitgenoessische Malerie zwischen Abstraktion and Narration, Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, CH

2010, Brandstrup Gallery, Oslo, Norway

2010, Hoehenkoller, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

2008, Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art, Japanese American National Museum,Los Angeles, CA

2007, Back to Nature, Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria

2007,Twentieth Century Fox Studios, organized by the UCLA/Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2007, Fleeing the Scene, The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007, Small but Beautiful, Gasser & Grunert, Inc, New York, NY

2007, SparkleThen Fade, Tacoma Art Museum,Tacoma, WA

2007, Modern Lovers, Glendale College of Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

2007, Group Show, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece

2006, Art Unlimited, curated by Samuel Keller, Art Basel 37, Basel Switzerland

2006, III Edicio del Certamen Internacional de Pintura de Castello, Museum de Belles Arts de Castello, Castello de laPlana, Spain

2006, Masters& Johnson, Galeria Charro Negro Guadalajara, Mexico

2006, Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists’ Books, The Frances Lehmna Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

2006, Los Angeles Art Now, Galeri SE, Bergen, Norway

2006, Rundumschlag, Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria

2006, Hotel California, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

2006, Strictly Painting, presented by Galerie Michael Janssen, Dogenjaus Galerie, Voges +Partner Galerie, David Hunt, KLF-Project Space, New York, NY

2005, Wall Paintings, curated by Francis Colpitt, University of San Antonio, San Antonio,Texas

2005, Strictly Painting III, The Right Side of Painting, Voges + Partner Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2005, Sight Lines, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany

2005, Closer to Home, The 48th Corcoran Biennial, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

2004, Full House, curated by David Pagel, Clairmont Graduate Art Gallery,Clairmont, CA

2004,The sixth annual altoids curiously strong collection“, The New Museum New York,NY

2004, Consolidated Works , Seattle, WA

2004,So few opportunities, so many mistakes, curated by Josh Smith, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, New York

2004,Wake-up and apologize, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003, Small Works, Margo Victor Presents, Hollywood,CA

2003, The greatest album covers that never were,Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003,The Art of Pain, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA

2003, Fragments, PSprojectspace, Amsterdam,The Netherlands

2002, Art of Paper, APER, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC

2002, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2002, Fake Paintings, Kbond, Los Angeles, CA

2001, Lineformcolor, Howard House, Seattle, WA

2001, Big Plastic, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

2001, Cross-Cuts:Seven Los Angeles Artists, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, Los Angeles, CA

2001, Snapshot:New Art from Los Angeles, Armand Hammer Museum (traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL), Los Angeles, CA

2001, De Beaufort, Exposito, van Genderen, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2001, Painting beyond Painting, Christine Rose Gallery, New York, NY

1997,Trimmings and Scraps, Gavlak Projects, Silverlake, CA

1997, Trans Inter Post: Hybrid Spaces, curated by Pamela Bailey, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA

1997, Loves Labor‘s Lost, curated by Sue Spaid, collaboration with John Souza

1993, Private and public pleasures, </curated by Lauren Lesko, Los Angeles, CA


Select Press

2013, Michael Shaw and Jody Zellen,”Olga Koumoundourous and Monique Van Genderen at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,” Art Scene, April 2013.

2013, Jeff Frederick, “Exhibition Reviews: Monique Van Genderen,” Art In America, January 2013.

2012, Edie Cohen, “What a Hunk,” Interior Design, August 2012.

2011, David Pagel, “Panache and purpose collide,” Los Angeles Times, August 25,2012.

2011, “Kristin Calabrese, Monique van Genderen and Mindy Shapero,” The Huffington Post,
August 23, 2011.

2011, David Pagel, “Los Angeles Museum of Ceramic Art at ACME,” Los Angeles Times,
January 13, 2011.

2011, Lyra Kilston, “Los Angeles Museum of Ceramic Art,” Artforum, January 20, 2011.

2010, Konrad Bitterli, “Ambigu -Contemporary Painting between Abstraction and Narration,”Kunstmuseum exhibition catalogue, St. Gallen,

2009, Christopher Knight,”Transmitted and transmuted,” Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2009.

2009,Christopher Miles, “Monique van Genderen at The Happy Lion,” LA Weekly, May 27, 2009.

2009, Allison Gibson, “Monique van Genderen at The Happy Lion,” Art Ltd., September 2009.

2008, Isella Marzoccchi, “Protagoniste Monique van Genderen,” Allure, December 2008, pp 38-41.

