Miriam Vlaming
Born 1971 in Düsseldorf
Lives and works in Berlin


Miriam Vlaming has already dealt with the symbiosis of man and nature since her early periods of production. By doing so, the artist combines her protagonists with their surrounding floral ornamentation. While she explores the relation of man and natural as well as urban habitats, Vlaming’s protagonists often blend into or step out of their surroundings. Quite often it seems as if her figures arose from their surrounding landscapes, as if nature gave birth to man. The artist poses the question of human identity and incarnation and elevates it to a central subject of her work.
In the course of her recent periods of production, Vlaming has become a visual anthropologist in terms of her central topic of the human in close communion or in conflict with nature as well as the human nature itself. By exploring those issues, the artist discusses the domestication of nature by humans while contrasting it with belief systems and values of our society.
Miriam Vlaming, one of the most important representatives of the New Leipzig School, studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, where she was lectured by Arno Rink and Neo Rauch and graduated with distinction in 1999. Afterwards, Vlaming became Rink’s master student for two years. Miriam Vlaming’s ascription to the „Neue Leipziger Schule“ is accounted for by her training as well as her figurative work. However, Vlaming differs from other members of the New Leipzig School since she exploits the boundaries between abstraction and figuration while interlacing the human with their surrounding ornamental and pictorial structures.
The artist, who takes on a teaching assignment (2001-2003) and teaches at the 14th International Summer Academy for Fine Arts in Dresden, displayed her work at various international solo exhibitions. Among others, the show „YOU PROMISED ME“ is to be noted when 50 of her paintings where brought together to be presented at Kunsthalle Mannheim in 2008. Her works are part of significant public collections and museums, including:

Altana Collection, Germany.

Art Collection Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany.

Hildebrand Collection / Kunsthalle G2 Leipzig, Germany.

Kunstfonds des Freistaates Sachsen, Germany.

Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Collection Sparkasse Leipzig, Germany.

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany.

Collection Contemporary Visual Arts /Kulturhaus Leuna, Germany.

SØR Rusche Collection, Oelde/Berlin, Germany.

Richter Collection, Germany.

Kerber Collection, Bielefeld/Berlin, Germany.

Frisch Collection, Berlin, Germany.

Kleinsimlinghaus Collection, Krefeld, Germany.

Corporate Collection Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany.

VNG Art – Collection for Contemporary Visual Arts, Germany.

Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany.

Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany.


1999–2001 Master class with final degree “Meisterschülerin” of Prof. Arno Rink, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany
1999–2000 Visiting student programme painting, professional course Prof. Jan Dibbets, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Deutschland
1994–1999 Studies of painting and graphic art with final degree diploma with honour, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany
1991–1993 Studies of educational sciences with final degree pre-diploma in educational sciences, sociology and psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany

Teaching Activities

2011 Lectureship for painting, 14th International Dresdner Summer Academy of Visual Arts Dresden, Germany
2001–2003 Lectureship for illustration, BTK – University of Art and Design Berlin, Germany
1999–2001 Lectureship for Architekturperspektive, University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) Leipzig, Germany
1999–2000 Assistent evening academy, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany

Scholarships, Awards and Travels 

2010 Foreign exchange scholarship in Herzliya, Israel; sponsored by the cultural administration of the city of Berlin, organized by schir in cooperation with Artists’ Residence Herzliya, Israel
2005 Foreign exchange scholarship in Columbus, Ohio, USA; promoted by the Free State of Saxony, Germany, and the Greater Art Council, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2001 Stay for work and studies in Kenya, Africa; promoted by graduate scholarship
1999–2001 Saxon State Scholarship, state graduate promotion
1999 Honour for diploma in painting and graphic art

Solo exhibitions

2017 No Time for Crying – Galerie Rother Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Treasure World – Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt, Germany.
2016 Eden – Galerie Dukan, Leipzig, Germany.
Eden – Galerie Dukan, Paris, France.
Wonderland – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Drifter – Zic Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2014 Fool’s Paradise – Villa Goecke, Krefeld, Germany.
Muse – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin, Germany.
2011 Miriam Vlaming. The Unknown Land – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany.
2010 Wahre Sagen – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin, Germany.
Every Single Day – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Beijing, China.
2009 Habseligkeiten – Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Für Immer – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany.
2008 You Promised Me – Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany.
You Are Wearing A Mask – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin, Germany.
2007 Good Morning Revival –Moti Hasson Gallery, NY, USA.
Afterall – Maerzgalerie Leipzig, Germany.
2006 Neverlasting Summer – Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Survivor – Galerie Stefan Denninger, Berlin, Germany.
West End – Galerie Christa Burger, München, Germany.
2005 Living The Dream – Märzgalerie Leipzig, Germany.
Summer Collection – Spring Studies, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
2004 Wonderland – Max-Planck-Institut, Berlin, Germany.
Expedition – Galerie Stefan Denninger, Berlin, Germany.
Vlaming – Maerzgalerie Leipzig, Germany.
Miriam Vlaming – cc room, Berlin, Germany.
2001 In Between – Messehaus am Markt, Leipzig, Germany.
My Famous LoveAffairs – Galerie Kermer, Leipzig, Germany.