Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybride figures which she presents in a wide range of settings. Stringendo — a musical term that indicates the retained increase of intensity — shows her latest extremely realistic sculptures of vulnerable adolescent dancers who are struggling with their bindings, strings and wooden parts to grow. The rats that flank the dancers sides, should seem completely inferior, but in the compositions of Silvia B. they have an angelic and pure appearance. The staging of the two complementary characters sums up the drawback of human civilization.

Galerie Ron Mandos presents Stringendo, a new series of sculptures by Silvia B. Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybrid figures; caught between age, gender and culture, between human, animal and doll. In addition to her iconic sculptures she makes drawings, photographs and also curated several projects. Her work is characterized by a constant battle between attraction and repulsion. A duality that comes from her vision of the world, how people behave according to so called codes of civilization and yet are still driven by their instinctive fears and desires.


Stringendo {a musical term that indicates the retained increase of intensity} continues Silvia B.’s line of work of highly realistic sculptures. First presented for the Dolf Henkes Prize she started a new series of sculptures that are both hyper realistic and abstract because of the use of fragmentation and repetition in shapes. La Dolores, an air dancer hanging from a rope in an impossible position, calmly and with her eyes closed, started off the series. The figures are produced with impressive craftsmanship and include wooden components which question their humanity. For Stringendo Silvia B. returns again to the world of theatre, in which man puts himself literally in the spotlight, this time she chose the world of dance. She takes the ballerina as a symbol for extreme civilization, always highly disciplined and hiding her pain forever behind a beautiful façade of perfection. The rats that flank the dancers side, should seem completely inferior, being ultimately complementary to civilized man, while always living in the same numbers as we do and feeding theirselves from our waste. But they don't, in the compositions of Silvia B. they have an angelic and pure appearance which makes them almost equal to the ballerina’s. The staging of the two complementary characters sums up the drawback of human civilization. Our self-imposed subjection to it goes against mans nature and requires the highest standard from ourselves. On the other hand we try to grow and free ourselves from the strings that attach us to our homeland, education, family and culture, so we struggle in two directions. Meanwhile, it is this struggle that distincts us from the animal kingdom. At first sight Silvia B.’s sculptures look perfectly real which refers to the human desire for perfection and gives them a tremendous appeal. But when looking closely the illusion of beauty unfolds itself because of certain delicate and even macabre details. The ambivalence in imagery and concept make these sculptures very powerful; they are both alluring and horrible and equally accessible and reflective. This required the utmost of the artist. Like the ballerina she cannot escape the demand to perform to her best and to reinvent herself again and again, Stringendo shows the result of this.

Silvia B. lives and works in Rotterdam.

Her work has been presented a.o. KIASMA - Museum for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Design Biennial Istanbul, Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke, Musée la Halle t. Pierre in Paris, GAD-Art in Oslo, Singer Museum in Laren, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, GEM and Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Hague, Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam, Garage in Rotterdam, MU in Eindhoven, TENT in Rotterdam, CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, Kunsthal in Rotterdam and Rijks Museum Twenthe in Enschede will show a retrospective in 2016/2017, coinciding with the publication of the first and up to date monograph OF BEAUTY AND DOUBT.



  • 1983-1986 Kunstacademie, Fashion & Sculpture, Rotterdam, NL
  • 1989-1990 Art History, propaedeutics, Rijksuniversiteit, Leiden, NL

Awards & Nominatons

Fonds BKVB, NL, various grants and stipends, 1991,1995,1998, 2002, 2005, 2008
CBK Rotterdam, NL, various subsidies, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2012
Artist of the year, NL, nominee (11th) 2011
Dolf Henkes Prijs, Rotterdam, NL, nominee, (2nd) 2014

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 Rijks Museum Twenthe, Enschede, NL
    STRINGENDO, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2014 Le CIRQUE, (small version) Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2012 Le CIRQUE, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, NL

  • 2009 Les plus Beaux- Part II, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    Leila, 5-MM, 5 Minute Museum, Eindhoven, NL
  • 2008 Les Beaux & Les plus Beaux, GEM, Museum for Contemporary Arts, Den Haag, NL
  • 2006 Roam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2004 Silvia B. in Groningen, CBK (CIty Art Centre), Groningen, NL
  • 2000 La vie est si gênante, Part II. e, BEAM, Nijmegen, NL
    Transmutations, De Schone Kunsten Galerie, Haarlem, NL
    Of Still life, steel, study (-), stone and stage, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, NL

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 Ecce Homo Erectus, Odapark, Venray, NL
    HAAR!, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
    Kunstpark Soestdijk, Paleis Soestdijk, Baarn, NL
  • 2015 Le CIRQUE, Hilvaria Studio’s, Hilvarenbeek, NL
    Being & Nothingness, Hofpoort, Rotterdam, NL
    Scherp Kijken, Museum MORE, Gorssel, NL
    Twente Biennale METAMORF, Balengebouw, Enschede, NL
    Occupied Emotions, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, BE
    Groeten aan Finsterwolde, Willem II Fabriek, Den Bosch, NL
    Metamorphosen, Rijksmuseum Twente, Twente, NL
    No Walls, Fenixloods, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2014 CURIORAMA, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE
    Alles van Waarde, Fort Asperen, Acquoy, NL
    X%X%, MU, Eindhoven, NL
    Wunderkammer, TETEM, Nijmegen, NL
    KOUD, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven, NL

