Olga Balema

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, 1984
Lives and works in New York (USA)

Education
UCLA, Los Angeles (CA), US, 2007-2009 (MFA)
University of Iowa, Iowa City (IA), US, 2002-2006 (BFA)

Awards
2017
Nominated for the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, Porto, Portugal

Residencies
2011
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
2010
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA

Solo exhibitions
2019
'Brain Damage', Bridget Donahue, New York, USA
2017
'None of the Beauty of the Landscape can reach her pupils anymore', High Art, Paris, FR
'On The Brink Of My Sexy Apocalypse', Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2016
'Motherland', Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Early Man', ONE FOR ALL series, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
'Blasted Heath', CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany
2015
'One reenters the garden by becoming a vegetable', Kunstverein Nürnberg, Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nürnberg, Germany
'Cannibals' , Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
'Listening', with Anne de Vries, Michael Thibault, Los Angeles, USA
2014
'Warm Bodies', i.c.w. Jonathan Baldock, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, The Netherlands
'Her Curves', High Art Gallery, Paris, France
2013
'Body of Work', Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'What Enters', 1646, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2011
'Positive thinking: Actions speak louder than words', The Vanity, Los Angeles, USA

Group exhibitions
2020
'Aria Dean, Helen Marten, Kelley Walker, Olga Balema, Raque Ford', Greene Naftali, New York, US
2019
'A Home is Not A House', Fri Art, Kunsthalle Freibourg, Freiburg, Switzerland (upcoming)
'You. Works from Lafayette Anticipations Collection', Musee d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France (upcoming)
'A House is Not A Home', Fri Art, Kunsthalle Freibourg, Freiburg, Switzerland (upcoming)
'Maskulinitäten. Eine Kooperation des Bonner Kunstvereins, Kölnischen Kunstvereins und des Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf' - Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Whitney Biennial, New York, USA
2018
'Nothing is Permanent', Manifesta In House Exhibition, Amsterdam, the Nederlands
'Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize', Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal
'Baltic Triennial 13', CAC Vilnius
'Oh that I had a thousand tongues', Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Greece
'Blind Faith: Between the Visceral and the Cognitive in Contemporary Art', Haus der kunst, München, Germany
'Converter', Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2017
'Contingencies: Arte Povera and after', Luxembourg & Dayan, New York
'You Want It Darker', Garage, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'In awe', kunsthalle exnergasse, Vienna, AT
'Ungestalt', Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Koppe Astner, Glasgow, United Kingdom
'PRODUKTION. made in germany drei', Kunstverein Hannover, Sprengelmuseum, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
Olga Balema, Marlie Mul, Iza Tarasewicz, Croy Nielsen, Vienna
'Hours and Hours of Inactivity', n.b.k, Berlin
2016
'Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah, USA
'30: Untitled 1989', Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Peach', W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'I Want To Live in the Country (and Other Romances)' - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
'Adhesive Products' - Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.
'Wer nicht denken will, fliegt raus - Handlungsanweisungen nach Beuys', Museum Kurhaus Kleve / Ewald Mataré Sammlung, Kleve, Germany
'Life Itself', Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
'Pastoral Myths', La Loge, Brussels, Belgium
2015
'Affinities #2', Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'By the Bearer in whose Name it it Issued', Center for Style, Melbourne, Australia
'Stranger than paradise', Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
'Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality', Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
'Where The Awning Flaps', Éric Hussenot, Paris, France
'Towers of Tub (Live Orbient 3.9.93)', Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2015 Triennial: 'Surround Audience', New Museum, New York, USA
'Campana I', Luis Campana, Berlin, Germany
'City', William Arnold, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2014
'Affinities #1', Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Dylan's lost it - maybe', Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
'New Dawn', curated by Leidy Churchman, Silberkuppe, Berlin, Germany
'Puddle, pothole, portal', Sculpture Center, New York, USA
'From Whose Ground Heaven and Hell Compare', Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
'Nature after Nature', Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
'Sweet Potato', Shoot the Lobster, Luxembourg
'Material Memory', Fluxia Gallery, Milan, Italy
'Geographies of Contamination', David Roberts Foundation, London, UK
'Apples and Pears', DREI, Cologne, Germany
'Musique Concrète', Michael Thibault, Los Angeles
'Doom: Surface Control', Le Magasin Grenoble - CNAC, Grenoble
2013
'Urschleim', Fauna, Copenhagen, Denmark
'The Unpainted Landscape', Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
'Slip', The Approach, London, UK
'♥' High Art Gallery, Paris, France
'Unstable Media', curated by Anne de Vries, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Cast Recording', Prism, Los Angeles, USA
2012
RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Latent Stare', Casco, Utrecht, The Netherlands
'Closed because of the goings on', Dukan Hourdequin, Paris, France
2011
RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010
'Support Group', Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
'Dr. Zomb', Glendale College, Los Angeles, USA
2009
MFA Thesis Show, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
May Show, Los Angeles, USA
2008
'GLAMFA', CSULB, Long Beach, USA
'Kleveland', Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
'Delusionarium', Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
CAA Exhibit, USC, Los Angeles, USA
2007
'Fortification', Grotto Gallery, New York, USA

