1978, France


Jean-Baptiste Maitre is a film maker and painter based in Amsterdam.

He received his degrees in Art History (Paris-Sorbonne University) and Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris) as well as in Studio Photography (Gobelins Ecole de l’Image, Paris). He was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2007-08) and in 2010 Jean-Baptiste completed his artist residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Jean-Baptiste’s animation films describes moments of painterly abstraction in motion, structured with narrations of political events or one liner jokes. In addition to this, his paintings are an experimentation into modes of depictions involving fast hand gestures, scan analyses, and precise ink printing.

He has exhibited at Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam); Rita Urso (Milan); P//////AKT platform for contemporary art (Amsterdam); Galerie 1M3 (Lausanne); Centre d’Art La Salle de Bains (Lyon); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco); Bonnefanten museum (Maastricht), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Eye Film Museum (Amsterdam).

His works is part of the collections of the Stedelijk museum Amsterdam, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Sammlung Philara in Düsseldorf, as well as the Dutch Central Bank and ABN AMRO Bank collections, among others.


Jean-Baptiste is represented by Martin van Zomeren in Amsterdam and Rita Urso in Milan.


2009-2010    Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, artist fellow, Amsterdam, NL

2007-2008    Jan van Eyck Academie, researcher, Maastricht, NL

1998-2003    DNSAP (MFA), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. mentors Annette Messager, Giuseppe Penone; student of Jean-Francois Chevrier’s seminar «Des territoires», Paris, FR

2002-2004    Certificate of studies 2 year technical degree, Studio Photography, Gobelins l’école de l'image, École de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris

1999-2002    DEUG, Paris-4 Sorbonne University, Art History & Archeology, Paris, FR

1998              Fine Art Preparatory School Atelier de Sèvres, Paris, Fr




  • Rita Urso, “JB Maitre & Dina Danish: Victor Hugo Was Here”, Milan, IT

  • Martin van Zomeren & Stigter van Doesburg, “Window series: JB Maitre & Dina Danish: Victor Hugo Was Here”, Amsterdam, NL



  • Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre & Dina Danish’, Bologna, IT 

  • Gallery Martin van Zomeren, ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre. Death Ship Paintings’, Amsterdam, NL



  • PuntWG, ‘The Admirer and the admired’ (with Dina Danish), Amsterdam, NL


  • RITA URSO, Fluid Carrying the Hopes of Ships in Distress, Milan


  • TYSON art space, ‘The Admirer and the admired’ (with Dina Danish), by invitation of Patricia Schnurr Koln


  • Palazzo dell’Arte dei Giudici e Notai, ‘le Poète, la Cité, la Machine’, by invitation of Leonardo Bigazzi, Florence

  • Gallery Martin van Zomeren, ‘MANDALA RÉPUBLIQUE’, Amsterdam


  • P//////AKT platform for contemporary art, ‘THIS IS WHAT I MEANT’, Amsterdam

  • Galerie 1M3, ‘Post-Sculpture’, Lausanne, CH (with Bruce McLean, curated by Clément Dirié)


  • PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre: Gündüz Filmi’, Istanbul

  • Centre d’Art La Salle de Bains, ‘Stripe paintings’, Lyon, FR (duo, with Ø. Aasan, curated by A. Berceliot-Courtin)

  • Anyspace Gallery, ‘Dans le Vêtement il y une Poche; Dans la Poche, un Carnet; Dans le Carnet, une Lettre; Et Voici cette Lettre:’, Brussels


  • Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi, ‘Not on Sculpture’, Milan

  • Gallery Martin Van Zomeren, ‘Not Necessarily Words’, Amsterdam


  • Rijksakademie v. B. K., ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre: Shaped Cinema’, in ‘Open Ateliers 2010’, Amsterdam


  • Rijksakademie v. B. K., ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre: The Dissociated Press’, in ‘Open Ateliers 2009’, Amsterdam

  • Project Room East, Rijksakademie, ‘Don’t Touch’ (with Alice Nikitinova), Amsterdam


  • DSM Office, ‘A Personal Anthology of Mediatic Images’, Sittard

  • Jan van Eyck academie, ‘Plywood as media’, Maastricht

  • Rue Française Gallery, ‘Plywood as media’, Paris


  • Jan van Eyck academie, ‘A Typology of Wastelands in Beirut’, Maastricht


  • Annette Messager studio, ENSBA, ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre: AZBAIJAN’ graduation exhibition, Paris



  • Online exhibition, 'Art in the plague Year', organized by UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography and curated by Douglas McCulloh, Nikolay Maslov, and Rita Sobreiro Souther


  • Marian van Zijll Langhout, ‘De Van Zijll Langhout collectie, Amsterdam, NL

  • Centre Pompidou, ‘Dust - the plates of the present’, curated by Thomas Fougeirol, Joey Tang, Paris, FR

  • American Academy in Rome, ‘Cinque Mostre’, curated by E. Rodini, I. Gianni, Rome, IT

  • Stigter van Doesburg, ‘Catherine Biocca, JB Maitre & Dina Danish, Bert Mebius’, Amsterdam, NL


  • Davide Allieri, Erika Hock, Jean-Baptiste Maitre, Elizabeth McAlpine, Art Dusseldorf, Rita Urso | Cosar HMT, DE 

  • Mi-Art, Milan, IT

  • Martin van Zomeren, ‘Multiples and Editions’, Amsterdam, NL 

  • ArtRotterdam, Rotterdam, NL   


  • Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, ‘wordswordswords’, Antwerp, BE

  • ArtRotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

  • Praz-Delavallade, ‘The plates of the present, so far’, curated by Thomas Fougeirol, Paris, FR


