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Livia Dencher (1980)

Asked about what she was drawing Livia says: ‘ the mountains at the background are where the animals and birds live. In the foreground are houses where the people live’. Small inkbottles, feltpens, pencils and pens cover the table at which Livia sits. When she started working at Atelier Herenplaats in 2001 her technique was undeveloped and she sometime used acrylic paint alongside ink. Now Livia knows how to combine the media in order to reach her goal.

Livia creates a fantasy world in which people and animals coexist in a dynamic environment, the world of her dreams. The background can be the jungle just as well as the Egyptian desert and the pyramids and Pharaohs. In a meticulous process Livia constructs a balanced but charged scene, according to her on set of rules. For example, there are almost never large objects in the foreground, and as she said, Mountains in the background and houses with people in the front.

Exhibitions

2002  Gallery Waai en Braai, Maarn

2002  "Cash & Carry", Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2003  "Bruut", Gallery Herenplaats in cooperation with Showroom Mama, Rotterdam

2004  "Keuze uit eigen kunst" (the artists choice), Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2004  "Cash & Carry", Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2005  "Exhibition Parkas", Art in the open air, Rotterdam

2006  Jubilee exhibition 15 years Herenplaats, Gallery Herenplaats Rotterdam

2006  "Beasts", New York, USA

2007  "Outsider Art Fair" New York, USA

2007  "Heroes of Herenplaats", Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2008  "Outsider Art Fair", New York, USA

2009  "Outsider Art Fair", New York, USA

2009  "Going Dutch", Van der Plas Gallery, New York, USA

2010  Exhibition in Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Slowakije, INSITA – Triennial of Self-taught Art

2010  "Outsider Art der Niederlande", Kunsthaus Kannen Munster, Germany

2010  "Kadmium", Delft

2010  Villa Zebra, Theme: architecture, Rotterdam

2010  "Outsider Art Salon", Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2011  Kunstmuseum Thurgau, exhibition World Collectors, Switzerland

2011  "Een eigen huis", Special Arts, Amersfoort

2011  "Outsider Art Fair", New York, USA

2011  Outsider Art, Wijk bij Duurstede

2011  Novo, Groningen

2011  WTC- Schiphol, Amsterdam

2011  Aix Les Bains, France

2012  Exhibition Esmare Kunstkabinet, Capelle a/d IJssel

2012  Weltensammler, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

2013  La Brut, Rotterdam

2013  Aafje Zorghotel, Sint Fransiscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam

Artwork of Livia is included in the Max E. Ammann collection, Switzerland