MAARTEN VROMANS


Biography

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

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

"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 News, 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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 'Salon d'hiver' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL | Group

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

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

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

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

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

2017 'Salon d'hiver' | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL | Group

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

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

2017 'Scapes' | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU | Group

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

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


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

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


Press

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

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

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

2019 'Lucky Shots by Maarten Vromans' | Prodibi Pixel Magazine, Geneva, CH

2018 'Lucky Shots' | Traffic Radio, Hilversum, NL

2018 'Rotterdamse fotograaf zit 200 uur in de trein' | AD.nl, Rotterdam, NL

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 'The Collection: Urban Erosion' | Life Framer, London, UK

2018 'Snapshots of Roaming' | Iceview Magazine, Skagaströnd, ISL

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

2016 'New Dutch Photography Talent 2016' | xpublishers bv, Amsterdam, NL


Collections

Ministry of Internal Affairs | The Hague, NL

Private collections, NL



Using Format