Born in 1985 in Bonn, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany


Vivian Greven’s paintings are an exploration of interpersonal relationships. From romantic and familial kinship to classical mythologies, the artist transcends traditional depictions of intimacy by capturing the vulnerability of metamorphosis. Her vocabulary borrows from recognizable forms of Greco-Roman sculpture and aesthetic perfection of digital media to interrogate evolving representations of the body through time. In her atemporal spaces, fragmented body parts exist just out of reach: limbs extend out to one another, while lips linger on the canvas. Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, Greven's smooth figures are often punctuated by uneven framing, erupting color fields, or what appear to be technological glitches, which highlight existing tension between her figures. Greven’s paintings become microcosms where digital-age detachment is overcome by the innate human desire for connection.

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2015 MFA Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
2013 English Studies, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany

solo shows

-Vivian Greven in Dialogue with Paula Modersohn Becker, Paula Modersohn Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany (forthcoming)
-When the Sun Hits the Moon, Perrotin, New York, NY
​-EGOSTATE, collaboration with Vivian Greven & Benjamin Houlihan, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany

-Water, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, Gladbeck, Germany

-CLOSE, Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf, Germany
-Nabel, Heidelberger Kunstverein Heidelberg, Germany
-Kunstmuseum Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland 
-The Negatives, Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai, China

-Apple, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

-Elefant, ak Raum, Cologne, Germany
-0 V, Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf, Germany
-air, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, Germany

-amore, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany

-GRAZIA, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
-Eyes Wide Shut, STRABAG Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
-BUDUMN, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

group shows

PERIPHERIE WANDERUNG, New Presentation of the Collection, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn Germany (forthcoming)

-Bathers, Museum MORE, Gorssel, Netherlands (forthcoming)
-The Infinite Woman, Fondation Carmignac, Paris, France (forthcoming)
-Zwischen Pixel und Pigment. Hybride Malerei in postdigitalen Zeiten, Museum Marta Herford, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Herford Bielefeld, Germany (forthcoming)
-Wiedereröffnung, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (forthcoming)
-A Small Land of Watery Light, Vacancy, Shanghai, China

-The New Kunstpalast, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
-NEW  ACQUISITIONS II, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany
-MATERNITY LEAVE: NONE OF WOMEN BORN, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas,TX 
-Octobre+, Perrotin, Paris, France

-Johann Gottfried Schadow – Berührende Formen, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
-I'm stepping high, I'm drifting, and there I go leaping, Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China
-VIERMALVIER / FOURTIMESFOUR, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
-Neun Positionen der jungen Malerei, Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold, Germany
-FACE TO FACE – Porträts aus der Sammlung Frank Brabant und Gäste, Museum Haus Opherdicke, Holzwickede, Germany
-Happiness is a State of Mind, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
-Something Between Us, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
-MIXED FEELINGS, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany
-Finger Bang, curated by Genesis Belagner & GaHee Park, Perrotin, Paris, France
-Girl Meets Girl, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway

-High Voltage Two, Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel
-Sweet Lies, Ludwig Forum für Internationalw Kunst, Aachen, Germany
-21/21. Neue Malerei in der Sammlung, Kunsthaus NRW, Aachen Germany
-Art History Selects, Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI
-Something Between Us, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

-Magnet: Fleeting Forces in Forms, Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai, China
-Something Between Us, KAI 10 I Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany
-Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
-Berührend, Paula Modersohn Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany
-In aller Munde. Von Pieter Brugel bis Cindy Cherman, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
-Poisonous Kiss. Lovely Venom., TICK TACK, Antwerp, Belgium

-Image Vision, Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt, Germany
-Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauer, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
-Shaped Figure, Kunstverein Krefeld, MMIII Kunstverein Mönchengladbach, Germany
-Touch Knows You Before Language. Vivian Greven, Erica Mahinay, Lauren Seiden, Lyles & King, New York, NY
-TO MAKE THE STONE STONY, Golsa, Oslo, Norway
-ON REPEAT, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, United Kingdom
-Ladies Only, Galerie Vallois, Paris, France

-The Space Between, (with Sterling Lawrence), Practice, Chicago, IL
-Classic Beauty, Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI
-Dead Eden, Lyles & King, New York, US
-L’esule e le Grazie, (with Wilhelm von Gloeden), Soyuz Project Space, Pescara, Italy
-Ekstase, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
-Insane in the Membrane, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany

-LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY, Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany
-Akademie, KIT, Düsseldorf, Germany
-A Painter’s Doubt. Painting & Phenomenology, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

public collections

Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Klagenfurt, Austria
STRABAG Artcollection, Vienna, Austria
​​Li Lin Collection, Hangzhou, China
Long Museum, Shanghai, China
Xiao Museum, China
Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburger, Germany
Hildebrand Collection, ​Leipzig, Germany
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Sammlung Kunsthaus NRW, Aachen, Germany
Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany
Fundación Medianoche, Spain
Providence College Galleries, Providence, USA



-Marianne-Defet-Painting-Award, Nürnberg

-Artist in residence, Providence College Galleries, Providence

-Artist in Residence, STRABAG, Vienna

-STRABAG Artaward International 2016, Recognition Award

-Academy Scholarship for Painting, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

-Artist in Residence, Bow Arts Trust, London

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