Although the paintings of Evi Vingerling (born 1979, the Netherlands) seem devoid of figuration, they actually refer to our reality itself. According to Vingerling, the world manifests itself continuously as a beautiful chaotic mix in constant flux. By unravelling what she sees, stripping the context and painting it as it is, she discloses the hidden beauty of the ordinary. The phenomena she chooses to paint can be anything that catches her attention, from a plant to mountain ridges. Vingerling is interested in the underlying structures and patterns, shapes, textures and forms that catch her eye. Her artistic process consists of making sketches and photographs to thoroughly study the image and ridding it of its symbolic and historical meaning, before the painting eventually emerges in a seemingly effortless and pure result. Vingerling works with gouache or acrylic on canvas, with minimal brushstrokes or gestures.
Evi Vingerling graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague in 2002. Between 2005 and 2007 she was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and in 2011 she was invited for a residency in Wiels, Brussels, where she had an exhibition in 2013.
In 2012 she received the prestigious Dutch Royal Prize for Painting.
Her work is widely represented in the most important Dutch museum collections (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Boijmans van Beuningen, Bonnefantenmuseum, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Voorlinden, Van Abbemuseum) and corporate collections (ING, Rabobank, De Nederlandsche Bank, Ahold, Akzo Nobel).