Koen van den Broek was born in Bree, Belgium, in 1973 and lives and works in Antwerp.
Widely known for his series of paintings inspired by unconventional perspective, for the past decade he has been consistently influenced by urban landscape. The artist would travel extensively, taking hundreds of snapshots later employed as composition studies for his paintings. Revisiting the same locations year after year, he would depict the same theme - often a section of a gutter or a curb, a crack in the asphalt, or a particular shape of shadow. This process, similar to the repetitive practice of conceptual art, results in a hybrid image, close to abstraction although still reminiscent of its subject.
Recently, the artist has been developing a different approach, based on his own pictures rather than on photographs of the world outside his studio. Selecting formal elements from his previous works, he isolates and re-translates them onto canvas. Thus the paintings no longer relate to any specific space, but to paint itself. The outcome of this self-referential new method, which is both physical and metaphysical, intensifies the serial quality of his practice.
Van den Broek has exhibited widely throughout the world, from New York to Seoul, including a major retrospective at SMAK, Ghent, in 2010. Van den Broek has shown in many museum exhibitions including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; DA2, Salamanca; Museo Alto Garda, Trento; Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS) and Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), Antwerp. In 2008 van den Broek collaborated with John Baldessari on ‘This an Example of That’, a series of works culminating in exhibition at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. His works are in the collections of numerous museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Modern Kunst, Oslo; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; the Leeum Collection at the Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Seoul; SMAK, Ghent; M HKA, Antwerp.