  • 2013 Dark Matters, TENT, Rotterdam, NL
    CODA BLACK, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
    Beelden aan Zee aan het IJ, Museum Beelden aan Zee @ OBA, Amsterdam, NL
    THE CITY, THE ARTISTS AND THE MUSEUM, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
    KnSTPLTS, Fort aan den Hoek van Holland, art tour Hook of Holland
    Black and White, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, NL
    Into the Labyrinth, Garage, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2012 Reconnaisance, POP-UP Projects, Dutch embassy, London, GB
    Salon/Istanbul, Design Biennial, Istanbul, TR
    Camouflage, KIASMA Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
    Jan de Bouvrie: Art & Design, Singer Museum, Laren, NL
    Aanwinst, Kunstcollectie Hogeschool Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
    MindMap/a manifestation around art and psychiatry, Venray, NL
  • 2011 The war on drags/ Based on a true story, meneer Malasch, Amsterdam, NL
    PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, RAI, Amsterdam, NL
    Haunted House, Scheltema, Leiden, NL
    HEY!, Musee la Halle St. Pierre, Paris, FR
    SHE / ME, Stedilijk Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, NL
    Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE
    Met Huid en…, Kadmium, Delft, NL
    I Promise to Love you, Caldic Collection, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2010 mEATing, Perron 58, Tilburg, NL
    VOLTA / Art Basel, Galerie Ron Mandos, Basel, CH
    Trajector Art Fair / Taut, Hotel Bloom, Brussels, BE
    Portretten van de 21e Eeuw, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, NL
  • 2017 Kunstenaar van het Jaar verkiezing, plaats 13
  • 2016 STRINGENDO, Odapark, Venray
  • 2015 Le CIRQUE, Hilvaria Studio’s, Hilvarenbeek
  • 2009 De aard van het Beest, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
    Paper Zoo, MU, Eindhoven, NL
    Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE
    Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2008 Harbour lights, GAD-Art Gallery, Oslo, NO
    Art Amsterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, RAI, Amsterdam, NL
    Dutch Invasion, Base Alpha Gallery, Antwerp, BE
    Art Chicago, Galerie Ron Mandos, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, US
    Bloody Beautiful (Part II), Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2007 Bloody Beautiful (Part I), Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
    FIAC, Galerie Ron Mandos, Cour Carre, Paris, FR
    De Salon, roaming exhibition #8, Didden Dorp, Rotterdam, NL
    Vos dessins, s’il vous plait!, Espace a Vendre, Nice, FR
    De Vreemdeling, CBK, Rotterdam, NL
    Niederländisch 3D, Galerie Petra Nostheide-Eÿcke, Nettetal, DE
    Art Amsterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, RAI, Amsterdam, NL
    Exchanging roles, Care/of, Milan, IT
    Gala of the Year 2007, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2006 Dutch Dress Up, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janerio, BR
    Dutch Dress Up, La Manzana, Santa Cruz, BO
    Dutch Dress Up, Museo Tambo Quirquincho, la Paz, BO
    Fantasty Island- Exhibition Robinson, MAMA at Preview Berlin, Berlin, DE
    De Brakke Grond viert feest, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL
    Fantasty Island- Exhibition Robinson, MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
    (G)OUD, Gasunie, Groningen, NL
    De Salon, zwervende tentoonstelling, MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2005 Stick / Figure, MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
    Kloone 4000, Retort, Amsterdam, NL
    It’s a Drag! Beursschouwburg, Brussels, BE
    Almost Perfect/Summer of Beauty, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
    My Satelitte Mind, CBK, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2000 zoveel, CBK, Nijmegen
  • 2004 TEKENINGEN IV, Quartair, The Hague, NL
  • 2001 Aankopen collectie Haarlemmermeer 2001, de Meerse gallery, Hoofddorp, NL
    Zie de mens, CBK, Groningen, NL
    Hat & Art, CBK Rotterdam, Textielmuseum Tilburg, Tours (FR), Louisville (USA), Lyon (FR)
    Het Blauwe Uur, Synagoge Uilenburg, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000 De Schone Kunsten op Beeckestijn, Museum Beeckestijn, Velsen-Zuid, NL
    BIJzonder…ALLEdaags…VERplaatsingen, Goes, NL
    Gothic Light, ROOM, Rotterdam, NL
    Micro Photo Biennale, Galerie Stadt Munchen / Winston Hotel, Amsterdam, NL


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, NL
Caldic Collection, NL
Museum MORE, NL


HRO collection, NL
Museum Rotterdam, NL
Museum Beelden aan Zee, NL
N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, NL
KRC Art collection, NL
and various (international) private collections


Curator of Bloedmooi/Bloody Beautiful, Museum Rotterdam, NL, 2007
Curator of Cry me a Castle, Castle of Rhoon, NL, 1999
Director of even months, Museum Van Nagsael, Rotterdam, NL, ’95-’06
Curator exhibition committee Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL, ’93-’96

Sculpture Commissions

U l t r a, Cascade project, Groningen, NL, 2004
It’s all in the game, youth prison, Rijksgebouwendienst, Den Helder, NL, 2002
International Award for Medical Engineering, Bataafsch Genootschap, Rotterdam, NL, 2001


Silently singing secret songs, Kessler Foundation, Den Haag, NL, 1997
Ode aan het Oude, Middelland, Rotterdam, NL, 1994