Biography

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Floor Grootenhuis is a New York City-based artist.

Her graduate studies in human geography at the University of Amsterdam opened up her exploration of how people, cultures and connections coexist across the world. After a decade of working in developing countries and humanitarian response she started painting based on her experiences.

Her current interest involves participatory installations made from recycled materials and everyday objects. Her art is inspired by the places in which she has worked and lived, ranging from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan to Barcelona, Jakarta and now New York City.

Her pieces have been shown at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona, Jakarta, and the Clio Art Fair in Chelsea. Recently, her work was in Unframed at the FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn. Floor’s pieces live in private collections in Kenya, South Africa, Australia, USA, Thailand, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

Selected exhibitions

2014

present (in) visible, Solo Show, Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, New York, USA (Catalog)
Unframed, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
Creative Mischief, National Academy Museum, New York, USA (Catalog)
Clio Art Fair, Chelsea, New York, USA (Catalog)
Mid Year exhibition, National Academy School, New York, USA

2013

On the Relativity of Distance (and some of its consequences): American and Italian Art, 1963-2013, Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, New York, USA (Catalog)

Open Studio, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA

Printed Echoes: Photographs and Prints, Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, New York, USA

Creative Mischief, National Academy Museum, New York, USA (Catalog)


2012

Light Shades, National Academy, Project Room, New York, USA

Sounds and Reverberations, Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, New York, USA (Catalog)

End of Year exhibition, Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, New York, USA


2011

Open Studio, SVA (School of Visual Arts) artist residency, New York, USA

DRap Art, CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània), Barcelona, Spain (Catalog)


2010

Ten Diez Deu, Metafora International Workshop art space, Barcelona, Spain (Catalog)

In Vitro, Untitled BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (Catalog)


2009

M33&1, Metafora International Workshop art space, Barcelona, Spain (Catalog)

Whiter Shade of Pale, Untitled BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (Catalog)


2008

Spaces, Jakarta International Community Centre, Jakarta Indonesia (Catalog)


2007

flyFISHmountain, Rumah Kemang Utara 3, Jakarta, Indonesia (Catalog)