Brouwn, Hortence

Brouwn, Hortence


Sculptress Hortence Brouwn was born in Surinam and has been living and working in Curaçao since 1973.

Women and music are her special source of inspiration. She listens to classical music while working in her studio and music is always part of the opening act for her solo exhibitions. For Hortence women have always been strong, but in modern times have the possibility to  play an even more visible role in society. She expresses her pride in womanhood in many of her sculptures.


Hortence Brouwn
“Since 1996, I have been working fulltime as a sculptor. I am self-taught, but did attend several workshops. The ones in New York and Italy really helped me develop my skills further.
Over the years I have had several exhibitions, mainly in The Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, two of which I would like to point out to you: With warmth and enthusiasm I look back on the exhibition I had in 2004, in the garden of Hotel Karel V, in Utrecht. The other exhibition that I fondly remember was in the year 2005 at ‘Kas di Alma Blou’ in Curaçao, together with glass artist Melvin Anderson from The Netherlands.
With pride I can say that various articles were written about me and my work. I would especially like to mention that an article about me appeared in an in-flight magazine from a Jamaican Airline. A glossy magazine from Trinidad also wrote about me, which generated several commissions from Trinidad.”

“Music is very important to me. I always listen to music while working in my studio, especially classical music. Moreover, music always plays  a special role at the opening of my exhibitions, and is therefore connected to my work.

Another source of inspiration for me are women. I feel that women have always been strong but have the possibilities today to play an even more important role in our society. I am very proud to be a woman and this shows in my sculptures. I have grown in my work and am independent. In the past I would ask someone do drill a hole or help me in some other way… but nowadays I am proud to say that I do everything myself.”


  • 2001: Pietra Santa, Italy.
  • 1998: Pietra Santa, Italy.
  • 1994: 10 Months working experience in Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Pietra Santa Italy.
  • 1987: Workshop art student league New York, by Anthony Padovano & Barny Rodes.
  • 1973- 1976: Sculpting lessons by Dries Kreykamp. Willemstad, Curaçao.
  • 1963- 1973: Several sculpting workshops in The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Haarlem).
  • 1960- 1963: Art academy in Surinam.

2012: Text by Josée Thissen-Rojer.



Click here to visit the website of Hortence Brouwn

On May 18, 2013, Hortence Brouwn held an Open House in her outdoor studio at Landhuis Bloemhof. Click here for images of her art.

One of her 'Big Mama's' is located in Pietermaai, click here to see images of the sculpture.

Click here to see a video of Hortence Brouwn in her studio by 'Meesterkunst'.


Click below to see the video 'Island Reflections' (2011) and a video of 2007


Solo exhibitions

  • 2011  Achterveld, The Netherlands,
  • 2009 Feelings, Plaza Resort Bonaire, Bonaire.
  • 2007 Koppen en Gevoelens, Gallery Alma Blou. Landhuis Habaai, Curaçao.
  • 2002 Kas di Alma Blou, Curaçao
  • 1999 Kas di Alma Blou, Curaçao
  • 1996-1997 Bond van Nederlandse Architecten. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1995 Gallery'86, Curaçao
  • 1986 Bonaire Beach Hotel, Bonaire.
  • 1984-1985 Maduro & Curiel's Bank N.V., Curaçao
  • 1984 The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao

Group exhibitions

  • 2013 Orange Fringes, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.
  • 2012 A Breast or Two, Mon Art Gallery at The Rif Fort. Curaçao.
  • 2011 Island Reflections, Michigan, USA
  • 2011 Harmony, together with Surinam artist Sri Iridikromo. Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao
  • 2010 Antepasado di Futuro, The Curaçaosch Museum, Curaçao
  • 2005 Vormen in brons, steen en glas, Kas di Alma Blou, Curaçao
  • 2004 Hotel Restaurant Karel V. Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2003 Gallery Pauw. Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
  • 2002 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 2001 DZD Art. Roermond, The Netherlands
  • 2001 Holland Art Fair. The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 2000 Galerie Rudolf. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1999 Arte '99. Identidat...ayera awe i mañan. Curaçao
  • 1998 Gallery Jacobs. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1998 Cultuur Historisch Museum. Exloo, The Netherlands
  • 1998 Museum Surinam. Paramaribo, Surinam
  • 1997 Gallery'86, Curaçao
  • 1995 Artihove. Bergsche Hoek, The Netherlands
  • 1994 Gallerie Erik. Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 1993 The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao
  • 1992 Gallery Mercedes. Voorschoten, The Netherlands
  • 1992 Un Brasa ku Koló. Heemstede, The Netherlands
  • 1991 Gala di Arte. ITC, Curaçao
  • 1990 Gallery '86, Curaçao
  • 1989 Sea Aquarium, Curaçao
  • 1989 Scharlooweg 76, with Gallery '86. Curaçao
  • 1989 Gallerie Orangerie, Curaçao
  • 1989 Bida i Koló, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands
  • 1985 Avila Beach Hotel, Curaçao
  • 1981 De Tempel, Curaçao
  • 1978 Cultureel Centrum Curaçao


Nagtegaal-Reedijk, Marijke (1988). BIDA i koló. Beeldende kunst uit de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba. The Netherlands: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. p. 14.

Rooy, Felix de & Smit, Jennifer (2012), Curaçao Classics, Visual Arts 1900-2010. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers, p. 82, 83.

Wilczak, Susan  (2011). Island Reflections. The Contemporary Art of Curaçao. Michigan, USA: De Pree Art Center and Gallery. p. 17-19.