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|
|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|
|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.