Hilde Overbergh makes paintings and painterly installations.

Small daily actions such as folding/ unfolding, stacking, arranging things in space, give structure to her observations and function as inspiration and work method. Starting from her interest in compositional strategies, her work explores the pictorial space, where the physicality of painting and the play with architectural elements, in all senses, become the subject of her work. She believes in the potential of the painting as an object, as process and experience. Provoking the unpredictable as part of this process, she combines a universe where paint mixtures are poured onto the canvas, where silkscreened and painted silhouettes are composed and where precisely fabricated spacial elements, connect all the parts with the space they are presented in.These constructed realities are often reminiscent of stage sets. In her work the artist searches for a new concept of our surroundings. Realising that space is only created by the capacity to remain open to new connections, Overbergh’s installations can be understood as gestures or suggestions to be discovered.

Hilde Overbergh (1964, Leuven) lives and works in Leuven, Belgium. She received a masters degree in painting from Otis art institute, Los Angeles, a BFA in printmaking from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and an MFA degree from the PXL in Hasselt. She teaches in the painting department at SLAC, Leuven. Together with a group of 4 artists she runs the artist run space SECONDroom Leuven.


4 frames, 2017

solo exhibitions

  • 2019 Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle, Zwart Huis gallery, Brussels (BE)

  • 2017 Reframed, The Whitehouse gallery, Leuven (BE)

  • 2016 Screen, KABK, Oudenaarde (BE)

  • 2016 "(TUSSEN)plaats, WOOT, Antwerp (BE)

  • 2015 "vorspulen-zwischenspulen-klarspulen”, CB1 gallery, Los Angeles (US)

  • 2014 100% Synthetic, gallery Kusseneers, Brussels (BE)

  • 2011 Repositioning basics, CB1 gallery, Los Angeles (US)

  • 2010 CC De Bogaard, Sint-Truiden (BE)

  • 2009 Down the rabbit hole, CC Hasselt (BE)

  • 2009 Kulturama, Protected, Romaanse poort kapel, Leuven (BE)

  • 2008 EXIT 08, Hasselt (BE)

  • 2008 Domestic affairs, Tweebronnen, Leuven (BE)

group exhibitions

  • 2019 Abstracte onschatbare geschilderde gedachten, curator Fred Michiels, Westmalle (BE)

  • 2018 Prize Ernest Albert exhibition, Mechelen (BE)

  • 2018 Folding & Folding, Rooberoo Mansion gallery, Tehran (IR)

  • 2017 Where form meets art, Antwerp (BE)

  • 2017 Hilde Overbergh & Hans Everaert, Zwart Huis gallery, Knokke (BE)

  • 2016 Do boomerangs always come back? Oud-Rekem (BE)

  • 2016 "FRAME INVITES #1, (PXL-MAD en UHasselt), Dommelhof, Neerpelt (BE)

  • 2015 "Accommodating the mess", Espace des arts abstraits, Paris (FR)

  • 2015 A Belgian politician, Marionne De Cannière gallery, Antwerp (BE)

  • 2014 Opening the white house gallery, Lovenjoel (BE)

  • 2013 Ik zie, ik zie, CIAP, Hasselt (BE)

  • 2013 Crossing the lines again, The Workplace, Antwerp (BE)

  • 2012 BAH, pop Up Gallery, Leuven (BE)

  • 2012 Set-off, Leuven (BE)

  • 2012 INSIDE-OUT, Mechelen (BE)

  • 2012 Manifesta parallel, Mad faculty selection, Genk (BE)

  • 2011 BAH, Pop Up Gallery, Leuven (BE)

  • 2010 Not just a shelter, Mc Nish gallery, Oxnard (US)

  • 2010 For your pleasure, CB1 gallery, Los Angeles (US)

  • 2010 The Story of O, Ben Maltz gallery, Los Angeles (US)

  • 2009 Rodenbach Awards exhibition, De Markten, Brussels (BE)

  • 2009 RE/TEKEN, PHL, Hasselt (BE)

  • 2008 Private/Public Binnenstad Hasselt (BE)

  • 2008 Glocal Affairs, Maastricht (NL)

  • 2008 Betrekkelijk rustig, Oud-Rekem (BE)

  • 2004 Provincial Prize Vlaams-Brabant 2003, Leuven (BE)

  • 2004 Painting and photography through the contemporary eye, Dobiacco (I)


  • 2018 Prize Ernest Albert, Mechelen (BE)

  • 2009 Laureate Rodenbach Fonds Award, Brussels (BE)

  • 2008 Wanatoe prize, Limburg (BE)

  • 2003 Provincial prize Vlaams-Brabant (BE)

  • 1999 Provincial prize Vlaams-Brabant (BE)

  • 1997 Laureate Dirk Bouts prize, Leuven (BE)

  • 1990 Grand Concours International de Peinture, Luxemburg (LUX)

  • 1989 Laureate Armand Hammer Award, Los Angeles (US)


  • 2018 arteventura Aracena, Spain

  • 2018 Rooberoo Mansion Teheran, Iran

  • 2014 Cas-co Leuven, Belgium

  • 2004 Dobiacco, Italy