Marco Barbier

Marco Barbier (1976)

Marco started his artist’s career in 1996 in the Opzijde studio, where mastered the silk painting methods. In 2002 he had the opportunity to do an internship period with Atelier Herenplaats and since 2003 he is a permanent member of the artists collective.

Marco’s work is highly stylised. His subjects include human figures, which he draws from a model. As an artist in Rotterdam he is also inspired by the many boats, ships and bridges, which he distils in almost abstract forms. Marco usually works in series. Periods of bridges follow periods of human figures or buildings. Marco’s favourite medium is acryl paint on paper. He uses monochrome surfaces, which he then highlights with thin black lines. Due to the fact that he does not use horizon or ground lines, his subject float in a coloured space. These subjects, made up of simple forms and monochrome surfaces, look naïve.

It is not easy to speak with Marco about his work, seeing as besides his intellectual disability he also has hearing difficulties. However, Marco shows us in his work his fascination with the City of Rotterdam. Through the eyes of Marco we see this metropolis as a small village next to a large river.


2006  Exhibition and auction “De Burcht”, Rotterdam

2006  INUTI, Stockholm, Sweden

2008  Exhibition in Niki Kurabu, Tokyo, Japan

2009  Exhibition Gallery Kempro, “Models”, Sterksel

2010  Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA

2010  Villa Zebra, exhibiton: Architecture, Rotterdam

2010  “Outsider Art Salon”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2011  “Down Here, Down Under”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2011  Aix Les Bains, France

2011  Exhibition Zorgcentrum Crimpenersteyn, Krimpen a/d IJssel

2012  “Geschonden, Getroffen”, Gallery Herenplaats, Rotterdam

2013  La Brut, Rotterdam

2019  Big-I, traveling exhibition in Japan