Artist Abroad

Hand Layered Mixed Media Art by Denise Buisman Pilger


Nagoya, September 20, 2017. From November 7-12 my work will be part of the 32nd Foreign Artists Exhibition (FAE32), organized by the Central Japan International Society (CJIS), with the generous support of Nagoya International Center (NIC). This exhibition encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas among the citizens of Nagoya and foreign artists living in the Chubu Region of Japan.

The 32nd Foreign Artists Exhibition will be held from Tuesday, 7 November to Sunday, 12 November. Painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, printers, and other fine artists will display their original artworks in the well-appointed 4th floor Exhibition Room at Nagoya International Center (NIC). The exhibition will be open to the public, free, from 10 am to 7 pm daily except the last day (Sun.) which will end at 5:00 pm. Pictures >>

32nd Foreign Artists Exhibition

Montréal, November 6, 2017. Local artists Karen Hosker, Susan Por,ter Art, Elke Roth Attal, Marthe Villeneuve, Helena Scheffer Carole Lessard, Linda Denis, Donna McGee, Laura Holland, Beatrice Cluney, Susanne Strater lair, Diane Simoneau, Shernya Vininsky, Diane Bellemare, Eleanor Porter, Gilbert Lessard, Ingrid Black,Jane Hannah Judith Harvey & Joanna Schnittker Olson have all come together to help raise money for the Mission Old Brewery.

They are all selling their artwork at an affordable price just for this event at $160!!

Hot soup lunch will be served for a $5 donation

This year we also have received artworks for our draw from both Holly Friesen and Denise Buisman Pilger tickets will be sold at the door and the draw for the lucky winners will be at 3.45pm.

So mark your calenders to come along to join us for this exciting annual fundraiser.

Square Foot Art Exhibition & Old Brewery Mission Fundraiser 2017

'New York City Wall Lamp' 10"x22" by artist Denise Buisman Pilger has generously donated this mixed media piece for our draw. Tickets will be sold at the 2017 Square Foot Exhibition & Fundraiser for the Montreal Mission Old Brewery (page officielle) event and the draw for the lucky winner will be at 3.45pm #squarefootexhibition2017

Montréal, November 6, 2017. The Cure Scleroderma Foundation presents: Art for a Cure

Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 6-11PM

Silent Art Auction featuring original artworks by local Montreal artists:

-Marie-Eve Brière: MEB Painting

-John Davidson: Ceramic

Including artists from Viva Vida Art Gallery:

-Denise Buisman Pilger: Mixed Media

-Iris: Mixed Media

-Luce Laforest: Acrylic

-Gordon Pym: Oil

Proceeds benefit the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group of the Jewish General Hospital

Tickets (Available at the gallery on online): $100

-Includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks (2), music and raffle

Join us for a wonderful night for a good cause!



or by Cheque:

Cure Scleroderma Foundation

And mail to:

Fondation de l’Hôpital général juif - Jewish General Hospital Foundation

3755 ch. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, bureau A-107

Montréal, QC H3T 1E2

Attention: Mary Etzitian

T: 514-340-8222 x 23986

F: 514-340-8744

Cure Scleroderma Foundation Silent Art Auction: Art for a Cure

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Viva Vida Art Gallery, 278-2 Lakeshore Road, Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

Nagoya, March 22, 2018. On Saturday April 14th you will have a chance to show your support for women in the arts here in Nagoya! Come see some amazing performances and awesome artwork by female artists at the Plastic Factory, doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm, tickets are ¥1500 at the door and include one drink!

This is the event you've been waiting for! - the second ever Nagoya Women's Showcase! An entertaining evening of Music & Art from your favourite fully functioning female faction.

Featuring... musical performances by:

Denise Hewitt


......May Chu Chu's Cabaret of Chaos!

.........DJ Divalicious Christiahn

Special Guest: Olivia

and our very own backing band, Don't Wrestle Ron!

(Darian Gore, Yuki Angel, Coleen Wickdahl and Lesley Bartlett).

along with art exhibited by:

Gwyn Wilson

...Louise Corry

......Saddle Kobayashi

.........Denise Buisman Pilger, the Artist Abroad. Hand layered photo based mixed media paintings.

