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Aruban born contemporary artist Ryan Daniel Oduber (1972), Master of Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, has a long trajectory in the visual arts dating back to the early 90-ties. Most of his art at those times, where found objects and paintings. His bachelor in architecture and furniture design (HKU, Utrecht) is reflected back in his 3 dimensional forms and philosophical discourses about our society.

After winning an art prize at the Dutch Caribbean exhibition: “Arte 99” (Curaçao, 1999), he bought his first “Digital 8” handy-cam camera and started experimenting with video art. As a contemporary artist he has been representing his island since 2000 on different international exhibitions from biennials to group exhibitions in The Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, USA, Cuba, Taiwan, China, Germany, Portugal, Costa Rica, Curaçao etc.

He has a skeptical view on the “new world” we live in through his artwork as well as a sharp and minimalistic artistic work approach. In 2011 he did his debut as co-director in the short film “10 Ave Maria” and was awarded by the jury as Best Short Film at the 2011 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. Mid 2011 Oduber was the first recipient of the J. C. “Padu” Lampe award, a price awarded for his cultural endeavors in Aruba for the visual arts. In the same year he did the direction of photography and the editing in the short artistic film “Muhe Frida” (best Aruban short at the Aruba International Film Festival 2011) which was also presented in the New Media Program of the 2011 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. His next short film “Awa Brak” (2012) won the audience award at the 2012 Aruba International Film Festival and was also showed at the 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival together with his latest short Art-Film, “Kima Momo 58” under the New Media Program.

He was part of an exhibition in Zwolle, the Netherlands at the “Museum de Fundatie” where he did an art installation for The Dutch Caribbean Kingdom Exhibition. He has great experience in commercial work in the field of graphic design and film with brands as Toyota, Adidas, Nike and many more.

“Caminda tin Bida tin Awa”, a film documentary (directing, director of photography and co-editing) about water in Aruba since pre-Colombia era has had a huge impact on how the Arubans see their inter-dependence on agriculture and water these days.

In the education field he has been giving workshops, since 2006, on Arts and Art history. His focus fields are Sculptures, film, animation, audio, video, photography and art history. The films made at his video workshops have won several prizes in the Aruba Short Film Festival several times. Ages of the participants vary from 6 years olds to 65.

In 2009 he did the stage design & decor for a multidisciplinary theatre concept based on immigration that showed in Brazil, France, Turkey, The Netherlands and Aruba called “Changing Horizons”, showcasing an international cast.

He is the head of the department of Media at the National Library of Aruba with an advisory role regarding media, the future of libraries and helps with artistic/ digital workshops. The department makes internal and external educational audio visual programs and documentaries.





2005 – 2016

Ateliers ’89, workshops (duration 1 month) each year about video/ film/ audio/ cinema/ photography/ animation/ art history

The One minute Video, 2 workshops (duration 2 weeks) about video/ film/ audio/ animation

UNOCA, vacation camp (duration 1 week) about video/ film/ audio/ animation

ATHA, workshops (duration 1 weeks) about video/ film/ audio/ animation


2003 – 2005

Sandberg Instituut, Masters education of the Rietveld Art Academy. MFA

Fred. Roeskestraat 98, 1076 ED, Amsterdam

Graphic Design: web & video


1992 – 1997

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht – BACHALOR

Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan 50, 3582 VA Utrecht

Architectural and Furniture Design


Art Prize / Nominations

“Audience Award” Aruban Flavor Film at the 2nd Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba

“Award” for best Aruban Flavor Film at the 2nd Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba.

“1st J. C Lampe Prize” for young professional in cultural field, Aruba.

“Best Aruban Short Film” at the 2nd Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba with Muhe Frida – Director of photography.

Nomination “Micro-award”, montage, Berlin, Germany

Arte ’99, Caribbean Art Festival, installation, 3rd prize (Young Artist Award), Curaçao

E viaje, Acryl Painting, 2nd prize, Instituto di cultura, Aruba


Collective Exhibitions

“Mare Nostrum. Venezuela, Holanda y Aruba Unidos por el Caribe”, Mixed media, MACZUL, Maracaibo Zulia, Venezuela.

“Onvoorziene Kosten (Unforeseen expenses)“, Mixed media, Ateliers Gallery, Art Fair 2016, Aruba.

“Caribbean: Crossroads of the World”, “Kima Momo” video Installation, PAMM, Miami, U.S.A.

“Kima Momo” video Installation, UNOCA gallery, Aruba

“Caribbean: Crossroads of the World”, “Kima Momo” video Installation, Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.

“Last Lap”, Installation & Video (“Kima Momo 58”, 9;35 min.) Tropical Kingdom, Dutch Caribbean Art.

Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands.

“TABOO”, Video, “Kima Momo 58”, 9;35 min., Art-film, Landshuis Bloemhof, Willemstad, Curaçao.

“Happy Islands”, Installation, Primer Encuentro Bienal Arte Contemporaneo di Caribe Aruba, Oranjestad, Aruba.

“Aruba Piano”, Sculpture (mixed media), Play me I’m Yours, Toronto, Canada

“Caribbean: Crossroads of the World”, “Kima Momo” video Installation, Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.

“Who More Sci-Fi Than Us”, “Kima Momo” video Installation, Kunsthal de KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

“Kima Momo 58”, 9;35 min., Art-film, producer, directing, director of photography & editing, 3rd trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, NEW MEDIA, Trinidad & Tobago

“A collection for Aruba”, “Kima Momo 58” photography, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands.

“Kima Momo 58”, 9;35 min., Art-film, producer, directing, director of photography & editing, 3rd Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba.