2008, Brooke Hodge, “Seeing Things | Flower Power,” T Magazine/New York Times, June 26

2007, Christophe Schütte, “Surfen Auf Malerei,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung,no 40,

2007, Rebecca Cochran, “Monique van Genderen at ACA Gallery of SCAD,” Art in America,April 2007.

2007, Peter Frank, “Sensuous Strokes: Norman Bluhm, Monique Van Genderen, Jeff Gambill,”
LA Weekly, July 3.

2007, CatherineTaft, “Catherine Taft’s Roundup of the Best Shows in LA in June,”

2006, Bayar Devrin, Frog, no 4, Automne-Hiver, pp 68-70.

2006, Fabian Defendini, Frog, no 4, Automne-Hiver, pp 70-71.

2006, Barry Schwabsky, “Monique van Genderen: The Happy Lion,” Artforum, vol.44, no. 5,
January 2006.

2006,”Continuing and Recommended Exhibitions,” Art Scene, September 30,2006.

2006, VAC: Colección Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, IVAM – Institut Valencià d‘Art Modern,València, Spain, exhibition catalogue.

2006, Lisa Kurzner, “Monique van Genderen: The Sensory Foundations of Mental Life,” ACA Gallery of the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta, exhibition catalogue.

2006, Mary Kay Lombino,”Off the Shelf,” The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center of Vassar College,Poughkeepsie, NY.

2006, Turia Stark Williams, “Monique van Genderen Lectures, Presents Exhibition at SCAD-Atlanta,”, illustrated essay.

2005,Christopher Knight, “Bold Forms, Elusive Colors,” Los Angeles Times,September 30, 2005.

2005, Claudia Funke, “Four Young Artists at Michael Janssen,” Kölner Stadt-Anzeigen,March 17, 2005.

2005, Jennife rJankauskas, “Wall Painting at UTSA gallery,” Glasstire: Texas visual art online, September.

2005, Jonathan P. Binstock and Stacey Schmidt, “The 48th Biennial: Closer to Home,” The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, illustrated exhibition catalogue.

2005, Frances Colpitt, “Wall Painting,” University of Texas at San Antonio, TX.

2004, Peter Frank, “Pick of the Week,” LA Weekly, February 6-12, 2004, p 142.

2004, Michael Ned Holte, “Critics Pics,”, January 16,2004.

2003, Miriam Seidel, “A fine frenzy of pattern and color fit for Furness’ hall,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 10.

2003, Roberta Fallon, “Sketches: Labor Pains,” Philadelphia Weekly, October 1-7, p42.

2003, Blake Miller, “What To Do,” Philadelphia Magazine, September, 2003, p 180.

2003, Alex Baker, “Monique van Genderen,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

2002, John O’Brien, “Monique van Genderen, Sandroni. Rey,” Tema Celeste, Juli/August,no. 93.

2002, David Pagel, “Like the Real World Only Crisper,” Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2002.

2002, Nancy Doll and Ron Platt, “Art on Paper 2002,”Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina Museum of Art,Greensboro, NC, exhibition catalogue.

2001, Emily Hall, “On Being Abstract, Feverish,Suggestive, Sick,” The Stranger, Issue Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2001.

2001, Elisa Turner, “A Visual Tale of Two Cities,” The Miami Herald, October 28, 2001.

2001, David Pagel, “Down to Earth and Eye Catching,” Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2001.

2001, Ali Subotnick, “Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles,” Frieze, no.62, October, 2001.

2001, Shana Nys Dambot, “Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles,”Tema Celeste, July/August 2001.

2001, Gloria Goodale, “Art Goes West,” The Christian Science Monitor, July 6,2001.

2001, Doug Harvey, “Multiple Exposures,” LA Weekly, vol 23, no 35,July 20-26, pp 52-53.

2001,Christopher Knight, “A ‘Snapshot’ of L.A. Artists,” Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2001.

2001, Doug Harvey, “Synthetics,” LA Weekly,vol 23, no 52, November 15-22, p 48.

2001, Tim Griffin, “Monique van Genderen,” Time Out New York, February 2001.

2001, Mark Von Schlegell, “Snapshot: New Art From Los Angeles,” Art & Text, no 75, p 76.

2001, Russell Ferguson and ClaudineIse, “Snapshot: New Art From Los Angeles UCLA Hammer Museum,” Los Angeles, CA, exhibition catalogue.

1996, Susan Kandel, “Making a Fashion Statement of Subtlety in ‘Fancy Pants’,” Los Angeles Times, July 7.

1996, Cathy Curtis, “Distinguishing Marks,” Los Angeles Times, O.C. Edition, October 22, 1996,
pp F2-F3.