contact:
abnerpreis@gmail.com

Gallery Representation:
Belguim
Harlan Levey Projects:
www.hl-projects.com









My name is Abner Preis, I was born in 1975 and live and work in Amsterdam since 2005. I graduated from Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy, in 2002 and I received my MFA from the Dutch Art Institute in 2014.
I am a storyteller and I work in multiple media, from drawing to performance, installation, video and photography. The main focus of my stories lay on popular culture and our societies ever changing morality, rules and regulations. I feel that these subjects mirror our society and hold answers to a lot of questions. What is it that we are striving for? What makes us happy? What makes us live our life the way we do? I have written stories about “Stripe the Cat and Spot the Dog” who become best friends by following their masters example, I have written a story about a man who tries to touch the sun, but changes his mind and tries to save the world, I have also written stories about a girl who is extremely shy, and a boy who has an extremely large penis and their great successes , and even a story about how ketchup and French fries helped Zack the mechanic and Zoe the waitress fall in love. To me, a simple story can be a tool to talk about social issues and to develop a dialoge from the “bottom up” through visual and performance art.
There is always is a narrative layer to my creations that allows easy entrance to anyone willing to get involved with the work. I use simple language, both visually and spoken. I try to make language a basic tool that can be easily understood regardless of someone background, and I believe that the reception of the story should ignite a sense of question and hopefully and new observation.
I try to approach an idea from different angles until I find the technique that suits it best. Often this is a combination of media. A video can help to set the atmosphere for an installation, an action can support a drawing and an idea can make a performance.
It is important to me to touch the spectator beyond an admiration of skill, but to provide a new attitude, an image that stays in their head and needs to be dealt with.
One of my favorite artist and inspirations Alejandro Jodorowsky said:
“I want to show the world that it is possible. It's possible to remember your self. To open your mind. To open your heart. To open your creativity. To live with less, but to live well.”
This quote is hanging in my studio and is a constant reference I use to remember the responsibilities I feel as an artist and as a member of society. Many times I work with people who I consider outside of the main stream, I find great inspiration with visiting old people in their retirement homes, hanging out with people with disabilities, and reaching out to the “invisible” and “average” man and woman on the streets. Having made large performances through open calls, I have learned that the potential of a person is infinitely possible, and experiencing the discovery of this potential is a very important part of my work. I love to see what others offer to my stories and I hope that I was able to give them as much.

Abner Preis
Born in Hadera (IL) 1975
Lives and works in Amsterdam (NL)

Education
Master of Fine Arts: Dutch Art Institute. 2012-2013 Arnhem, The Netherlands.
BFA Tyler School of Fine Arts -Painting Art History. 2001 Philadelphia, US.
Temple University. 2000 Rome, Italy
Prescott College School of Environmental Science. 1995-1997
Independent study Mexican Murals and Masks. 1997 Silver Route, Mexico.
Marine Ecology and Environmental studies. 1996 South Water Key, Belize City, Belize.

Artist Residency
A.I.R. Institute of contemporary art, Warsaw 2017
Museum Quartier Vienna 2012
Moddr Institute for Media, Berlin 2011
Kunsthuis Syb, Beetsterzwaag 2009
Kunst and Complex Rotterdam Netherlands 2008
Foundation B.A.D. Rotterdam Netherlands 2008
Het Kattenback Amsterdam Netherlands 2006

Awards/Nominations
Prix De Rome (LongListed) 2015
Featured artist, Art Rotterdam 2012
Illy Prize for young Art 2012
Solo Presentation Art Basel/Scope Miami 2010

Art Collective
Dogs of Shame
Dogs of Sky

exhibitions (selection)

2017
The Mask Maker and The Tree, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL(solo)
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
KunstVerein, Dortmund, DE
Performance Art Event, Amsterdam, NL
Oude Kerk Performance Marinus Boezems, Amsterdam, NL


