Bio | CV

I am a Dutch artist that lives and works in Almere (near Amsterdam). In 1990 I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg (NL) in painting, drawing and photography. Since the development of digital photography my camera and the computer have become my main tools for creation. Rhythm, color and geometry are recurring themes in my photographic work and architecture has proven to be an ideal subject for this. As a photographer. I am attracted by the abstract, rhythmic expression of buildings. It is my aim to captivate the viewers by feasts of dancing shadows, sunlit reflections or colour combinations. I hope that through my work they will learn to appreciate and enjoy the visual music that surrounds us.
The Music of Architecture
My motto “the music of architecture” stands for the artistic desire to communicate the abstract beauty of buildings. In the abstraction I see an important parallel with instrumental music. Terms like rhythm, composition, texture, scale and colour can be used to describe the feeling of my work, but it also can be applied to describe music. I try to visualise the sensation of a building as purely as possible: many images show façades that are completely frontal and fill the entire composition, so the rhythm and shallow depth of the building surface plays the main role. In other works the perspective depth and its converging lines play an important role. A third element is using my photographic elements to create a new reality. What unites these different elements is my aim to captivate the viewers by feasts of dancing shadows, sunlit reflections or colour combinations, so they will also learn to enjoy the music our urban world has to offer.

Paul Brouns

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


2021 (May 14-29) BBA Gallery Berlin (Germany)
2021 (May 19-23) Da!Moscow, Moscow (Russia)
2021 Anew.Gallery Tel Aviv (Israel)
2021 (October) The Other Art Fair, London (UK)

2020 (December) Online solo exhibition at Artsy, BBA Gallery Berlin
2020 New Delhi online exhibition, New Delhi (TAP India)
2020 (July-August) Almere, De Nieuwe Bibliotheek
2019-2020 Almere City Archive (photography commission), Almere (Netherlands)
2020 India Art Fair, New Delhi (India)
2019 The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn New York (USA)
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

2021 Interview at All About Photo Magazine
2020 First Prize in All About Photo Colors Contest
2020 Work featured in Saatchi Art Fall Catalog vol 1 & 2
2020 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Bronze & Honorable Mention
2020 Silver award at MIFA (Moscow International Photography Awards)
2020 FMS-Magazine Interview “Creative Amsterdam: Paul Brouns, photographic artist”
2020 Article (in French) in Le Blog “Traits d’Co Magazine”
2019 Featured article in BEWARE, French online magazine
2019 Featured article in magazine “Fotografisch Geheugen”
2019 Artist’s page World of Interiors, UK
2019 Present at The Other Art Fair London
2019 International Color Awards – 1st Place Outstanding Achievement in Architecture
2019 Saatchi Art Canvas Blog
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: “Paul Brouns: Swinging Urban Rhythm” 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)
1990 Graduation at Academie voor Beeldende Vorming, Tilburg (NL). Painting, drawing and photography.