Artist Abroad

Urban Mixed Media Art by Denise Buisman Pilger

Artist Abroad Denise Buisman Pilger

ARTIST BIO

Although currently based in Montréal, visual artist Denise Buisman Pilger is a frequent globetrotter, taking each relocation as an opportunity to explore the world, gathering inspiration for her urban mixed media paintings along the way. Exhibiting and selling her work prolifically in North America and Europe over the past several years, Denise has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, and at Ward-Nasse Gallery in Soho, New York City.


Her creative practice spans more than decade, beginning with several years as a professional graphic designer and art director for print media, both in Europe and North America.  This sensibility is reflected in her current body of work both aesthetically and technically.  From her home-based studio, she mixed photography with acrylic paints to produce city-scapes that are graphic, contemporary and yet, nostalgic.


Originally from the Netherlands, Denise has a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration from Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam, and continues to pursue creative professional development to stay on top of new techniques and materials.  She occasionally offers artist talks and technique classes in her community.


A dynamic on-line presence keeps Denise connected to her family, friends and followers in North America and abroad through her up-to-date website, frequent blog posts and social media activities, making the artist and her work easily accessible.


Read more about the artists techniques in her Artist Statement

CURRICULUM VITEA

2017 - ‘Cities Through My Eyes', Solo Exhibition, Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2017 - ‘Departure', Solo Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - 'Storyscapes', Solo Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - 'Explore!' Solo Exhibition, Mission Old Brewery, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - Solo Exhibition, The Merchant, Taps & Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Viewfinder, Solo Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Discoveries: Montreal’, Solo Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘URBAN’, Solo Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘Traveling the World’, Solo Exhibition, Mile End Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - Solo Exhibition, Culture & Language Connections, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>



2017 - The Artist Project 2017', Better Living Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - Small Works Exhibition, Wallacks Galleries, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

2016 - Small Works Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.

2016 - Group exhibition, Mission Old Brewery, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE)’, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - The Riverdale Art Walk', Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - The Artist Project 2016', Better Living Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Salon' Small Works Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Featured Artists Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Nuit Blanche Group Show', The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC)', Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Artfest Kingston', City Park, Kingston, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘The New Art Festival’, Central Park, The Glebe, Ottawa, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘Love Art Toronto’, the Affordable Art Fair, with Viva Vida Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - LP Tango Project' - Group Exhibition and live music event, Sofitel Hotel, Montréal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - ‘What's Love got to do with it? - ARTiculation’ 2015, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘Salon', Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE)’, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘Love Art Toronto’, the Affordable Art Fair, with Viva Vida Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘ARTiculation’, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Small Art... BIG DEAL', Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - Moniker Gallery Exhibition Series 6’, Group Show, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, OT, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Les Journées de la culture’, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘inFOCUS’, Group Exhibition, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, OT, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘ARTiculation’, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Artium Profundae’, Fundraiser for West Island Community Shares, Viva Vida Art Gallery

2013 - ‘Let it Snow’, Group Exhibition, Montreal Art Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - ‘Small Works Too’, Group Exhibition, Fleurbain, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - ‘Vibrant’, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - ‘Les Journées de la culture’, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - Festival d'art érotique de Montréal’, LaCenne, Group Exhibition, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - Festival International Montreal en Arts’ (FIMA), Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - ‘Art and Architecture’, Group Exhibition, Fleurbain, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - ‘Women in Art’, Group Exhibition, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY, USA.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts’ Group Exhibition, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘Small for W’all’, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘Wildcard Gala’, Fundraiser for Le Nichoir, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘Les Arbres’, Group Exhibition, Mile End Gallery, Montreal QC, Canada.

2011 - Symbiose’, Summer Art Festival, StadsGalerij Breda, The Netherlands.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘Imaginary Cities’, Group Exhibition, Mile End Gallery, Montreal QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - No Title, Group Exhibition, Culture & Language Connections, Montreal, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - 25th International Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA.  |  Pictures >>

2010 - Two man Exhibition, Pierrefonds Cultural Center, Pierrefonds QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2010 - Pierrefonds/Roxboro Art Contest Exhibition, Pierrefonds Cultural Center, QC, Canada.  |  Pictures >>

2009 - 23rd International Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA.

2008 - Open Studio Day at Cedars Art Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA.

2008 - Spring-Summer Exhibition on the American Juried Art Salon website.

2008 - Fort Worth Community Arts Centre Biennial, Fort Worth, TX, USA.  |  Pictures >>



2016 - current - Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

2016 - current - Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.

2010 - current - Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada.

2012 - 2014 - Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

2008 - 2010 - Jordan Art Gallery, Corsicana, TX, USA.



