Bio | CV

Paul Brouns was born in 1967 in Ittervoort, a small village in the south of the Netherlands.

He studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg (Academie voor beeldende vorming). After his graduation (1990) he started exhibiting paintings and graphic prints.

In the 1990s he was also one of the first artists to employ graphic computer electronics as a tool to create art. Around this time Paul Brouns also became more and more interested in graphic design. In 2008 he started working as a freelancer in order to free up more time for his artistic ambitions.

Inspired by the new possibilities in digital photography, in recent years he has concentrated mainly on this new medium. Because of his ongoing infatuation with geometrical patterns, repetition and luscious colours, he has developed his personal approach to architectural photography. This work resembles his early abstract work, but through photography it is more strongly linked to the world as he observes it.

His work is available in certified limited editions and is bought regularly by art collectors worldwide.

Academy of Fine Arts, Tilburg, the Netherlands (1985 – 1990)
Specialties: photography, painting, drawing, graphic art.

Current / Coming soon

2019 Almere City Archive (photography commission)
2019 The Other Art Fair – King’s Cross, London (UK)
2019 Gallery De Marchi, Bologna (Italy)
2019 The Other Art Fair – Brick Lane, London (UK)
2019 India Art Fair, New Delhi (India)
2018 Solo exhibition “The Music of Architecture”, New Delhi (India)
2018 Ateneo de Madrid (Spain)
2018 Featured work at the Moscow International Fotography Awards (two silver awards)
2018 Rietveld house, Erasmusweg Utrecht (Netherlands)
2017 Gallery De Marchi, Bologna (Italy)
2017 Essentie III, Den Helder (Netherlands)
2017 Essentie II, Heusden (Netherlands)
2017 Tokyo Art Fair, Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo (Japan)
2017 Essentie I, Utrecht (Netherlands)
2017 WPPI, Las Vegas (USA)
2017 Imaging USA, San Antonio TX (USA)
2016 Photokina, Cologne (Germany)
2016 Affordable Art Fair Seoul (South Korea)
2016 KunstRAI, Amsterdam
2016 Group exhibition Tilburg University (Netherlands)
2016 Instagramers Gallery, Madrid (ES)
2016 (10-14 Feb) Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
2015-2016 Duo exhibition in Fotogalerie Utrecht (NL) Extended
2016 Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
2015 ‘Mijn Vincent’ NoordBrabants Museum Den Bosch (NL)
2015 Group exhibition Fotogalerie Utrecht (NL)
2015 KunstRAI Art Fair, Amsterdam

2019 Present at The Other Art Fair London
2019 International Color Awards – 1st Place Outstanding Achievement in Architecture
2018 Double 1rst Prize and 2nd Prize winner at Chromatic Photo Awards
2018 Profile article & interview in IDEIA magazine (Brazil)
2018 Portfolio in Get Inspired Magazine (September issue)
2018 2x silver awards at the Moscow International Fotography Awards
2018 Fine Art Photography Awards – 3rd Place winner – ‘Photo Manipulation’ & Nominee finalist ‘Abstract’
2018 International Color Awards: Honorable mention in the abstract category
2018 International Color Awards: Honorable mention in the architecture category
2017 TV interview on Dutch local Television
2017 Award of Excellence – Bologna (Italy)
2017 Publication catalog “Little Treasures”
2017 Essentie III, Den Helder (Netherlands)
2017 International Color Award: 2x honorable mentions (professional photographers)
2017 Group Exhibition at Rietveld House, Utrecht (Netherlands)
2017 ‘Essentie I, II’ – Travelling group exhibition in the Netherlands inspired by 100 years ‘De Stijl’.
2016 Portfolio in Opticks Magazine (nr. 21 / autumn)
2016 Featured articles on Art Narratives
2016 International Color Award Winner: 2x Second Prizes and 2 additional honorable mentions (professional photographers)
2016 Work selected for Gallery Madrid (Spain)
2016 Publication in Holland Herald
2016 (10-14 Feb) Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam (NL)
2016 Jan: Noord Brabants Museum – competition winner ‘Van Gogh theme’.
2015 Dec: Art-Alert magazine: Cover image and article
2015 Nov.: Van Gogh Competition Finalist – Noordbrabants Museum (NL)
2015 Nov.: Moscow International Foto Awards: 2 honorable mentions.
2015 Okt.: London International Creative Competition, 2 honorable mentions.
2015 July-August: feature interview article in magazine Fotografie (NL) – read it here (in Dutch)
2015 Blog feature: Swinging Urban Rhythms on
2015 LAB Magazine featured article
2015 Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam
2015 Realism Art Fair, Amsterdam
2014 Work in stock at Fotogalerie Utrecht (NL)
2014 Instagramers Gallery Award
1995 5 Years Cum Laude – featured art in catalogue
1994 ‘Zichtbaar Eindeloos’ – art in Tilburg (1945-1995) by Ulco Mes – featured chapter
1990 Bex, Brouns, Tramper, Van de Vrie – Own publication with three colleagues (limited edition with photography)