Collections
Centre National des Arts Plasticique, France
De Nederlandsche Bank, The Netherlands
Fondation d'Enterprise Galeries Lafayette, France

Catalogues:
2017
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein: Hours and Hours of Inactivity
author(s): Marius Babias (ed.) Ann Cotten, Rhea Dall und Michaela Richter
catalogue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Verlag Walther König

Produktion. Made in Germany Drei
author(s): Tenzing Barshee, Nikola  Dietrich, Timo Feldhaus, Jana Franze, Stefan Gronert, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Lisa Mattheis, Dominikus Müller, Carina Plath, Kathleen Rahn, Gabriele Sand, Elmas Senol, Noemi Smolik, Maik Schlüter, Ute Stuffer, Milan Ther, Kristina Thieke,  Christina Végh
catalogue: Kestner Gesellschaft, Kunstverein hannover, Sprengel Museum, Snoeck

2015
New Museum 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
author(s): Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin a.o.
catalogue: New Museum and Rizzoli

2014
Puddle, Pothole, Portal
author(s): Ruba Katrib, Spyros Papapetros, Serge Daney, Camille Henrot
catalogue: Sculpture Center, New York

Bibliography:
2017
Ungestalt
author(s): Aoife Rosemeyer
newspaper/magazine: ArtReview October 2017

Olga Balema
author(s): Jonathan Griffin
newspaper/magazine: Frieze

Olga Balema, Marlie Mul, Isa Tarasewicz
author(s): Kate Sutton
newspaper/magazine: Frieze

2016
Olga Balema
author(s): Dominic van den Boogerd
newspaper/magazine: ArtReview

Onappetijtelijk en raadselachtig
author(s): Frits de Coninck
newspaper/magazine: Museumtijdschrift

2015
Hot!
author(s): Chris Sharp
newspaper/magazine: Cura.

Olga Balema
author(s): Tess Edmonson
newspaper/magazine: Frieze 176

Olga Balema. Zwischen den Körpern
author(s): Elvia Wilk
newspaper/magazine: Frieze d/e, no. 19

Olga Balema
author(s): Quinn Latimer
newspaper/magazine: Artforum, april

Olga Balema & Anne de Vries
author(s): Travis Diehl
newspaper/magazine: Artforum critic picks, online

New Museum Triennial Casts a Wary Eye on the Future
author(s): Holland Cotter
newspaper/magazine: New York Times

2014
Nature after Nature
author(s): Dirk Schwarze
newspaper/magazine: Kunstforum # 228, Aug-Sept

Meet artist Olga Balema
newspaper/magazine: Kaleidoscope # 20, Winter '13/'14

'Puddle, Pothole or Portal' at Sculpture Center in Queens
author(s): Ken Johnson
newspaper/magazine: New York Times

'Puddle, Pothole or Portal' brings Animation's Absurdity to the Art World
author(s): Priscilla Frank
newspaper/magazine: Huffington Post