2017 - 'Hudson Heritage' collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2017 - 'Treasured Toronto' collectors: Trisha Woodhead and John Kattan.  |  Pictures >>

2016 - 'Reminiscence' collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - 'Heart', collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - 'Find us in the City', collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - 'Let's go for a Walk', collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - 'Our Montréal', collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2015 - 'Exploring Canada', collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘Haarlem’, collector: Stephan Mol.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘Peperoncini’, collectors: Eefje en Ineke Buisman-Mussert.  |  Pictures >>  

2014 - ‘Honeymoon Islands’, collectors: Rox and Jacob.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - ‘Lori & Gary’, collectors: Lori Dow and Gary Gauvin.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Amalgamation’, collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Montreal Memories’, collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Chicago Table Lamp’, collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2013 - ‘Florida’, collectors: Eefje en Ineke Buisman-Mussert.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Canyon Lands’, collectors: Eefje en Ineke Buisman-Mussert.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Texas’, collectors: Eefje en Ineke Buisman-Mussert.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘New York’, collectors: Eefje en Ineke Buisman-Mussert.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘Montreal’, collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - ‘New York’, collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - ‘Prague’, collector: Colette Martin.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘The Four Seasons’, collector: client Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - ‘Summer in the City’, collector: Julie D’Aoust.  |  Pictures >>



2015 - Fleck Fine Art Catalogue - Fall/Winter 2015.

2014 - In Discipline (cover), volume 1, issue 1. Concordia University, Montréal, 2014.

2013 - ‘Decouvertes/Discoveries: Montreal, Art Book, 2013


2017 - Blog Snapd Bloor West,  May 2017

2017 - Article TheSuburban.com, April 1, 2017

2017 - Article Journal Metro, February 16, 2017

2016 - Interview VPR Radio, December 22, 2016

2016 - Article The Suburban Newspaper, November 30, 2016

2016 - Article TheSuburban.com, November 13, 2016

2016 - Interview, CKUT The Friday morning After, February 26, 2016

2016 - Interview, Global TV, February 15, 2016 7:20am

2016 - Interview, CKUT The Friday morning After, February 12, 2016

2016 - Article TheSuburban.com, January 26, 2016

2016 - Article Journal Metro, January 20, 2016

2015 - Queen West Art Crawl Blog, August 17, 2015.

2015 - CTV Montréal 'What's On', June 3 2015 (6pm)

2015 - CJAD800, May 29, 2015.

2015 - CTV Montréal 'What's On', May 29, 2015 (noon).

2015 - Announcement CKUT The Friday morning After, May 29, 2015

2015 - Article, West Island Suburban, May 27, 2015.

2015 - Article, Online Suburban Magazine, May 15, 2015.

2015 - Announcement, West Island Journal, May 7, 2015.

2015 - Interview, CKUT The Friday morning After, March 13, 2015

2015 - CTV News, March 13, 2015

2014 - Artsyshark blog, November 4, 2014

2014 - Q&A, Professional Artist Magazine, September 30, 2014.

2014 - Interview, The West Island Chronicle, March 5, 2014.

2014 - Interview, Les Nouvelles Saint-Laurent News, February 26, 2014

2013 - Art show review, Scandalmagazine.com, December 6, 2013.

2013 - Mention on VPR Art Hounds, October 24, 2013

2013 - News article, Cités Nouvelles, October 20, 2013

2013 - Interview, West Island Suburban, May 29, 2013.

2011 - Interview, WhyFey.com, November 27, 2011.

2011 - News article, West Island Journal, October 20 2011.

2011 - Interview, West Island Suburban, October 19 2011.

2011 - Interview, CTV News, April 13 2011 (Noon).

2011 - Interview, HOUR Community, April 14 2011.

2008 - Interview, Navarro County Times, December 4th 2008.

1995 - Interview, Dagblad van Almere, April 8 1995.



Maryam Aleyaseen, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Daniel Birnbaum, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Eefje and Ineke Buisman Mussert, private collectors, de Zilk, the Netherlands.

Brian Charles, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Stephanie Fenech, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Lucía Fernandez-Novoa, private collector, Pontevedra, Spain.

Gary Gauvin, private collector, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Doug Grundman, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Neil and Daryl Hersco, private collectors, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Silke Kamradt, private collector, Montréal, QC, Canada.

John Kattan & Trisha Woodhead, private collectors, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Jodi Kimm, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Catherine Kyte, private collector, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Danielle Legget, private collector, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Monika Majewski, private collector, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Stephan Mol, private collector, Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Neville family, private collectors, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Becky Posch, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Glenn Rubinoff, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Marcia and Sam Schaffran, private collectors, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Monica Sulz, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Janice Thissen, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Carolyn Tucker, private collector, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Kim Virgil, private collector, Montréal, QC, Canada.



2013 - Special Recognition Award ‘CityScapes 2013’, Light Space & Time Online Gallery

2012 - Best of Show Award ‘Festival d'art érotique de Montréal’.

