Kley’s aim is to make individual human experiences and relationships tangible.
She draws inspiration from people's life stories, as well as personal experiences. She deliberately makes room for her subject to participate in the process. While sharing time, she finds and creates traces of individual life. In each project, her methodology and artistic choices are specifically adapted for her subject. This results in intimate, tailor-made portraits in the form of abstract sculptures or large-scale installations.

MARIA KLEY

Dutch / Japanese / German
Born in Tokyo, 1981
Works in Brussels BE and Rotterdam NL

mail@mariakley.com

EDUCATION
2000 - 2004 ArtEZ Intitute of the Arts / fashion design/ Arnhem NL
1999 - 2000 Sint Joost Academy / Breda NL

RESIDENCIES
2018 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam NL
2013 Greatmore Studios, Cape Town SA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Moist, 7 Rue des Fabriques, Brussels BE
2013 Human Landscape, CIAP Het Kabinet, Hasselt BE
2013 Human Landscape, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town SA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Tsukumogami, Oerol, Terschelling NL
2016 Hommage, Bozar, Brussels BE
2015 Deaf Man's Villa, Croxhapox, Gent BE
2015 Image Talks, Old Jail UHasselt, Hasselt BE
2014 Incroyable Téléphérique, Parc de Forest, Brussel BE
2014 Gasthoven Invites, CC Het Gasthuis, Aarschot BE
2014 Grote Prijs Ernest Albert 2014 | Sculpture Prize, De Garage, Mechelen BE
2013 Woman. Object. Corpse., Centre for African Studies / CAS Gallery, Cape Town SA
2012 Mark Macken Sculpture Prize 2012, SD Worx, Antwerpen BE
2005 Menspakjes, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam NL

GRANTS
2017 VSB Fonds (coproduction with Dadadadan Tenko and Nishiko)
2017 Japan Foundation (coproduction with Dadadadan Tenko and Nishiko)
2017 EU Japan Fest (coproduction with Dadadadan Tenko and Nishiko)
2004 Starter Stipend Mondriaan Fund

NOMINATIONS
2014 Grote Prijs Ernest Albert 2014 | Sculpture Prize BE
2012 Mark Macken Sculpture Prize 2012 BE
2004 ITS#Three International Talent Support Fashion Competition (fashion) IT

HONORABLE MENTIONS
2002 Prix Seconde Main, Fédération Française du Gant (fashion) FR

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
2016 Kinderkunstenfabriek, workshop, FLACC and C-Mine Genk BE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (FASHION)
2008- onwards print designer for the fashion industry
2005- 2007 H & M designer of menswear, prints and accessories SE
2005 Maurizio Altieri | Carpe Diem designer of menswear, fabrics and accessories IT
2004 'It is all about you men' designer of graduation collection based on a psycho-social research NL
2003 Jack Henry designer of prints, accessories, graphics FR

WEBSITES
www.mariakley.com
www.mariakley.tumblr.com (blog)