MAARTEN VROMANS


Biography

'Urban Erosion' on show | Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL | Photo by Maarten Nauw

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 Broad, 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.

Testimonials

"Here you have it, a Swiss landscape as you may not have seen it before, seen in images that cannot be repeated, left up to chance, albeit taken with an experienced hand."
Karin Svadlenak
on '
No Horizon' | Spectaculum Magazine | Vienna, AT | 2022

"In our rush to get from one place to the other, most people don't pause to notice walls unless they're plastered with adverts or adorned with graffiti. Photographer Maarten Vromans isn't most people, though. [ ... ] Fittingly titled 'Urban Erosion', this series of photographs treats buildings and walls with the same consideration usually reserved for natural features such as cliff faces and coastal areas. Undulating concrete slabs, flaked stucco that reveals brickwork underneath, and curiously dented metal panels are the focus here, and their idiosyncrasies are just as telling more conventional scenic locations."
Dom Carter on 'Urban Erosion' | Creative Boom, Manchester, UK | 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 'Urban Erosion' | Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL

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

Selected Exhibitions | Group

2022 '100 Artworks' | 20square7 Gallery | Berlin, DE
2022 'The 2021 Favorite Photo Exhibition' | Lenscratch | Los Angeles, USA

2021 'Onyx III' | Envision Arts, Dallas, USA
2021 'Publieke Werken' | Stichting De Loodsen, Rotterdam, NL
2021 'From Town Across Town' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2021 'Minimalism II' | Envision Arts, Dallas, 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' | 5and33 Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

Awards, Nominations

2021 'Onyx III' | Envision Arts, Dallas, USA | Best In Show
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

2021 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie

2019 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie
2019 Photo London, London, UK | Presented by Art on a Postcard 2019

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

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

Publications | Monographs

2021 'Urban Transition - Maarten Vromans' | The Velvet Cell, Berlin, DE

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

Publications | Other

2022 '100 Artworks' | ASBP, Berlin, DE

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

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

Selected Press, Mentions

AD.nl | Aesthetica Magazine | Aint-Bad | Broad Magazine | Buzzfeed | C41 Magazine | Creative Boom | Digifotopro | Format Magazine | Frames | F-Stop Magazine | Iceview Magazine | Life Framer | MAP6 | Noice Magazine | Panaroma.pm | Rental Magazine | Seen Magazine | Spectaculum Magazine | The Pictorial List | Vers Beton

Collections

Ministry of Internal Affairs, The Hague, NL | Private collections, BE, CAN, NL


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