2012 - New Masters 2011 Expert Top 10.

2010 - 1st place in the category; Creation: Mixed Media in the Pierrefonds/Roxboro Art Contest.

2008 - Honorable Mention in the MosaicGlobe Creativity Competition.

2008 - Award of Merit, American Juried Art Salon.

1996 - 1st place in ‘Kunstbende’ a Dutch youth art contest, Flevoland, the Netherlands.



2015 - Jury member for ‘What's Love got to do with it? - ARTiculation’2015, Group Exhibition, Viva Vida Art Gallery.



2016 - Artist Talk at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2016 - Direct Transfer Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2016 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, spring semester second group) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2016 - Pitch at the Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists Conference by Yes Montréal.  |  Video >>

2015 - Guest speaker at the Lakeshore Artist Association.  |  Pictures >>

2014 - Holiday Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2014 - Direct Transfer Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery (December 2014).

2014 - Direct Transfer Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery (November 2014).

2014 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, fall semester second group) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2014 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, fall semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2014 - Corporate Direct Transfer Workshops at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2014 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, spring semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2013 - Holiday Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2013 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, fall semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2013 - Direct Transfer Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2013 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, summer semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2013 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, spring semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2012 - Creative Sampler; Direct Transfer at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2012 - Direct Transfer Workshop at Viva Vida Art Gallery.

2012 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (6 classes, fall semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - Epoxy Resin Demonstration at Viva Vida Art Gallery. |  Pictures >>

2012 - Guest Speaker at Artistes Hudson Artists’ Association.  |  Pictures >>

2012 - Acrylic Gel Image Transfer (5 classes, spring semester) at Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - Artwork Demonstration at Viva Vida Art Gallery.  |  Pictures >>

2011 - Guest Speaker at Beaconsfield Artists’ Association.  |  Pictures >>



2015 - Digital Marketing online course, Shaw Academy.

2009 - Illustrator CS3, Classroom in a Book.

2005 - InDesign CS Training course, Graphit, the Netherlands.

1997 - 2002 - Bachelor’s Degree, Arts and Illustration, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

1999 - Workshop Flyer Design - Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

1991 - 1997 - High school, Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dutch(7), English(7), Math(5), History(8), Philosophy(7), Drawing(8), Social studies(6).



2014 - Mixed Media Acrylic Workshop, Bev Wight, Viva Vida Art Gallery, QC, Canada.

2013 - Introduction to Encaustics, Manuela Jarry, Opaline Studio, QC, Canada

2012 - Introduction to Self-Publishing Art Books, Alex Brzezinki, Viva Vida Art gallery, QC, Canada.

2012 - Paper Pulp Painting, Margit Hideg, Viva Vida Art Gallery, QC, Canada.

2011 - Image Transfer Fast and Furious, Melanie Matthews, DDO Center for the Arts, QC, Canada.

2011 - Essential Acrylics Workshop, Melanie Matthews, DDO Center for the Arts, QC, Canada.

2011 - The Art of Photography, Sheryl Ann Medicoff, DDO Center for the Arts, QC, Canada.

2010 - Rediscovering a sense of wonder, Sketch classes, Deirdre McCay, QC, Canada.

2010 - Mixed Media, Stewart Fletcher, DDO Center for the Arts, QC, Canada.

2010 - Strategies in Painting Interpretation, Deirdre McCay, DDO Center for the Arts, QC, Canada.

2007 - 2009 - Life Drawing and Painting group, Cedars Art Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA.



Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, iWeb, Word, Excel, Certified PDF creation,

fluid Dutch and English and minimal French and German



Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 13, 1978.



2013 - Logo design “Puic”, the Netherlands.

2009 - 2011 - International Freelance Art-Director and Graphic Designer.

2009 - 2011 - Game testing for Ubisoft.

2009 - 2010 - Graphic Designer for Next Door Advertising.

2009 - Corporate Identity Design WhyFey.

2009 - Logo design “Pegasus Children’s Academy”, Bordentown, NJ, USA.

2008 - Logo design Electronics Panel for Women, the Netherlands.

2008 - Logo design “Kroone”, the Netherlands.

2006 - 2009 - Art Director “Hotspot”, Leiden, the Netherlands.

2005 - 2006 - Desktop Publisher A-Design, Sassenheim, the Netherlands.

2003 - 2005 - Jr. Desktop Publisher at ColorScan, Voorhout, the Netherlands.

2003 - Jr. Desktop Publisher at “BloembollenVisie”, Lisse, the Netherlands.

2002 - Artwork ‘Vorm Bouw’ commissioned by PersC, the Netherlands.

1998 - 2003 - Floor manager, McDonalds, Hillegom, the Netherlands.



Horseback riding (dressage and training), reading, traveling, snow skiing, scuba diving, gaming (computer and board games)

and Doctor Who.

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