Boutens van Uden, Henriette

Henriette Boutens van Uden, a Spanish sculptress born in Holland (Nijmegen, 1947), began her artistic baccalaureate studies in Brussels in 1962. She continued her training at the «Sin Joost» Art Academy in Breda, whilst she also travelled through Italy visiting the academies and higher schools of Art in Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence, and was admitted to the Milan workshop of the prestigious sculptors Marino Marini and Giacomo Manzú. In 1968 she passed the exam to enrol at the Higher National School of Fine Arts in Paris, where she attended classes given by Leygue, Chapelin-Midy, Robert Couturier and César. During her stay in the capital city of France, she met her husband-to-be, who came from Navarra. Following their marriage in 1970, the couple settled in Pamplona. There, she was appointed to the position of teacher of modelling and design at the School of Applied Arts and Artistic Crafts, where she established contact with Isabel Baquedano, Patxi Biurrun and Ángel Bados. She also obtained a professorship in Secondary Education and taught plastic arts at the Ximénez de Rada and Basoko secondary schools. In parallel, she carried out extensive research which was completed in 1989 with a PhD in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Boutens started to exhibit in 1968, in France, Spain, Belgium and Holland. In 1977 she held her first individual exhibition at the Cultural Room of the Caja de Ahorros de Navarra (Pamplona), then going on to exhibit at later dates in other Spanish and European cities such as Paris, Ghent, The Hague, Geneva, Ferrara and Stockholm. Amongst her collective exhibitions, mention should be made of that held in the City Council of Paris (District 6, 1970), «23 Artistas Navarros» (Doncel Room, Pamplona, 1973) and «Pamplona Ciudad» (1976). Her works are to be found in public and private collections in France, Holland and Spain. Amongst the awards received, particular mention should be made of the Cosme Prize (Ferrara, 2005), the Michelangelo Buonarroti Grand Prize (Florence 2005) and the « Art Howard 2005» third prize (Ferrara, 2005).


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