Come support some awesome female artists! Pictures >>

Womens Showcase at the Plastic Factory


Nagoya-shi, Chikusa-Ku,

Kanda-cho 32-13

Global Artist Movement Exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

Nagoya, April 20, 2018. From May 16-20 the Artist Abroad, Denise Buisman Pilger, will exhibit a brand new artwork at the 18th Global Artist Movement (GAM) group exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Japan.

The Global Artist Movement is an organization aiming to promote international exchange rich in creativity and to encourage artistic activities as an international movement.

From Wednesday - Saturday the exhibition will be open from 10am - 5pm and on Sunday from 10 am - 3pm. If you wish to meet the artist, she will be in attendance on Saturday morning and Sunday.

Toyota Municipal Art Museum

Address 8 - 5 Kozakamoto cho, Toyota City,  

Prefecture 471 - 0034 1

Tel: 0565-34-6610

Press >>

`Treasures of Tranquility` receives prestigious award at

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.

Nagoya, June 8, 2018. From May 16-20 the Artist Abroad,

Denise Buisman Pilger, exhibited her brand new artwork `Treasures of Tranquility` at the 18th Global Artist Movement (GAM) group exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Japan.

`Treasures of Tranquility` received highest marks from the jury and was awarded the prestigious Foreign Minister Award, Denise Buisman Pilger being one of the first foreign artists to receive this honor.

The exhibition featured the works of more then 70 artists from 12 different countries at a beautiful, contemporary exhibition space at the newly renovated Toyota MunicipalMuseum of Art.

The Global Artist Movement is an organization aiming to promote international exchange of creativity and to encourage artistic activities as an international movement.

`外見Foreign Views` a solo exhibition at ITbM Gallery.

Nagoya, July 28, 2018.  Nagoya based Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger, will present her unique view of the familiar urban landscape in a solo exhibition titled: ‘Foreign Views’, at ITbM Gallery (464-8601 名古屋市千種区不老町 名古屋大学トランスフォーマティブ生命分子研究所 ITbM Gallery, 1F). The exhibition features the artists’ most recent works, in which she presents a series of condensed memories of her travels. The exhibition runs from August 23 – September 25.

As a frequent traveler, Denise Buisman Pilger, continues to be inspired by the urban landscape and the people that populate it. “We so often complain about our cities being old and dirty and we forget about the beauty that can be found there. ‘Foreign Views’ will give people the opportunity to see the city through my eyes. I love to observe city life, all the cars and people rushing by, I always like to imagine where all those people are going and what their lives are like.”  In her work Denise captures those moments, giving us a chance to ponder and make up stories of our own.  

‘Foreign Views’ will be the inaugural exhibition at the ITbM Gallery that is located in the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), whose aim is to create cutting-edge science with potentially significant societal impact. “By adding a gallery space, we want to remind people that science and art go together. I believe that every scientist is an artist that gets inspired by nature and the environment that they are in.” says Gallery Director Dr. Asraa Ziadi.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Buisman Pilger has a Bachelors Degree in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She has called Amsterdam, Fort Worth, Montréal and Nagoya home and she has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Artist Project and she recently received the Foreign Minister Award at the Global Artists Movement Exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. Her work can be found in galleries in Montréal and Toronto.  

“I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to share my work with the wonderful people of Nagoya. My recent move from Montréal Canada to Nagoya Japan has been very inspiring and I am very excited to include some of my newest, Japan inspired pieces, in this exhibition. I love to show the audience the beauty of their everyday environment and Japan definitely has a lot of beauty to offer!” Says Denise Buisman Pilger

Foreign Views

ITbM Gallery - 464-8601 名古屋市千種区不老町 名古屋大学

トランスフォーマティブ生命分子研究所 ITbM Gallery, 1F

August 23 – September 25, 2018

Monday to Friday: 9:30 – 19:30

Saturday: 9:30 – 17:30

Sunday: Closed