Bio & CV

°1963, Lives and works in Sint-Laureins (BE)

In 2008 Karien Deroo quited her daily job after a first successful career in graphic design and illustration to start a new life as a painter. After three years working in silence in her studio, where she took the time to refine and enrich her technique, she had her first exhibition in 2011. She is a self taught artist, inspired by the classical tradition of the old masters. Her style is highly figurative but with a strong contemporary and timeless perspective.

In her paintings Karien Deroo explores the hidden history of the individual.
Although a variety of hidden emotions and deeply buried secrets reveal some typical inner struggle, we can’t detect any explicit external emotion in her characters. The figures seem in a contemplative mood, captured on the canvas. They are snatched out of a context that we can only guess, caught in their own turmoil.
It’s a snapshot where the gaze of the character lingers with the viewer and leaves him or her contemplative as well.
The characters painted by Karien Deroo have different layers, not only in the literal sence of paint but also in the invisible compexity of their feelings.


1983 – 1987: art and graphic design (St. Lucas, Ghent, BE)
1992 – 1997: graphical techniques (SASK, Roeselare, BE)
2008: painting: autodidact




  • 2017 | Insiders’ Memories, Aporia Gallery, Brussel, solo show
  • 2017 | BAD Belgium Art & Design, ICC, Gent
  • 2016 | We’ve been awake for so long, ‘TZIEN, Mechelen, solo show
  • 2015 | Kunst voor Nepal, Veiling Vooruit, Gent
  • 2015 | Kunst in het Godshuis met Karien Deroo/het Godshuis, Sint-Laureins, solo show
  • 2014 | Brushstroke Perceptions, Gallery/Atelier QuARTier A, Aalst, group show
  • 2013 | Barefoot, Gallery NavArt, Sint-Niklaas, solo show
  • 2013 | Die Wunderkammern, Galerie Pinsart, Brugge, group show
  • 2013 | Expo @ ‘de spil’ – cc de spil, Roeselare, overview works 2008-2012
  • 2012 | Canvascollectie – Collection RTBF 2012, selection with the painting ‘Our Father’ , Bozar, Brussels, group show
  • 2012 | 1.000.047ste Verjaardag van de Kunst, Galerie Pinsart, Brugge, group show
  • 2011 | Hanging out in history, Galerie Pinsart, Brugge
  • 2010 | Nationale Prijs voor Schilderkunst Louise Dehem, Ieper (jury: Christine Adam, Pierre Goetinck, Veerle Van Durme), group show


  • 2010 | Prijs voor Grafiek Fonds Hilde Demedts, Deinze (jury: Reniere & Depla, Dirk De Koninck, Michaël Borremans, Jan Dhaese), group show
  • 2009 | Printed: 25 jaar vrije grafiek, SASK, cc De Spil, Galerie Blomme, Roeselare, group show
  • 2008 | Oost Kust Kunst, cc Knokke-Heist, Lagunahal, Duinbergen
  • 2007 | One, solo show with etchings, Tashun, Gent
  • 2002 | Paintings & Drawings, 2 illustrators, cc De Spil, Roeselare
  • 1999 | Selection in the section fiction on ‘La Mostra Illustratori della Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi’, Bologna & Itabashi Art Museum, Tokio
  • 1997 | Het Bibliofiele Boek & Grafiek, Galerie Blomme, Roeselare



  • 2016 | TheArtCouch: De zoektocht naar expressie en abstractie, over het werk van Karien Deroo, recensie Frederic De Meyer
  • 2016 | (H) art: Schilderijen van Karien Deroo in Mechelen: wakker kijken, recensie Eliane Van Den Ende
  • 2015 | Beklijvend met verf, recensie Johan Debruyne
  • 2012 | Catalogus Canvascollectie-Collection RTBF 2012
  • 2012 | Marta Kunstmagazine Lente editie 2
  • 2012 | All rights reserved, Society6-book
  • 2011 | (H) art # 87
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