MAARTEN VROMANS


Biography

'No Horizon' on show | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL 

Artist Statement

Movement. That is at the heart of Dutch photographer Maarten Vromans' (1975, Rucphen) work and methods.

Whenever Vromans travels from one place to another – be it on foot, by boat or by train – he methodically records the altering terrain that passes him by. This could be the eroded buildings in an anonymous urban setting, but also the untouched landscape of a remote region, or the infinite distance on unspoiled open water.

Vromans likes to move through transition areas: the no-man’s-land between residential, commercial and working environments; between built-up, cultivated and untouched areas. There, in places that apparently no longer belong to anyone, he makes photos that are tranquil, abstract and picturesque, and in which the subject always remains recognisable.

At the start of his career, Vromans’ photos were published in New Dutch Photography Talent (now known as GUP New), an annual publication showcasing the work of one hundred upcoming Dutch photographers. Since then, his work has been featured in both online and print magazines such as Format, BuzzFeed and Aesthetica.

In recent years, Vromans’ work has been shown at fairs and exhibitions in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Budapest and London, among others. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, he compiled his ‘Lucky Shots’ series into his first photo book in 2018. Vromans is represented by Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL.


Testimonials

"Urban development can reveal the many faces and personalities of a city, much like the rings of a tree telling its age and story. The individual buildings revamped and reused as new spaces, but the overall personality and atmosphere of a city growing and breathing much like a forest environment. I think this is a geometrically pleasing image but more importantly a significant piece of a bigger body of ongoing work documenting our ever-changing urban landscapes, and perhaps even the idea that ultimately nothing lasts forever – even our marks on the world."

Kate O’Neil on 'Urban Transition' | Life Framer, London | 2021


"From old to new, to new to old? After a massive reconstruction following World War II, the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, is now known for its clean and modern architecture. But photographer Maarten Vromans believes there’s imperfection in even the most seemingly perfect things, and has taken his camera to the streets of the city to explore its "urban erosion." From slightly dented metal to upheaved pavement, Vromans has shown us that no matter where we live, if we look hard enough, we too can find beauty and art in the hidden corners of our streets."

Neah Gray on 'Urban Erosion' | BuzzFeed, New York, USA | 2018


“Even in the most carefully planned urban space, weather and human intervention inevitably leave their marks on buildings. Maarten Vromans turns these signs of time passing into abstract images that sometimes don’t look like buildings at all, but more like a sheet of crumpled paper, lines painted on canvas, or a close-up of a sculpture.”

Jill Blackmore Evans on 'Urban Erosion' | Format, Toronto, CAN | 2018


Exhibitions | Solo

2021 COMING UP | 'Paradiso Facade Exhibition' | Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL

2016 'Urban Erosion' | Lighthouse Expo, The Hague, NL


Selected Exhibitions | Group

2021 COMING UP | '100 Photos' | 20square7 Gallery, Berlin, DE

2021 'Publieke Werken Rotterdam' | Stichting De Loodsen, Rotterdam, NL

2021 'From Town Across Town' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2021 'Minimalism II' | Envision Arts, Dalles, USA

2021 'Reading a Landscape' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2020 'Urban' | PH21 Gallery X Valid World Hall, Barcelona, ES

2020 'Find Myself a City' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2019 'Beneath the Surface' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2019 'Fleeting Essence' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2018 'What's Really Happening' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2018 'Playing Fields' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL 

2018 'Peripheral Visions' | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU

2017 'The Shape of Things' | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU

2017 'Street Photography' | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU

2017 'Scapes' | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU

2016 'New Dutch Photography Talent 2016' | 5and33 Gallery, Amsterdam, NL


Awards | Nominations

2021 'Urban Life' | Life Framer Awards, London, UK | Editors' Pick

2021 'Abstract' | Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK | Nominee

2020 'Abstract' | Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK | Nominee

2018 'Urban Life' | Life Framer Awards, London, UK | Honorable mention

2018 'Urban Life' | Life Framer Awards, London, UK | Editors' Pick


Fairs

2019 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2019 Photo London, London, UK | Presented by 'Art on a Postcard 2019', London, UK

2018 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2018 KunstRai, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2017 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL


Publications

2021 COMING UP | 'Chronicles - Urban Transition - Maarten Vromans' | The Velvet Cell, Berlin, DE | Monograph

2021 'Publieke Werken Rotterdam' | Stichting De Loodsen, Rotterdam, NL

2018 'Lucky Shots - Maarten Vromans' | Maarten Vromans, Rotterdam, NL | Monograph

2016 'New Dutch Photography Talent 2016' | Xpublishers, Amsterdam, NL


Selected Press

2021 COMING UP | 'Issue 013' | Noice Magazine, Los Angeles, USA

2021 COMING UP | '100 Photos' | Artist stop being poor, Berlin, DE

2021 'Issue #107: Open Theme' | F-Stop Magazine, Chicago, USA

2021 'Urban Erosion' | Panaroma.pm, Barcelona, ES

2019 'Urban Erosion' | Seen Magazine, Lille, FR

2019 'Artists' Directory' | Aesthetica Magazine, York, UK

2019 'Photography on a Postcard 2019 Boxset' | Art on a Postcard, London, UK

2019 '20 Fine Art Photographers Redefining the Medium' | Format, Toronto, CAN

2018 '11 Photo Stories That Will Help You See The World Differently' | Buzzfeed, New York, USA

2018 'Maarten Vromans' Close Ups of Urban Erosion' | Format, Toronto, CAN

2018 'How 10 Artists See the Environment Around Them' | Format, Toronto, CAN

2018 'Maarten Vromans: Urban Erosion' | Aint-Bad, Savannah, USA

2017 'The Architectural Power of Nature' | C41 Magazine, Milan, IT

2016 'Urban Emptiness - Beauty in Metropolitan Solitude' | Life Framer, London, UK

2016 'Doorleefd Rotterdam in beeld' | Vers Beton, Rotterdam, NL 


Collections

Ministry of Internal Affairs | The Hague, NL

Private collections | CAN | NL



Using Format