Daan Gielis Belgian, b. 1988


Daan Gielis’ (°1988) work explores the conflicts and contradictions in the emotional, communicative and social systems that together make up the world as we know it: happiness and sadness coinciding, a frustration of desire that only triggers new desire, an underground culture that stays authentic while selling out… Each of these systems is riddled by contradiction. And yet, precisely because of those internal contradictions these systems thrive, contrasting feelings feed off of each other, setting in motion a never-ending cyclical process from which no escape seems possible. No wonder then that so many of us are emotionally conflicted about present reality, struggling to find consistency. 


Gielis’ work often concentrates on what might be one of the most defining and influential systems: the human body. His artistic practice has, for one, been marked by the body’s resilience and more precisely by the question: how much can a body endure? Turning a personal experience around and looking outwards happened by means of exploring the paradox of embodiment and transience in digital society. Mama, je hoeft niet te huilen (2019) for example references both the artist’s mother - a professional floral arranger - as well as the generic emoji of a wilted rose. An easily accessible pictorial sign system, emoji have grafted themselves upon our everyday written communication. In fact, they have become an ubiquitous and inextricable part of our online conversations. And yet they tend to be incredibly vacuous, even gratuite. Like so, it embodies the paradox our social lives are caught up in: expressing a deeply personal story in an unforgivingly generic language.


'Paradise II BMW' Palm Tree Light Sculpture, 2019
Art Fairs

Daan Gielis (1988) b. Beringen, Belgium



Tu est Métamorphose III - Galerie Pact, Paris

CAN Ibiza 2022 - Booth A3, Presented by Everyday Gallery

Infinite Flowers, part 4 - Plus-One Gallery, Antwerp

Art Brussels 2022 - Booth E.16, Presented by Everyday Gallery

Le Dernier Combat - Kunstruimte, Willem Twee



Triënnale van Brugge - Brugge

Horst Festival - Brussels

Group show - Sint Niklaas

De wereld is zo ontrouw - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (Solo show)



Time is on our side - Tongeren

Duoshow - CCINQ, Brussels

L'heure Blue - Plus One, Antwerp

Limbo - Everyday gallery, Antwerp

Ballroom - Online initiative by BORG vzw

Wunderwall - Sofie van de Velde & Plus One, Antwerp

Box - Online exhibition initiated by Kris van Dessel

Art Rotterdam - Everyday gallery/ MPV gallery, Rotterdam

Dew of the Sea - Alfstad & Editions, Sarasota, Florida



Sofreh - No Man's Art gallery, Amsterdam

A phase like home - Singular Art, Amsterdam

Just Looking for attention - CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt

You won't get what you want - de Garage, Mechelen (Solo show)

Hanging Hammers - de Gruyter Fabriek, s' Hertogenbosch

Growlers, Cracklers & Bursters - CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt

In Real Life - Everyday gallery, Antwerp

Mama, je hoeft niet te huilen - Pulsar, Antwerp (Solo show)



The gathering - Panthera.today, Brussels

Scene Unseen - Castle Oud-Rekem, Rekem

Open Studios - Antwerp

Breach - Extra City, Antwerp

Donnerwetterday - Luxor, Arnhem



Places of ruin, Nest - The Hague

Artbeat, collaboration with Koen van den Broek during Festival van Vlaanderen, Gent

Talk to me in your language - Bernaerts, Antwerp

Why Patterns? - Vleeshal, Middelburg

Open Studios - Van Eyck, Maastricht

So Far, So Real - Van Eyck, Maastricht



Pakstad Limburg Prijs - Heerlen

Mad Power, de warande - Turnhout

Private room 2.0 - Gent

Dopplereffect - Voorkamer, Lier

Ten dans - CC Maasmechelen

Unfair Amsterdam - Amsterdam

Antwerp Art Weekend - Hole of the Fox, Antwerp



Unterseeboot über Malermeister - CC Mechelen, Mechelen 

No Blossom, No Moonlight - ExtraCity, Antwerp

WGDD, W139, Amsterdam

A cozy mystery with bite - Greylight projects, Brussels

TRASH - Hasselt

Art traces across the western front - Ieper

It could be the goldfish is mistaking the bowtie for a football - Boetzelaer-Nispen, Amsterdam

Antwerp Art weekend - Group show, Antwerp



Citadel'Arte (w MUHKA) - Diest

Auction MDD, Museum Dhont Daenens - Deurle

(MDD) Night Shop - Group show, Knokke

UnfairAmsterdam 2014 - Amsterdam

Kunstvlaai with Apice for Artists - Amsterdam

Interpunction #7 - Tatjana Pieters gallery, Ghent



Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams - Marres, Maastricht

First we take the Hague, then we take Berlin - Belgian Consulate the Hague (Z33), the Hague

Young Masters - Het glazen huis, Lommel

Art Attack - Hasselt

NOT for sale - ArtandAdvice, Hasselt

Open studio - Bonnefanten atelier, Hasselt

The static also is electric - deSERVICEGARAGE, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Friends & Neighbors - atelier Koen van den Broek, Merksem

Toutestfini - Hasselt



Young Guns - Hajke Müsstege gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch
Kunstvlaai - Oud Lyceum, Amsterdam
Groupshow - Arti Capelli gallery, s' Hertogenbosch

Reconverse # 3 - Casino, Beringen
No Movement - CC Muze, Heusden-Zolder
The other, first year final show - s' Hertogenbosch
Bienvenue, Manifesta Parallel - Genk
Leaving for a Living, Manifesta Parallel - Genk
Open Studio - Sint Joost, s' Hertogenbosch


Face/Off, Sint Joost - s' Hertogenbosch
In Out, In Out - Vanbuel home, Brussels
New Times, New Heroes, design fair - Ventura Lambrate, Milan
Morning Glory - Tzarart gallery, Antwerp
I think you're beautiful, beautiful - CC Hasselt, Hasselt


XXI - into dada - Arteventuno gallery, Hasselt
Fris VIII - Jan Colle gallery, Gent
PIHNDY - CIAP, Hasselt
5th International Student Triennial - Marmara University, Istanbul
Interventie - Emile van Doren museum, Genk
Wunderkammer - Arteventuno Gallery, Genk
Center of Mass - Lokaal01, Antwerp



DANNY DONDER - Z33, Hasselt
Bachelorexpo 2009 - PHL, Hasselt
White Boxes - Arteventuno gallery, Genk
Traject H, Hasselt
De keuze van Koen van den Broek - Indian Caps gallery, Antwerp



Kunst in het moederhuis - Hasselt





Jan van Eyck academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands



HBO Master Autonomous Fine Arts, Sint-Joost, 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands


Master in Fine Arts, Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg, Hasselt, Belgium



Bachelor in Fine Arts, Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg, Hasselt, Belgium