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Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro’s works, her bronze sculptures and objects, drawings, etchings and monotypes, are silent witnesses to her deep personal connection with nature. Her intense studies of mainly isolated fragments of flora reveal the emotional labor of marvel and interpretation that is involved in the poetic hint of abstraction the artist reaches for. A visual poetry that speaks of a mysterious balance between power and fragility, between the eternal and the ephemeral.

 

Herma’s subjects - a branche, a leaf and stem, a cluster of flowers and buds or just a seed – are the precious souvenirs of a well-traveled life, a collection that keeps expanding and provides the artist with a lavish source for wonder. Her steadily growing and ever evolving body of work, ranging from man-high enlargements to life size and more intimately scaled representations in either 2D or 3D, is testament to the artist’s obsession. Shrouded in the stillness that she seeks to transmit via her art, is a portraiture of human emotions best understood in the absence of language.

 

Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro studied fashion design, both at a technical school and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and started her artistic career working as a fashion designer in Paris, Milan and Antwerpen before heading her own high-end label from Amsterdam. Since 1999 she focusses solely on her vocation as a fine artist. Largely self-taught in the techniques she applies, Herma works closely together with workshops and craftsmen like welders and bronze casters to master her skills and realize her artistic visions.

 

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

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2024  Solo exhibition at STUDIO23. May 2024, Gent, BE

2022  Solo exhibition monotypes and sculptures at KYAS ART SALON.

            24 Sep— 22 Oct 2022, Amsterdam, NL

2022  Launch Origin at Beeldentuin Ravesteyn. May 2022 — Jun 2023,

             Heenvliet NL,

2022  Book ‘Force of Nature’ exhibited in an exhibition featuring the winners of the

             AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2021 and this years Most Beautiful Swiss                   Books. Sep 2022, The Vermont College of Fine Arts , Montpelier, USA

2022  AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2021, Cover and Book winner. Jun 2022,                  New York City, USA

2022  Represented by: Garde DALLAS, Habachy Designs, Atlanta, Galerie Philia,

            New York City, USA

2022  Group exhibition Beeldentuin Ravesteyn. 20 May — 12 Jun, Heenvliet, NL

2021   PAN Amsterdam, Bruijstens Modern Art 13-21 Nov, 2021

2021   Participant Masterly The Hague 21-24 Oct, The Hague

2021   Exhibition monotypes, lecture, artist dinner 3-5 Sept, StadsSalon,

             Amsterdam

2021   Sculptures at Habachy, Atlanta, USA

2021   Sculptures at GARDE, LA - Dallas, USA

2021   Book Force of Nature, distributor: IDEA Books

2020  Kunsthandel P. de Boer June 17 - July 10, Herengracht 512, Amsterdam

2019   Sculptures at Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp

2019   PAN Amsterdam Art, Antique and Design Fair

            Bruijstens Modern Art Nov 24- Dec 1, 2019

2019   Buddha belly donated to the Daan Theeuwes Centre for Intensive

             Neurorehabilitation, Woerden Oct. 18, 2019

2019   Participant Masterly The Hague, The Hague

2019   Book Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings has been              added to the Rijks Museum library, Amsterdam

2019   Solo show 'STILL' and book launch Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro,        

            Sculptures and Drawings  June 20-23 , UNFOLD Prinsengracht 715,

            Amsterdam

2019  Book Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings has been              added to the Benesse house library, Naoshima Japan. April, 2019

2019  Book launch Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings

            31st of January, Antwerp at architect Vincent Van Duysen

2018   Garden sculpture exposed at The Building, Amsterdam

2018   Sculptures at Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp

2017   Exhibit Rijksstudioaward 2017, Amsterdam  ‘Bunch of asparagus’

            Still Life Adriaen Coorte 1697

2016   Summer garden exhibition John Halvemaan Buitenveldert, Amsterdam

2015   Participation Open Garden Days Amsterdam 19th, 20th
            and 21st of June 2015

2015   Participation ARTZUID International Sculpture Route, Amsterdam

2015   ELLE DECORATION article Q&A Herma de Wit
2014   Participation ‘Kunst in duin’ Landgoed & Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse

2014   Exhibition ‘SCULPTURES and LIGHTOBJECT’. Private garden,       

            Amsterdam

2013   Various works presented at the house of More Than Classic
            Woonbeurs Rai, Amsterdam

2013   Summer Garden exhibition FLOWER sculptures. Private garden,

             Amsterdam

2013   Exhibition ‘ART MEETS DESIGN’ DIS STUDIO, Amsterdam

2012   Participation ‘Kunst in duin’, Noordwijk.

2012   Exhibition DJ DE BOER HUISARTS  Amsterdam

2011    Participate in Charity Event Ninos de Guatamala at FIFTEEN, Amsterdam

2011    Participation ‘Kunst in duin’ Noordwijk

2010   AMEUBLEMENT - DECORATION, peintures - sculptures, Arnold

             Otten, Lage Mierde, The Netherlands

2009  Exhibition Buitenplaats Wester - Amstel, Amstelveen

2008  Exhibition at private studio, Amsterdam

2007   Exhibition at Juul van den Heuvel, Frans Halsstraat, Amsterdam

2002 - 2006 Drawing / painting lessons at Sierd Dallinga - Juul van den Heuvel,

                           Amsterdam

1997- 2002    Ceramic lessons at Marjan de Voogd, Amsterdam 

1997     Designer Just B. knit collection, Amsterdam

1995 - 1996    Designer Scapa of Scotland, Anvers, Belgium

1989 – 1995   Own label; ‘HERMA DE WIT’, couture tailor-made women Studio

                          Amsterdam

1984 – 1989   Freelance designer for i.a. Trussardi, Milan - F&M Girbaud, Paris

1984 – 1986   Teacher at Vogue Fashion Academy, Amsterdam

1979 – 1983    Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Fashion department

1977 – 1978     Fashion academy 'de Schans', Amsterdam

1976 – 1977    Technical school for mode en kleding, Utrecht