2016
The Circus, All Together Now, Rotterdam, NL (solo)
Eat Shit Smile, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE (solo)
Bosè Clowns Re Loaded, Kunst Pliese Erlegen, DE
The Big Draw, Tetem, Enschede, NL
Making Product, All Together Now, Rotterdam, NL

2015
Arcadia, folklore, nature and neighbors, Diepenheim, NL
Voyager, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL (solo)
Do It, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
Jelly Fish Hate Life on Earth, Gallery Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL (solo)
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL (solo presentation)

2014
Using The Museum, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL
The Crazy Clowns, HMKV Dortmund, DE
Born Again, KunstRuim Tetem, Enschede, NL (solo)
The Incredible travel experience, CBK Drenthe, Assen, NL
Kunst4Kids, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
The Super Hero Project, Santiniketan, West Bengal, IN

2013
Born Again, KunstRuim Tetem, Enschede, NL (solo)
The Plague Doctors Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE. (solo)
Heavy Merry Finland Titanic Gallery, Turku, FI.


2012
The Accidental Champion Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. (solo)
Running with Rocky Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE.
K.O. anti-sportsbar 2, Enschede, NL.
The Heavy Meddle Generator Museum Twentse Welle, Enschede, NL
Bear Man and Alice Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL. (solo)
The Kids Are All Right 2012 Kunsthal Rotterdam
Sweatboxing II Galleria Leto, Warsaw, PL.
Super Hero Project 2011-2012


2011
The Adventures of the Great Abnerio Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL. (solo)
Solo as part of the Twente Biennial Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede, NL.
To All Tomorrow’s Parties TENT, Rotterdam, NL.
Den Bosch Film Festival CBK Den Bosch, Den Bosch, NL.
Pièce de Resistance Mediamatic Lab, Amsterdam, NL.
Pièce de Resistance Mediamatic Lab, Amsterdam, NL.
Light Show II Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Movie Premier: The Great Abnerio’s Circus IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, NL. (solo)



2010
Brothers in Arms World of Witte de With Festival, Rotterdam, NL.
The Struggles of a Superhero: An Introvert and a Rising Star Zaal 5 Filmhuis, Den Haag
The Rappical Moddr Institute for Media, Berlin & Amsterdam, DE & NL.
Worm, Rotterdam, NL.
Don't Worry Be Happy Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL.
SCHWARZWALD Heavy Metal III Noordkaap, Dordrecht, NL.


2009
Warriors, Loners and Space Travelers (duo) Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Happy Ever After Galerie Brot Und Spiele, Berlin, DE.
The Love Tour Urban Affairs, Berlin, DE.
Urban Explorers Festival Dordrecht, NL.
RAiR #1 Rotterdam Artists In Residence, NL.
Monkeys On the Water Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL.
Big Geezers Show Scione Installation Space, Los Angeles, US.
No New Enemies Museum Botanique, Brussels, BE.
FuocoFiera Di Milano, spazio Breda 40, Milan, IT.
The New Dutch School Artworks Gallery, Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US.

2008
The Smoke Show
Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia US.
Art Therapy Tour Wolf and Pack Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Some of Our Heroes Play Sports Prostor Gallery, Zagreb, HR.
America Liberates the Netherlands Cutting Cultures Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
The Garbage-Tzar B.A.D. Project space, Rotterdam, NL.


Art Fairs
Dallas Art
Art Brussels
Art Amsterdam
Scope Basil
Scope Miami(solo)
Art Amsterdam
Kunstvlaai/Art Pie
Art Rotterdam(solo)



