Carolein Smit was born in 1960 in Amersfoort.  In 1979, she attended the Fine Arts Academy of St-Joost in Breda where she studied graphic design and lithography.  She spent thirteen years as an illustrator for various magazines and journals until a three months residency in 1995 at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch, during which time she fell in love with clay.  Choosing ceramics as her means of expression, Carolein challenges classical standards of what is commonly considered appealing.

Smit’s baroque sculptures revisit certain codifed themes from mythology or religious iconography.  From Medusa to the Mystic Lamb, the artist plays with norms and diffuses the sense of the tragic linked to this imagery.  Her fascination with contrasts illustrates the impermanence of life before the inevitability of death.


2018        ‘Myth and Mortality: the fairy-tale world of Carolein Smit’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, March – October 2018
2018         Grassi Museum, Leipzig
2018         Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, NL
2015        “Lʼamour fou”, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam, NL
2014        “Emanation”, Gallerie Michael Haas, Berlin
2012        “Death and the maiden”, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam, NL, .
2011         Galerie Dukan&Hourdequin, Marseille, France.
2010        “Huid en haar”, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL.
2009       “Tränenrot und Perlentau”, Gallerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany.
2009        “Art Amsterdam”, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam, NL.
2008         Flatland Galerie, Utrecht, NL.
2007         Galerie Jan van Hoof, ʻs-Hertogenbosch, NL.
2005        “Innocenti”, Brutto Gusto, Rotterdam, NL.
2003         Artotek Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
2003         Museum Keramion, Frechen, Germany.