Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen

Caraota von Moules (with Arturo Herrera), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2012, Installation view

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen

Caraota von Moules (with Arturo Herrera), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2012, Installation view

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen

Caraota von Moules (with Arturo Herrera), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2012, Installation view

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen

Caraota von Moules (with Arturo Herrera), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2012, Installation view

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen

Caraota von Moules (with Arturo Herrera), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2012, Installation view

Arocha Schraenen Column, 2015

installation view from the exhibition "The Gap..." at Parasol unit, London, 2015

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen Red Green & Black, 2015

Ink on paper, 36 x 26 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen View 2, 2015

Ink on paper, 51 x 36 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen View 3, 2015

Ink on paper, 40 x 31 cm

Arocha Schraenen Yellow and Black, 2015

ink on paper, 51 x 36 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen View 1, 2015

Ink on paper, 51 x 36 cm

17.12.2016 -

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen and Antonio Calderara: Angelehnt @ Kunstparterre, Munich, Germany



Carla Arocha


born in Caracas, Venezuela

lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Stéphane Schraenen


born in Antwerp, Belgium

lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium


Carla Arocha


MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago


BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


BS, St. Xavier University, Chicago

Stéphane Schraenen


Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp


Communication Management, Higher Institute for Communication Management of the Province of Antwerp

solo exhibitions


New works, KaBe Contemporary solo booth, Untitled, Miami, FL (US)

Concrete, curated by Ziba Ardalan, Parasol Unit, London (UK)

solo project at ARCOmadrid, Madrid (ES) 



Landscape, curated by Jesus Fuenmayor, PINTA, Miami, FL (US)

In A Rhythmic Fashion, Hap Gallery, Portland, Oregon (US)

Trace, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin (DE)

DOT, a part og Lieven Sergers & Frank Koolen’s “120 minuten” project, Art Brussels, Brussels (BE)

In A Rhytmic Fashion, Glyptotheca, Zagreb (HR)

Landscape, L.A.R.V.A., Guadaljara (MX)


PERSIANA (a 10 year survey), Cultuurzentrum Mechelen, Mechelen (BE)


Click, KaBe Contemporary, Miami (USA)

What Now?, Isabella Czarnowska Galerie, Berlin (DE)

Sunday, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo (JP)


Looking For Clues, ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles (US)

The Discrepansy between the Pale and the Dark Zone, Ganes Pratt, MALA Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)

After, CAB de Burgos, Burgos (ES)


Cabin Fever, Cabin, Antwerp, (BE)

Five Colors, Editions Copenhagen, Copenhagen (DK)

Circa Tabac at the Wallace Collection, curated by Ken Pratt, London (UK)

Carla Arocha – Stéphane Schraenen: Framed an Vaast Colson: Screwed, BeLa Editions, Brussels (BE)


Undertow, KaBe Gallery, Miami, FL (US)

25°85’08” N – 80°12 ‘03”, NADA Miami, organized by Agency PLC, Deauville Hotel, Miami, FL (US)

Waterloo Station, Peter Pilotto, Fashion Week, London (UK)

As If, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, Ill (US)

Sequence #4, Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerp (BE)


Gloria, Vegas Gallery, London (UK)


Hier Waak Ik, Periferico, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Caracas, curated by Jesus Fuenmayor, Caracas (VE)

If Only, Andre Schlechtriem Contemporary, New York, NY (US)

Marauders, Schlechtriem Brothers, Berlin (DE)

The Man You Love to Hate, Koraalberg, Antwerp (BE)


Fire Walk With Me, curated by Montserrat Albores, Mexico City, DF (MX)

Marauders, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (US)


Chris, André Schlechtriem Temporary, New York (US)

Carla Arocha – Stéphane Schraenen, Koraalberg, Antwerp (BE)

Chris, F.R.A.C. Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)

selected group exhibitions


Restlessness, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin (DE)


Wake Up and Dream, curated by Niels Verkaeren, ETAGE22, Antwerp (BE)

