Jacco Olivier (born the Netherlands, 1972) currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
He received an MA from the Hogeschool voor Kunst en Vormgeving (Den Bosch, the Netherlands) in 1996 and completed a residency at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) in 1999.
Olivier was invited to be an International Artist-In-Residence at Artpace San Antonio (San Antonio, USA) in 2012 and was awarded the Buning Bongers Prijs, Buning Bongers Stichting (the Netherlands) in 1998.
He has been included in the Kilkenny Arts Festival (Kilkenny, Ireland) in 2011, the SITE Santa Fe Eighth International Biennial (Santa Fe, USA) in 2010 and 2011, and the Prague Bienniale 2 (Prague, Czech Republic) in 2005.
Olivier has had solo exhibitions at New York City Center (New York, USA) in 2012, at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) in 2012, and at Victoria Miro Gallery (London, UK) in 2010 and 2007.
He was included in group exhibitions at Portsmouth Museum of Art (Portsmouth, UK) in 2010, the Center for Arts and Media (ZKM) (Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2007, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Denver, USA) in 2005.
Olivier’s work is in both public and private collections around the world, including the Logan Collection (New York, USA), The Margulies Collection (Miami, USA), and the Zabludowicz Collection (London, UK).
“This work is made up of several paintings which I photograph, rework and photograph again. Most of the time, due to the many layers of paint, the original paintings no longer exist. But I still have the photographs. They reveal the history of the paintings. I zoom in on different aspects of the paintings and combine the different elements with a computer to see where the paintings were going, to reveal the hidden themes and recurring motifs. I make a short story.
For this film I painted around the theme 'hypnopomp' that is the state of consciousness leading out of sleep. My film is an abstract visualization of the feelings and imagery that haunt me in the transitional space between sleep and wakefulness. I am a slow starter— every morning, before I can approach the world worry-free and open-minded, I need to first drain the negative. Only then am I happy and at peace with myself.”