Nadia Naveau’s body of work is the result of a complex entanglement of concepts, materials and processes. Nadia’s oeuvre is first and foremost a conceptual enquiry on the notion of sculpture; it is through her experimental practice that the artist pushes the limits and explores the possibilities of the medium. There is a coalescence of many sculptural traditions in her work, from baroque and modernist references to the inclusion of elements associated to popular culture. This is why her work feels strangely familiar with no clear lineage to draw upon but close enough to recognise a common ground. Her work is primarily concerned with the use and manipulation of certain materials such as plaster, clay or bronze in combination with other formal elements such as light and colour. Naveau’s work is mostly associative meaning she operates with a high degree of freedom in her approach to sculpture making.

Nadia Naveau (Bruges, 1975). Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium and Saint-Bonnet-Tronçais, France Nadia Naveau studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. She graduated from the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in 2001. Recently, Naveau exhibited at M HKA (Antwerp, 2021 and 2018), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Deurle, 2019) and Fondazione Prada (Milano, 2018), among others. In 2009 she exhibited in SM’s, Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL) en De Garage Mechelen. In 2010, Nadia Naveau participated in the exhibition New Monuments at Middelheim Museum, Antwerp. In 2021, she exhibited at the Bruges Triennial and won the Ernest Albert 2021 Grand Prize. Also, in 2021 -22 she had a soloshow at De Warande, Turnhout (B). Her work is in several international private and public collections like M HKA, Antwerp, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, MuZEE, Ostend, University of Antwerp, Bank of Belgium, The Flemish Parliament, among others.

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