Hollandaise, curated by Ken Pratt and Antony Ferrer- de Maillol , New Art Projects-Dutch Embassy, London (UK)

Logica Difusa, Los Galpones, Caracas (VEN)

The Magical Surface: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography, curated by Zeba Ardalan, , Parasol Unit, London (UK)

The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium, curated by Luc Tuymans, MuKHA, Antwerp, Belgium


Unterseeboot Uber Malermeister, Curated by Guy van Bossche, , CC De Garage, Mechelen, (BE)

Landscape – Spacing, Pulsar, Antwerp (BE)

Big, Espacio Molitor, Caracas, (VEN)

Some Works, Pulsar, Antwerp (BE)

The Gap, curated by Luc Tuymans, Parasol Unit, London (UK)

My Lonely Days Are Over Part 2, curated by Arturo Herera, Arratia Beer Galerie, Berlin (DE)

International Laundry 2, curated by Mike Bouchet, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt (DE)

A Belgian Politician, curated by Lieven Segers and Tom Liekens, Manon De Caniere, Antwerp (BE)


THRESHOLD, curated by Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, De Garage, Mechelen (BE),

Limited Visibility, CAM Raleigh, North Carolina (US)

15 de los 90/ Quince de los noventa, curated by Lorena Gonzalez, Fundacion Sala Mendoza, Caracas (VEN)

Eb Blanco y Negro, Kabe Contemporary, Miami (US)

Museum to Scale 1/7, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)

HOW SIX MEN GOT ON IN THE WORLD, Fresh Eggs Gallery, Berlin (DE)

Museum to Scale 1/7m The Baker Museum, Artis-Naples, Florida (US)

Sechse gehen durch die ganze Welt, Auguststraße 86, Berlin (DE)


Selected Works: Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Louis Lawler and Markus Döbeli, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin (DE)

Museum to Scale 1/7, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels (BE)

Place is the Space, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri (US)

The Distaff Side, The Melva Bucksbauam collectionat the Granary, Sharon Coneticut (US)

CAB Burgos Colldection El Centro de Arte Alcobendas Madrid (ES)


Caraota von Moules with Arturo Herrera and Meyer Weisman, Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin (DE)

All The Umbrellas In London Can’t Stop This Pain, a public group project in conjunction with London’s 2012 Summer Olympics, London (UK)

Spectral Metropole, curated by Ken Pratt, City Museum (Mestni Muzej), Vzigalica Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)


New Art from Belgium, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (DE)

You Never Walk Alone, curated by Vanessa van Obberghen, Worksound, Portland, Or (US)

Artefact 2011, S.T.U.K., Leuven (BE)

New Art from Belgium, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne (DE)


Into the Light, December 9-19, 2010, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE)

The Raw and the Cooked, curated by Clayton Press and Gregory Linn, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York (US)

New Art from Belgium, Galerie Christian Nagel, Antwerp (BE)

The State of Things, curated by Ai Wei Wei and Luc Tuymans, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (CN)

POP-ARTPOP-ART, NICC (New International Centre of Culture), Antwerp (BE)

Célébration, FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)


The State of Things, curated by Ai Wei Wei and Luc Tuymans, BOZAR, Brussels (BE)

Setting The Pattern, with Kris Fierens, Joris Ghekiere, Perry Roberts, Ian Davenport and DJ Simpson, Koraalberg, Antwerp (BE)

5×5 Castello 09, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello, Castello (ES)


Moments in Time, The Witte Zaal, Ghent (BE)

De Narcisse a Alice, ISELP, Brussels (BE)

Wallpaintings 9+1/1+9, curated by Koen Leemans & Luk Lambrecht, Bksm – Beeldende Kunst Strombeek/Mechelen, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (BE)

Prospect 58, curated by Pieter Vermeersch, Hessenhuis, Antwerp (BE)

The Urban Tendency, curated by Ken Pratt in conjunction with the London Architecture Biennial, London (UK)

