Tramaine de Senna is contemporary artist who explores various ways of working in sculpture, painting, and drawing using materials such as ceramics, textile, paper and foam. Her forms are analytical and emotive - an exercise in social dissection that inhabits a haunting formalism, heightened by tactility, bouts of scale, and a visceral use of texture and color.
De Senna’s ever-evolving body of work bears witness to the artist’s intense relationship with materials, surfaces, and making, with interests in issues such as the “migration of forms,” pop and material culture, internalized violence, exuberance, and the enduring ambiguous presence - “ghosts” - of histories. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, which includes an artwork for the Flemish Parliament's 25/50th year anniversary; a permanently installed bronze statue "Figure of Color," (an initiative of Kunst in de Stad - Middelheimmuseum) in Antwerp's Munthof Park, BE; and her solo exhibition, "MASTERBLASTER," for the IN SITU program at M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen), BE.
Recent exhibitions include two commissioned works for "An Exhibition of Posters" at the fka Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL, which ran for one year; a solo at Mélange in Cologne, DE (2020); “New Movement,” Boston, US (2019); “CO/LAB 4,” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California, US (2019); “Supernatural,” Pulsar, Antwerp, BE (2019); “Universal Folklore,” Permekemuseum, Jabbeke, BE (2018); “Traumdepot: Plastik/ Kunstoff,” Bern, CH (2017); “Small Works,” Hammerfriar, Healdsburg, California, US (2017); “Sixth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art,” Moscow, RU (2015); and “Tramaine de Senna,” Art Center Hugo Voeten, Herentals, BE (2015).
Tramaine's art belongs in the permanent collections of the Flemish Parliament, the Middelheimmuseum/ Kunst in de Stad (Antwerp, BE); M HKA- Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp/ The Flemish Community; Mu.ZEE - Kunstmuseum aan Zee (Ostend), as well as in several private collections in Berlin, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the US.
De Senna graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley with two simultaneous Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architecture and in Art Practice in 2004. Afterwards for three years, she traveled between California and Germany (Baden-Württemberg), making art while also working as a Junior Architect. In 2009, she lived in Berlin for a six-month artist residency, which was followed in 2010 by a three-month residency in Solothurn, Switzerland. From 2011 to 2014 she lived in the south of Holland while earning her MFA from the Sint Joost Academy for Art and Design (Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving). Following that, from 2014 to 2016 she lived in Ghent while attending the postgraduate residence program at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK: Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten). Since 2017, de Senna has been practicing between Antwerp (Belgium) and California.