Raquel van Haver’s practice is enlivened by bold and energetic murals of quotidian life. Opening small windows unto scenes of frivolity and family, van Haver resists the notion of voyeurism, curating authentic access into other worlds and spaces. In these dimly lit doorways and crowded rooms, van Haver realizes new and exciting connections and dialogue, igniting glimmers of recognition in her visceral and emotive displays.

Her art candidly portrays her intimate circle at their most honest, familiar faces appearing in the comfort of their own homes, local haunts and beloved spots. In their personal anchoring to place and time, van Haver’s paintings delve into an exploration of global connectivity, where migration, cultural history and the ritualistic quality of day-to-day life underpins the unity of human existence.

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Browse works by Raquel van Haver

A shrine of a deity: Every house a palace
Unfair - Raquel van haver, a shrine of a deity: every house a palace

Raquel van Haver
A shrine of a deity: Every house a palace
A shrine of a deity: See igbadun, Shine your eye
Unfair - Raquel van haver, a shrine of a deity: see igbadun, shine your eye, 2018

Raquel van Haver
A shrine of a deity: See igbadun, Shine your eye (2018)

190 x 150 cm

Change the Rhythm of the Dancehall… It’s Still the Same Groove
Unfair - Raquel van haver, change the rhythm of the dancehall… it’s still the same groove, 2018

Raquel van Haver
Change the Rhythm of the Dancehall… It’s Still the Same Groove (2018)
Mid-Present-50
Unfair - Raquel van haver, mid-present-50, 2019

Raquel van Haver
Mid-Present-50 (2019)

226 x 290 cm

A shrine of a deity: Mothers of the soil
Unfair - Raquel van haver, a shrine of a deity: mothers of the soil, 2018

Raquel van Haver
A shrine of a deity: Mothers of the soil (2018)

190 x 150 cm

Raquel van Haver (1989) was born in Bogota, Colombia and is lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She graduated from the HKU, Fine Arts department in Utrecht. She contributed to group exhibitions at art spaces such as Framer Framed, Amsterdam and Fiesta del Fuego, Santiago de Cuba, and has had solo presentations at Jackbell Gallery London, Sanquin Amsterdam and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among others. Works by van Haver have been included in numerous collections such as the Sanquin Art Collection and the collection of Otto Schaap. Van Haver has been listed most influential young artist under 30 in Forbes 30under30 in 2016 and won the prestigious Royal Award for Modern Painting in 2018 and the Stimuleringsprijs Amsterdam by AFK in 2019.

 

Raquel van Haver (1989) was born in Bogota, Colombia and is currently based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the HKU, Fine Arts department in Utrecht. Her solo exhibition, 'Spirits of the Soil,' took place at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 2018. Her works have been displayed in various venues, including the Dordrechts Museum in the Netherlands, Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria, and BOZAR Centre for Fine Art in Brussels, Belgium. Notably, she received the prestigious Dutch Royal Prize for Painting in 2018 and the Amsterdam award in 2019. In 2020, she unveiled her latest project, Amo a la Reina, and showcased related pieces at Breda Photo, Museo Bolivariano in Colombia, and De Fundatie in 2023. Additionally, a documentary named 'The Women of My Country,' directed by Bibi Fadlalla, was broadcasted on Dutch television in 2020.


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