Brussels Biennial: Art as Borderland; 3 site-specific installations, curated by Barbara Vanderlinden, Brussels (BE)


Reflecting Surface, The Agency Gallery, London (UK)

Metamorphosis III, L.A.C. Lieu d’art contemporain, Sigean (FR)

Project Space, André Schlechtriem, New York (US)

Metamorphosis III, Museo Abello, Barcelona (ES)

public comissions


5-HT2A, Woonzorgcentrum Ter Leenen, Nevele (BE)

All The Umbrellas In London Can’t Stop This Pain, a public group project in conjunction with London’s 2012 Summer Olympics, London (UK)


24/7, CTA (Chicago Transit Authority Commission) permanent installation at renovated Howard Station, Chicago (US)


American Express, New York NY (US)

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL (US)

Benedictine University, Chicago (US)

British Airways Collection, O’Hare International Airport, Chicago IL (US)

CAB De Burgos, Burgos (SP)

C.I.F.O., Miami, Fl (US)

F.R.A.C. Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)

F.R.A.C. Bourgogne, Dijon (FR)

Fundación Banco Mercantil, Caracas (VEN)

MCA, Chicago, IL (US)

MOMA, New York NY (US)

MUHKA, Antwerp (BE)

Nationale Bank Van België – Banque Nationale de Belgique, Brussels (BE)

Stiftung Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (SC)

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN (US)

Wall Street International Magazine, 2017 more on

English version German version

The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium by Will Gresson

Featuring around 40 works from fifteen artists, The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium is an exploration of the notion of abstraction across a broad spectrum of interpretations. Currently showing from now until the beginning of December at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art in London, the exhibition is curated by Belgium artist Luc Tuymans and seeks to follow the thread of abstraction through different generations and mediums, drawing attention to the influences which more contemporary artists carry from their predecessors while also exploring the diversity of artist practice and approach surrounding abstraction… more on


Soto and You by Sarah K. Rich

But the contemporary art objects that approach Soto’s example most successfully, I’d argue, are those that problematize the very project of awakening perceptual and epistemological self-awareness in the viewer. Chris Box (2006) by Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, makes use of some of Soto’s favorite devices, particularly in its deployment of abstract forms in a vitrine format, now with multiple planes parallel to the wall… more on

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Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen by Ory Dessau

For their second exhibition at Galerie Isabella Czarnowska the Antwerp- based artist duo Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schranen chose the (binding and somewhat deceptive) word “Trace” to title their neo-minimal, site-specific installation of immaculate furniture- like object, propositional architectural interventions and patterned works on paper… more on

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Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, Persiana by Cathryn Drake

A coalescence of two mischievous minds, “Persiana” combines work from the decade-long partnership of Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen into an elegant meditation on the alchemy and treachery of perception… more on



The artistic duo Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, from Venezuela and Belgium respectively, have installed a solo exhibition at Isabella Czarnowska’s gallery near Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, entitled “What Now ?” … more on

H art, #117, 17.10.2013

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen by Andreas Schlaegel

The artist couple Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen made their debut in Berlin five years ago, with their show Marauders. Its centerpiece then was an imposing curtain wall, made up of interwoven elements of metal and mirrors, creating dramatic moirée effects and an interplay of positive and negative forms. 2013 and the mirrors are back, but less theatrical, baroque and exuberant. In Memories I the mir- rors are attached to a structure that looks like junk discov- ered on the street, an untidy stack… more on #57

Ausstellungsbesprechung: What Now? von Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen (+cover) by Julika Nehb

Übergänge – oder, wie es im Kunstjargon heißt, Transformationen – von einem zustand in einen anderen bestimmen das Leben ebenso wie die Kunst. dort werden grundlegende Veränderungen, die Künstler in soziopolitischen, persönlichen oder kunsthistorischen zusammenhängen wahrnehmen, in entsprechenden ausdrucksformen und ungewohnten Perspektiven reflektiert – und weisen dabei auf Vergangenes, Bestehendes und zukünftiges… more on

