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Herma de Wit-Orobio de Castro's artistic works encompass bronze sculptures, objects, drawings, etchings and monotypes, which serve as striking reflections of her profound connection with nature. She gets inspiration during her many travels around the world from which she always takes flora back home.

 

Within the isolated fragments of flora she explores the delicate balance between fragility and strength present in the natural world. In her recent creations, this exploration takes a more abstract form, with rhythm playing a significant role. The isolated fragments undergo a graphical abstraction, transforming into subdued forms that transcend ordinary perception.

De Wit-Orobio de Castro fearlessly challenges artistic boundaries. In both her monotypes and bronze sculptures, strength and fragility are played off against each other. The vulnerable thin Japanese paper is in perfect balance with the fragments of fossil flora, imprinted onto the paper with considerable compressive force. The bronze sculptures incorporate fitted pieces of fossilized flora, wherein the unyielding, rock-hard bronze serves as a bearer for these delicate fossils, maintaining a flawless equilibrium in the tension they evoke.

De Wit-Orobio de Castro studied fashion design, both at a technical school and at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam and started her artistic career working as a fashion designer in Paris, Milan and Antwerp before heading her own high-end label from Amsterdam. Since 1999 she focusses solely on her profession as a fine artist. She works alternately in her studios in the Betuwe and in Amsterdam.

 

The artist has had three books of her work published; ‘Herma de Wit-Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings’ (2019), 'FORCE OF NATURE’ (2021) and ‘Essence of Nature’ (2023).

Her recent monotypes and bronze sculptures have been acquired in private collections in the USA.

Publications of work in: 

De grote NL23 kunstkalender (2023), California Home+Design (Spring 2022), GARDE Dallas (2021), Parool (1 September 2021), Vogue Living Nederland (Jan/Feb 2020), ELLE Decoration Q&A (2015)

Herma de Wit is represented by the

following galleries:

GARDEshop, Dallas / NY, USA

Galerie Philia, 1stDibs, USA

Habachy Designs, Atlanta, USA

STUDIO23 Ghent, BE

 
 
 
 
 
Selected biography list
 

2024

 

 

 

2023

2022

2021

 

 

2019

2018

2018

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2009

1989–1995

1984–1989

1979–1983

Solo exhibition at STUDIO23.​ 22 March–28 April 2024, Ghent, BE.
In Dialogue at decancq vercruysse architects. 29 February–1 March 2024, Kortrijk, BE.
Naarden The Art Fair 2024, ARTFAUVE. 25–28 Jan 2024, Naarden, NL.

Art Lunch & talk by Yvon Yzermans, 28 Jan 2024, Studio Hemmen, NL

Art Dialogue by Yvon Yzermans, 3 Dec 2023, Studio Hemmen, NL

Art Lunch & talk by Yvon Yzermans, 1 Oct 2023, Studio Hemmen, NL

Participant Kunst10Daagse Bergen 2023 at Zincexposities, Bergen, NL

KunstRAI, KYAS ART SALON. 3–7 May 2023. Amsterdam, NL

Release book: Herma de Wit, ‘Essence of Nature’. Spring 2023. Amsterdam, NL

Solo exhibition monotypes and sculptures, KYAS ART SALON. Amsterdam, NL

Launch Origin at Beeldentuin Ravesteyn. May 2022. Heenvliet, NL

Book ‘FORCE OF NATURE’ winner of AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2021, Cover and Book winner. New York City, USA

PAN Amsterdam, Bruijstens Modern Art. Amsterdam, NL

Exhibition monotypes, lecture Origin, StadsSalon. Amsterdam, NL

Represented by: GARDEshop. Dallas, Habachy, Atlanta, USA

Release book: Herma de Wit, ’FORCE OF NATURE. Spring 2021 Amsterdam, NL

Herma de Wit,‘FORCE OF NATURE’ has been added to the Rijksmuseum library, Amsterdam, NL

Pan Amsterdam, Bruijstens Modern Art. Amsterdam, NL

Book launch ‘Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro Sculptures and Drawings’ at architect Vincent Van Duysen. Antwerp, BE

Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings has been added to the Benesse House library. Naoshima, JP

Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings has been added to the Rijksmuseum library, Amsterdam, NL

Solo show ‘STILL’, sculptures and drawings at Unfold. Amsterdam, NL

Etching course Amsterdam 

Sculptures at Graanmarkt 13. Antwerp, BE

Participation Open Garden Days, canal Houses. Amsterdam, NL

Participation ART ZUID, International Sculpture Route. Amsterdam NL

Participation ‘Kunst in Duin’ Landgoed en Kasteel Keukenhof. Lisse, NL

Exhibition ‘ART MEETS DESIGN’, DIS STUDIO. Amsterdam, NL

Participation Kunst in Duin. Noordwijk, NL

Participation Kunst in Duin. Noordwijk, NL

Exhibition Buitenplaats Wester - Amstel. Amstelveen, NL

Own label; ‘HERMA DE WIT’, couture tailor-made woman, Studio Amsterdam, NL

Freelance fashion designer in Paris, Milan and Antwerp

Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, NL

 
 
 
 
 
 
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