Iris Kensmil

1970, The Netherlands

Started teaching in Visual Arts in 2017

Education and Work Experience

Iris Kensmil is a Dutch artist of Surinamese descent who makes oil paintings, drawings and installations. Her work investigates contemporary concepts of image and artistic strategies, which she elaborates in a European painting and drawing style. Through her work, she draws from previously neglected histories - classically excluded by the western canon - to give Black individuals a place in art history. For Kensmil, art has a potential to generate alternative histories and catalyse change. 

In 2019 Iris Kensmil will represent together with Remy Jungerman the Netherlands in the Duth Pavillon at the Venice Biennale.
She showed at Van Abbemuseum EindhovenStudy in Black Modernity”, while convening the 2 opening days of the caucus “Becoming More”. Other exhibitions include: Club Solo, Breda (2015), Shifting Colours Tropenmuseum Amsterdam (2014), Contemporary Art Museum Moengo, Suriname (2013), How Far How Near, The World in the Stedelijk, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2014), Out of History, Amsterdams Museum (2013), Time, Trade Travel, SMBA, Amsterdam & Nubuku Foundation Accra Ghana  (2012), Mutualism, Co-Prosperity, Chicago, Monumentalism, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2010).

Her work is held in public collections such as as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Amsterdam Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Moengo, Surinam.

Iris Kensmil graduated at Academy of the fine arts Minerva, Groningen on painting, graphic and drawing in 1996. She did residencies in New York and Moengo (Surinam).  She is member of Jury Royal Prize for autonomous Painting.