KUNST Magazin, Nr. 77, November 2011

Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand by Ingeborg Ruthe

Die Farbe der Liebe, des Lebens, der Leidenschaften überzieht die Ausstellungshalle im Künstlerhaus Bethanien… more on

Berliner Zeitung

"Caraota von Moules": Carla Arocha, Stéphane Schraenen, Arturo Herrera

“Mit Ausnahme des Flamen Stéphane Schraenen (*1971, Antwerpen), stammen Carla Arocha (*1961, Caracas) und Arturo Herrera (*1959, Caracas) aus derselben Künstlergeneration aus Venezuela. Heute leben Arocha und Schraenen in Antwerpen, Arturo Herrera mittlerweile seit 2009, seit Erhalt eines… more on



The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium, published by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London 2015.


PERSIANA Carla Arocha – Stéphane Schraenen, exhibition catalogue, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium, Ludion Publisher, Belgium 2014


Carla Arocha – Stéphane Schraenen: What Now?. Galerie Isabella Czarnowska / Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2013.


Arturo Herrera, Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen: Caraota von Moules. Faltblatt anlässlich der gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2012. After, Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos 2012.


Bumpus, Jessica, Grand Designs, in: UK, 16 February


Weinberg, Lauren. “Use Your Illusion.” In: Time Out Chicago. Issue 295: Oct 21–27.

Germanos, Paul. “Review: Carla Arocha & Stephane Schraenen @ Monique Meloche.” In: Chicago Critical. Sept 19.

Pratt, Ken. “We Like – Art Walk.” Other Edition. Sept.


Benko, Susanna. Carla Arocha – Stéphane Schraenen Pereferico Caracas, Artnexus, Issue #73.

Bellet, Harry, ’Des femmes, des jeunes, de l’art frais: c’est à la Foire de Bruxelles que les collectionneurs ’doivent être’ ‘, in : Le Monde, 28 Avril 2009.

De Wavrin, Isabelle, ’ArtBrussels: les femmes d’abord, in: BeauxArts, April 2009.

Soetaert, Gerrie, ’Onderste boven de beurs binnen – Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen’, in: De StandaardMagazine – WeekendEditie Art Brussels 2009, 25 April 2009.

Fy, Phillip.”Bonnes impressions” Arts Libre, La Libre Belgique April-May 2009, p 12.

Popelier, Bert, ’Vrouwen centraal op ArtBrussels’, in: De Tijd, 24 April 2009, p. 39.

Van Bogaert, Pieter, ’Iedereen artist’, in: HART, 16 April 2009, pp. 5-6.

Straetmans, Elisabeth, ’Hedendaagse kunst in de kijker in Brussel’, in: Trends voor Specialisten, 7 April 2009, p. 28.

Daletchine, Alexandre, ’ArtBrussels 27 Contemporary Art Fair’, in: Arte News, 1 April 2009, p. 21-32.

Lamot, Yoon Hee, ’ArtBrussels houdt u op de hoogte’, in: Collect Arts Antiques Auctions, 1 April 2009, p. 18-21.

Benko, Susana. “Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen” ArtNexus N° 73, p. 97-98.

Kahn, A., Interview with Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, in: ComplotMagazine, Venezuela, Maart 2009.

Vuegen, Christine, ’Expo Art Rotterdam – Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen’, in: Kunstbeeld, N°2, 2009, p.15.


Pratt, Ken, “Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen: Depth of Focus.” Wound Magazine, N° 3, Summer 08, pp. 252-258.

De Baets, Isabelle, ’Circa Tabac’ van Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen’, in: OKV, N° 6, December 2008 – Januari 2009, pp.14-18.

De Jonghe, Stéphanie, ’Voor de galerie: Carla Arocha, tevens mevrouw Luc Tuymans’, in: Humo, N° 3543/31, 29 Juli 2008, pp.126-129.


Martin, Courtney, “Critic’s Choice: Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen.”

Artner, Alan, “Photos spur closer scrutiny of subjects.” Chicago Tribune, Section 7, Friday May 4, 2007.

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