Jacco Olivier was born in 1972 in Kloetinge in The Netherlands. Today he lives and works in Amsterdam.
The artist combines painting and moving images into short, miniature-like animations. Series of small paintings are painted in an open manner, always updated and systematically photographed at each stage of development.
The films that emerge from this process are often a naturalistic experience as well as mystifying. By continuously oscillating between abstraction and representation, distinct traces of painting and decisions are visible.
What makes this method so particular is that Olivier, by documenting the work process, creates the work in a sort of performance – in sense of “the journey is the reward” (Maxime).
In addition to numerous international participations in exhibitions and in Biennials, Olivier has regularly, since 2004, had solo exhibitions at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, and at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. In 2010, the Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, and the CAB Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos showed solo exhibitions of the artist.
The artist was a part of group exhibitions, among others at the Denver Art Museum (2011), the museum Weserburg in Bremen (2008), and the Prague Biennale (2005).
In his home country, Olivier was honored with many exhibitions, catalogues, and art awards, including the 2002 “Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture” award.