(Utrecht 03/22/64 -)
BiographyArtist, designer, entrepreneur. Throughout her career spanning over three decades, Caroline Dechamby has used art and history as a source of appropriation through which to develop her own niche, and place of resonance for her audience, within the largely male-dominated canon of painting.
Dechamby’s paintings re-asses masterpieces by household names — among them Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Piet Mondrian, as her own, painting herself (either full-bodied or as silhouette) into the pieces in the act of creation. In doing so, Dechamby symbolically and visually takes back the field from “the boys” reimagining art history in her own vision, and allowing for viewers, especially female viewers, to envision themselves too in the empowered position of creative genius in place of the artist’s painted avatar.
Repeatedly depicting her own figure from behind, Dechamby creates from her likeness both a recognisable autobiographical character, as well as an anonymous silhouette that allows for an immediate recognition and connection by viewers. Even by the very act of appropriating these works does Dechamby echo the trends of art history – her work, in a populist spirit, follows directly in the footsteps of artist like Marcel Duchamp, or more recently Elaine Sturtevant. As a woman, her outright placement of herself as an artist in the same league of famous predecessors she appropriates offers a powerful feminist statement, one that is intended outside the hallowed halls of museums and the institutionalised art world.
Exhibition2021 Solo Exhibition in Saint-Tropez, France - Solo Exhibition in at Carousel Fine Art (Miami location) Exhibited at the Bridgehampton Art & Market Fair - soon to be exhibiting at Context Miami
2020 Exposition at the Art Wynwood Fair in Miami and exposition at the Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Art Fair as well as exhibited in the Long-Sharp New York Project Space.
2019 Exposition at the Cornell Art Museum, Florida | Winter exhibition in Crans-Montana, Switzerland | Summer exhibition of her complete “Art and Luxury” concept in her Luxury Concept Store in Saint-Tropez | Represented by Long-Sharp Gallery at the Seattle Art Fair, August
2018 Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Gstaad, Switzerland| Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Miami, USA | Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium | Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in St-Tropez, France | Exhibition of her Art and luxury concept at the well-known shop G31, Zürich, Switzerland | Exhibition of her complete “Art and Luxury” concept in her Luxury Concept Store in Saint-Tropez
2017 Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Gstaad and Crans-Montana, Switzerland | Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Miami, USA | Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in St-Tropez and Cannes, France | Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium | Exhibition of her Art and luxury concept at the Concept Store Loona Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Exhibition of her Art and luxury concept at the well-known shop G31, Zürich, Switzerland | Fashion Show in Montreux in partnership with Suisse-Maroc LAB
2016 Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Geneva, Gstaad, Verbier and Crans-Montana, Switzerland | Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in St-Tropez, France | Exhibition at the Art Fusion Galleries, Miami, USA | Exhibition at the Robinsons Art Gallery in Knokke-Zoute, Belgium | Exhibition of her Art and luxury concept at the Orianne Collins Concept Store in the Design District, Miami, USA
2015 Exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Verbier, Gstaad and Geneva, Switzerland | “Corner” with her leather goods collections at Victoria Lopez Castro’s shop, Miami, United States | Opening of a “corner” in Brussels, Belgium | Vendôme Luxury of Paris in October | Exhibition during Art Basel Miami, Florida, United States in December
2014 Private event, Courchevel, France | Exhibition of her paintings and leather goods line at L’Inde le Palais, Bologna, Italy | Exhibition of her Art and luxury concept at the Gstaad Palace during the Polo Gold Cup | Exhibition of her paintings and leather goods line at Menus Plaisirs, Gstaad, Switzerland | Exhibition of her paintings and leather goods line at Natan, Brussels, Belgium |Vernissage of the Yes I Can ! collection at her own gallery, Crans-Montana
2013 Private event with Maserati, Reinach, Switzerland | Private event and presentation of her Art and Luxury concept in Palm Beach, USA | Launching of her luxury brand at her own gallery, Crans-Montana
2012 VIP event with a luxury watch brand at her gallery, Crans-Montana | Exhibition at the E’Collezione, Singapore, during which she sold a painting set with 200 carats of precious stones | Vernissage of the Pole Position collection at her own gallery, Crans-Montana
2011 Q Contemporary and Ayyam Gallery, Beirut. Interview for M TV, Massaya TV et Future TV Beirut | Presentation of her Art and Luxury concept during a private event held by a royal family of Saudi Arabia in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. | Red Bull Art of Can, Kuwait | Vernissage of the 2012 collection at her own gallery, Crans-Montana
2010 Vernissage of the Comic strips collection at her own gallery, Crans-Montana | Presentation of Caroline Dechamby’s lamp during the Design Miami fair, Miami, United States
2009 Vernissage of the Graffitis collection at her own gallery, Crans-Montana
2008 Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy, presentation of her Mise en Scène collection and of her bikinis for Parah Milano, Italy | Billionaire, Porto Cervo, Italy. The event was covered by Fashion TV
2007 Vernissage of her Atelier collection at her own gallery, Crans-Montana
2006 Inauguration of her Art gallery, Rue du Prado 1, 3963 Crans-Montana. The gallery was designed by the famous architects of the Atelier Oï with whom Caroline will collaborate, among other things, for the creation of artistic lamps
2005 Galleria Forni, Bologna, Italy
2004 Kunsthaus of Wil, Switzerland | Down Town Gallery, Luxembourg | Entreprise Gallery, Milano, Italy | Exhibition with Allianz Insurances together with Ans Markus in Amsterdam, Holland
2002 Finelot Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2001 Private event, New York, United States
1997 Opening of her first gallery in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
1996 Exhibition for the young chamber of economy, Montreux, Switzerland
1995 Solo show in Saxon, Switzerland
1993 Collective exhibition in Montreux, Switzerland
1990 Collective exhibition Q Art Gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland
Hommage à JMB