Performances
Museum Twentse Welle Enschede, NL.
Worm Rotterdam, NL.
Museum Quartier Vienna Vienna, AT.
Filmhuis Den Haag Den Haag, NL.
Gabriel Rolt Gallery Amsterdam, NL.
Infraction Performance FestivalSete, FA.
Grace Exhibition Space New York, US.
Dordrechts Museum Dordrecht, NL.
Good Children Gallery New Orleans, US.
Museum Schunck*Heerlen, NL.
W139 Amsterdam, NL. MU Eindhoven, NL.
Ro Theater Rotterdam, NL.
21 Rozendaal Enschede, NL.
NP3 Groningen, NL
“The More Crisis the More Performance” festival Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL
The Super Hero project Modo Brussels, Brussels, BE.
Human Cities Festival Istanbul, TR.
Scope Miami Miami, USA.
Gemeentemuseum/GEM, Den Haag, NL.
FAU Jupiter Library Gallery Florida, US.
Photo Gallery Rotterdam Rotterdam, NL.
“Comma” Festival Perugia, IT.
A Star Is Born Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE.
Solar Festival Roermond, NL
Juicy Beats Festival Drochden, DE.
Who Stole The Tarts CBK TENT, Rotterdam, NL.
Kom Ja Ook 5 Het Compagnietheater, Amsterdam, NL
Art Rotterdam Rotterdam, NL.
Paradise Row Gallery London, UK.
Walhalla Theater Rotterdam, NL.
Hotel Dominican Brussels, BE.
Mr. Ego Brussels, BE.
Showroom MAMA Rotterdam, NL.
Mediamatic Amsterdam Netherlands
Warriors, Loners and Space Travelers Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Happy Ever After Galerie Brot, Undspiele, Berlin, DE.
The Love Tour Urban Affairs, Berlin, DE.
Urban Explorers Festival Dordrecht, NL.
Bear Man and Alice Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL.
Art Amsterdam Amsterdam, NL.
RAiR #1 Witte de With: Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL.
Art Rotterdam Rotterdam, NL.
The Honor Dance Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Painting Wars The Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL.
Love Tour Urban Affairs, Berlin, DE.
These Are the Shoes my Daddy Was Wearing When
He Touched My BirdiePicto Plasma, Berlin, DE.
Tattoo's Are Gay No New Enemies, Brussels, BE.
Hiding Hidi MeBike Festival at Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL.
James Brown Tribute, Johnny Cash Tribute, Motown Tribute
Sugar Factory, Amsterdam, NL. A song From Venice Beach
Club Attent, Rotterdam, NL. Pete the Pig and Charley the Clown
Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL.
Words Live 2 De Player, Rotterdam, NL.
Charlie the Clown Scione Installation space, Los Angeles, US.
Shirly TempletonParadiso, Amsterdam, NL.
The Bully De Kring, Amsterdam, NL.
Prix De Nuix Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL.
Letters From The Front
Foundation B.A.D., Rotterdam, NL.Plastic The White Hotel, Brussels, BE.
Boxing Series, Accidental Monday Sugar Factory, Amsterdam, NL.
Big Geezers ShowScione Installation Space, Los Angeles, US.
Museum Botanique Brussels, BE.
Fuoco Fiera Di Milano, Milan, IT.
The New Dutch School Artworks Gallery, Museum of Art, Philadelphia US.
The Smoke Show Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia US.
Art Therapy Tour Wolf and Pack Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Some of Our Heroes Play Sports Prostor Gallery, Zagreb, HR.
America Liberates the Netherlands Cutting Cultures Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
The Garbage-Tzar B.A.D. Project Space, Rotterdam, NL.



Articles in Magazines and on the web
NRC Handelsblad
Deze circusshow is gul
The Daily Tiger
The Great Abnerios Circus Kunstbeeld
Critics Choice IHArt,
Review of the Great Abnerio Kunstbeeld
SYB Metropois M
Urban Explorer Festival Kunstbeeld
Art Rotterdam Shift Magazine
American Story Teller
ArtForum Holland Tunnel
ModArt MagazineThe Great Abnerio
Time Out Amsterdam Blame It on Abner
I love Fake Magazine Abner Preis
Metropolis M Gallery 182
Juxtapose Magazine Big Geezers 1




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