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FREDERIK LIZEN

biography | cv

selected works

exhibitions

FREDERIK LIZEN

born in 1986

                           in Mortsel, Belgium.

Frederik Lizen uses the city of Antwerp as a studio, appropriating non-spaces or grey areas in the public space as his canvas. His colourful work, preferably painted on wooden fences securing construction sites, stimulate a dialogue and converge the private act of looking with public habits of a broad audience. This process works both ways. In addition to the vision, expression and background of the artist, the works are also determined by the city itself. Along with the fact that he does not start on a blank canvas, Lizen intentionally leaves his paintings untouched for longer periods of time, subjecting the piece to external factors. It provides the artist with a certain kind of freedom, making his best artistic decisions outside by ‘quickly looking left, right, straightforward’. By removing his work from the street, the artist changes the initial short-term function of the wooden panels into something with a more permanent nature.
 
At the other hand, the artist feels a strong need to escape the city, fleeing towards the countryside where he consistently observes his surroundings, which results in series of work on paper. This paradoxical approach is what defines Lizen’s body of work, which consists both of large monumental paintings and smaller work on paper, each strongly determined by the surroundings in which they are created.
 
To conclude, the artist uses language, slang, typography and puns; but also animals, as an essential part of his compositions to provide his work with multiple levels of interpretations and to talk about current issues, mankind and human behaviour with humour and irony.

TEXT BY: LIEN CRAPS 2020

photo by Yves Joris

_solo and group exhibitions

 

2024

The crystal ship, Art festival, (Oostende)

 

2024

La Grande Bouffe, group exhibition, Barbé Gallery (Gent)

 

2024

Aanwinst, docu on VRT max

 

2024

Aanwinst, group exhibition, C-mine (Genk)

 

2024

 Echoes II group exhibition, Geukens & De Vil projects (Antwerpen)

 

2023

The long goodbye, group exhibtion, Geukens & De Vil ( Antwerpen)

 

2023-heden

Group exhibition and collection, De Merode (Ronse)

 

2023

De grote vogelshow, Group exhibition, Pizza Gallery (Antwerpen)

 

2023-2024

Art’s Birthday, inauguration of public painting ‘Niet Schelde’ on the facade of MHKA (Antwerpen)

 

2022

Finnis Terrae, Group Exhibition on several locations (Antwerpen)

2022

Hot spot #1 Painting, Narcisse Tordoir invites, group exhibition, Valerie Traan (Antwerpen)

 

2022

Solo Exhibition, Geukens & De Vil, Art Rotterdam

 

2022

As a alternative to Blah Blah Blah, Group exhibition, Murals inc (Rotterdam)

 

2021

That’s all folks, group exhibition , Geukens & De Vil (Knokke)

 

2021

Solo exhibition, Murphy lives in the South of Spain,Geukens & De Vil (Knokke)

 

2021

Let’s get out, Art festival/group exhibition, Francis Maere (Ooidonk, Gent)

 

2021

artist residency, Arteventura, Corte Concepcion( Andalucia, Spain)

 

2020

Confined challenge, online group exhibition during confinement, organised by Geukens & De Vil.

 

2020

Jean ai assez, Solo exhibition, Geukens & De Vil (Antwerpen)

 

2020

Daily Nightshift,Group, Extracity (Antwerpen)

2019

Solo exhibition, Edition populaire, vitrinegalerij (Antwerpen)

 

2019

International affairs KOP, public installation with Clemens Behr (Antwerpen)

 

2019

Biënnale Van België; floralieënhal, SMAK, (Gent)

 

2019

De vuursalamander,letterenhuisfestival, galerie Forbidden city (Antwerpen)

 

2018 -heden

Verbeke Foundation, Time within time (Kemzeke)

 

2015

curator/director/artist Openbaar museum, OMU, 2de editie (Antwerpen)

 

2015

curator/organiser/artist ‘Please use the other door’ origin + source, Bernaerts gallery( Antwerpen)

 

2014

curator/director/artist, Openbaar museum, OMU,(Antwerpen)

 

2014

Atelier Lenke (Dresden, Germany)

 

2013

curator/organiser/artist ‘Please use the other door’ Bernaerts gallery (Antwerpen)

 

2013

‘Nema tog podruma’ sic 44 (Antwerpen)

 

2013

‘one armed man’ designcentrum winkelhaak (Antwerpen)

 

2013

‘union match’ Galerie Jacques Gorus (Antwerpen)

 

2013

‘Poppositions off fair’ Brass (Brussel)

 

2013

‘5 commercial business openings’ belegstraat(Antwerpen)

 

2012

‘zachte revolutie!’ cultuurcentrum (Wemmel)

 

2012

‘de muur’ Duo tentoonstelling met DZIA, cultuurcentrum (Berchem)

 

2012

‘Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proven innocent’, openbare sculptuur(Antwerpen)

 

2012

‘nuchelen’ (Maaseik)

 

2012

‘Zwart’, Duo tentoonstelling met Bram Kinsbergen, coninxplein(Antwerpen)

 

2011

Free L Zein, verlatstraat, (Antwerpen)

 

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