“Kima Momo“, projection & performace (by Alydia Wever), The lightbox, Wynwood, Miami,      USA

“Double Nothing”, Sculpture (Stone), Aruba Airport Reina Beatrix, Aruba

“Microcosm”, Video Installation, Residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA

“Muhe Frida”, 12;05 min., director of photography & editing short film, 2nd Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba [winner best Aruban short film 2nd Aruba International Film Festival]

“10 Ave Maria”, 12;15 min., co-directing, director of photography & editing short film, 2nd Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba [winner jury prize best short film at the Trinidad & Tobago International Film Festival]

“Artist for Sale”, Video Installation, expo: Rosea Nobo Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba

Manipulated Photography, Printed, Art Rap Gallery, San Nicolas, Aruba

“Cambio di Rumbo”, Scenography, video & shade play, Bellen de Pará, Brasil / Cas di          Cultura, Aruba

“Caribbean Cross Roads”, interactive video installation & jackpot, Ateliers ’89, Aruba

“Energy“, International Sculptures Symposium, Changchun, China

Mind Your Gap, 50 years anniversary of the Aruban Art and Theatre house [Cas di Cultura]”, concept & leader of 2 art theatre performances using video, interactive media, painting, objects, Aruba

“World One minutes in Beijing”, video: Lekker Weertje, China

“Visionarios”, a traveling videoart festival throughout Latin America and Mexico, video: Happy 2, Sao Paolo, Brazil

“Landings 8”, videos, 9 video projectors in 20 m x 30m black space. Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

“Tree of a man”, Slavery Herritage in Aruba, video installation, Aruba

Brah expo, Plexi & light bulb object, Ateliers 89, Aruba

“One in Soul”, Dance theatre event. Abstract video performance

Brah expo, Plexi & light bulb object, Ateliers 89, Aruba

“Ecology”, Cactus installation, Insight Gallery, Aruba

Landings 5”, manipulated photography, Museum of the American States, Washington DC, U.S.A.

“How Far Can You Go”, Installation, Insight Gallery, Aruba

Landings 4”, videos, art installation & graphic art, Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, San José, Costa Rica

Our Portrait”, Photo manipulation on canvas, Reina Beatrix Intl. Airport, Aruba

Landings 3”, videos & video installation, Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

“7th biennial of Havana, video installation, Cuba (represented Aruba at the biennial

Landings 2”, video installation, manipulated photography & graphics, Merida, Mexico

“Culture Catalysts”, Experimenta, video’s, Lisboa, Portugal

“Time traveling”, V Internationales Kunstfestival Magdeburg, video installation, Magdenburg, Germany

“Oisterwijk’s Sculpture Route”, Pauw Gallery, installation/drawings, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands

“Hole in one”, “Corporate Design Still Suck”, 10 years of Sandberg Institute Design, Post CS, video installation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Cocktail di Arte”, Ermelo, installation, The Netherlands

“Kunsvlaai 5” art festival, videos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Happy Series”, 50 Years European Cultural Foundation Conference, videos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“CHEAP”, St. Maria Kapel, video installation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Beautiful World”, the University of Tilburg, animations, Tilburg, The Netherlands

“Saprofiet”, (Prince Willem Alexander & Maxima) Cas di Cultura, installation/video, Aruba

“Casino”, Art Studio Gallery Insight, video installation, Aruba

“Corona Harmoniosa”, SINFA, installations, San Nicolas, Aruba

“Forever Green”, Art Studio Gallery Insight, installation, Aruba

“Mama Aruba, ken mi ta”, SINFA, installation/sculpture, San Nicolas, Aruba

“Entre Lineas”, (Traveling Caribbean Expo), paintings, 2001 Centro Cariforo, Sto. Domingo, Dominican Republic

“IV Caribbean Biennial”, Museum of Modern Art, installation, St. Domingo, Dominican Republic

“Troubleshooting”, (+ initiator/curator), video animation installations, Eterno, O’stad Aruba

“San Sebastian”, Centro de Bellas Artes de Maracaibo, sculpture, Maracaibo, Venezuela

“Millenium”, Galeria Harmonia, sculpture, San Nicolas, Aruba

“Watamula”, International Workshop, Landhuis Kenepa

Performance, objects & installations, Curaçao

“Watamula 2”, Landhuis Bloemenhof, objects, video, and installations, Curaçao

“Madre Patria”, Cas di Culura, sculpture, O’stad Aruba.

“Auto Retrato”, Instituto di Cultura, installation, O’stad, Aruba

“Arte ’99”, Caribbean Art Festival, installation, Curaçao

“Aruba, a new landscape”, National Library, object, O’stad Aruba

“Royal”, (Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix), installation, Cas di Cultura, O’stad Aruba

“50 years Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, instituto di Cultura, O’stad, Aruba

“Simiya ’96”, Eterno, design Objects, O’stad, Aruba

I think

Art is a promotional campaign for life”. You can see and compare with consumerism, capitalism, globalization. Coca Cola makes promotions so that people feel good about buying their product, Nike says just do it !, it’s your life, do it however you want.    Art is also like that, it is a company for life as a concept. That’s why I do not know if I’m a designer or an artist, and I do not want to define it either. The only difference is the sale. Selling Nike (shoes) is, for me, like selling a picture or a photograph. Selling an idea of ​​life compares more with installations, performances or videos. Ideas are not sold, they are constituted, they are manifested. I’m not saying that a picture or a photograph can not extract that great idea, but I still see it as an article, product, object of sale … to consume”.

Ryan Oduber