Luis Xertu

collage - schilderen

Xertu moved to Netherlands in 2004. After he graduated from the Rietveld Academy he developed his painterly visual language working within the performing arts, where he has worked both as a designer and created works that experimented with the medium of theater and dance. His scenic artworks have been shown in the Dutch pavilion of the Venice Biënnale and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. In his pictorial work, Xertu combines the analogue and the digital; photographing models, painting them, using Photoshop to decide the composition of the surrounding nature, and meticulously gluing plants directly onto the canvas to create large scale paintings with stark compositions. Drawing from mythological references, he explores themes of time and aging incorporating the decay of real plants as elements of transformation, which can take several years to happen. He has been nominated for the Royal Award for Modern Painting 2019, and was awarded the Audience Prize.


Well-Fed Dogs Out on a Hunt - Shown at Art Rotterdam 2021.
​Renditions of Impermanence - Exhibition at TORCH Gallery Amsterdam, 2020. curated by Valentijn van der Hulst.
​Renditions of Impermanence - Exhibition at TORCH Gallery Amsterdam, 2020. curated by Valentijn van der Hulst.
​Young Kronos, 2019. - Plants, acrylic on canvas. 200 x 240 cm​
​The Three Fates, 2019. - Plants, acrylic on canvas. 200 x 250 cm​
The Voyeur, 2019. - Plants, acrylic on canvas. 200 x 252 cm​
God’s First Creature, 2016. - Plants, acrylic on canvas. 200 x 200 cm​
Birds of Ash, 2018. - Plants, acrylic on canvas. 200 x 250 cm​
The Number Thirteen, 2019. - Plants, acrylic on canvas. 200 x 100 cm​