Jacco Olivier is known for his masterful melding of painting into photography and then animated film. Over time, he has painted small impressionist scenes of everyday life—bathers, lovers, and animals—and documented each step of the process with a camera. He later converts those still images of his fluid brushstrokes into dynamic films of varying lengths, and recently, has ventured to do the same with large and more abstract paintings too, creating pools of translucent colors that overlay one another and formulate into murky, immersive pictures. Olivier takes these images and crafts them into cinema, resulting in contemplative and meditative works which expand the definition of a painting.


Olivier had a solo exhibition at BOESKY EAST in January 2016. A solo exhibition of his work is on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art until February 2017. Recently, Olivier has exhibited at Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond; the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; and GEM, The Hague. His work is included in permanent collections such as the Honart Museum, Tehran, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, and the Sammlung Goetz, Munich. Olivier currently lives and works in Amsterdam.