  • MIART, Emanuele Becheri|Jean-Baptiste Maitre|Elizabeth McAlpine|ZAPRUDERfilmmakersgroup - (RITA URSO artopia gallery), Milano

  • Jean-Baptiste Maitre|Elizabeth McAlpine|ZAPRUDERfilmmakersgroup - (RITA URSO artopia gallery), ART BRUSSEL

  • TYSON Raum, ‘The Admirer and the admired’ (with Dina Danish), by invitation of Patricia Schnurr, Köln, GER

  • INSTITUT FÜR KUNSTGESCHICHTE DER LMU, ‘The Admirer and the admired’ (with Dina Danish), curated by María Inés Plaza Lazo, Munich, GER

  • Martin van Zomeren, ‘For Your Everyday Use’, Amsterdam, NL

  • EYE Amsterdam Film Museum, ‘International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam- IDFA 2016’, Amsterdam, NL

  • Mi-Art, Milan, IT


  • EYE Amsterdam Film Museum, ‘International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’, Amsterdam, NL

  • CCA Glasgow, ‘Transit Art film festival’, Glasgow

  • Espace Moins Un, ‘Axis Mundi’, curated by Julia Geerlings, Paris

  • CCNY Baxter Street, ‘Dust, the plates the present’, New York city

  • Amsterdam Art Fair, Kunsthal Citroën, Amsterdam

  • Rita Urso | Artopiagallery, ‘Ophelia, The Eloquence of the Silent Image’, curated by Paola Caravati, Milan

  • Gallery Martin van Zomeren, ‘FA FA FA’, Amsterdam

  • ArtRotterdam, Rotterdam

  • De Nederlandsche Bank, ‘Aanwinsten’, Amsterdam


  • Artissima, Turin

  • Manifesta Foundation, ‘It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it’, Amsterdam

  • ArtCologne, Köln

  • Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam

  • Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘CODEX’ (curated by Pierre Leguillon), San Francisco


  • Ashram Joytinat, ‘Chiara Pergola, Jean-Baptiste Maitre, Vandana Shiva’, Corinaldo

  • ViaFarini, ‘Open’, Milan

  • Centre Pompidou, ‘Un Nouveau Festival: Book Machine’, (curated by Bernard Blistène et Patrick Javault), Paris

  • ArtBrussels art fair, Brussels

  • Rencontres internationales de la photographie d'Arles 2013, ‘Blackboard’, Atelier Gaston de Luppé, Arles



  • Pigna Project Space, ‘Drawing Quote!’, (curated by Nick Oberthaler), Rome

  • Contemporary Istanbul art fair, (booth curated by PiST///), Istanbul

  • Gallery Martin Van Zomeren, ‘Jean-baptiste Maitre, Alexandra Leykauf, Praneet Soi, Navid Nuur’, Amsterdam

  • ArtBrussels art fair, Brussels


  • LiveInYourHead, HEAD curatorial institute, ‘Codex’, (curated by Pierre Leguillon), Geneva

  • Anyspace Gallery, ‘Coming Soon (vol.I)’, Brussels, BE (curated by Fred Collier)

  • Zeil 17, ‘Abbildung ähnlich’, Frankfurt am Main

  • Artissima 18 art fair, Turin

  • Motel Campo, ‘WALLPAPERism’, Geneva (curated by Nick Oberthaler)

  • Liste 16 art fair, Basel

  • 56eme Salon de Montrouge’, (nominated by Clara Schulmann), Paris

  • Gallery Martin Van Zomeren with Raster Gallery, ‘VillaTokyo’, Tokyo

  • Mi-art art fair, Milan


  • Nieuwe Vide Art center, ‘The Object Lag’, Haarlem  (curated by E. Williams)

  • FIAC art fair, Paris

  • Claudine Papillon Gallery, ‘Partis pris’, Paris

  • Westergasfabriek, ‘KunstVlaai’, Amsterdam

  • Minimarkt art fair, Amsterdam

  • ArtCologne art fair, Köln

  • Nieuwe Vide, ‘Form & Content’, Haarlem (curated by E. Williams)

  • Art Rotterdam art fair, Rotterdam

  • Kunstraum Düsseldorf, ’10 ausgewählte Positionen’, (curated by Michael Vots)  Düsseldorf


  • In-Situ/ F. Leclerc Gallery, ‘Cultural memories/ Récits Parallèles’, (curated by Clément Dirié) Paris

  • Reinier Van Ewijk Projects, ‘Innerconnections’, Amsterdam


  • Bonnefantenmuseum, ‘Chanting Baldessari’, (curated by Paula Van Den Bosch & Agata Jastrzabek) Maastricht

  • Slick 08 art fair, Paris

  • La Générale Art Space, ‘Second Life’, Paris

  • FLACC, ‘Open Days’, Genk


  • Jan van Eyck Academie, ‘Video Weekend’, Maastricht


  • Agence Borderline, ‘Be my lucky number’, Esch-sur-Alzette


  • Glaz’Art (Paris); Linux Club (Rome), ‘Nuit Blanche/ Notte Bianca’, Paris, FR; Rome  Miss China Gallery, ‘Videobox#2’, Paris


  • Galerie droite de l’ENSB-A, ‘Urbanismes’, Paris

  • Parc de St. Cloud, ‘2ème Biennale de St. Cloud, D'un espace à l'autre’, St. Cloud


  • Casino/ Forum d'art contemporain, ‘Hybrid-liquid’, Luxembourg


  • GALERIJA SKC, ‘Pont des Arts’, Beograd



  • Greylight Projects, 'Out of the Blue', Hoensbroek and Brussels, BE


  • Van Reenen School, in the program: JAN HENDERIKSE EN DE ZERO-BEWEGING, curated by Kunst Reserve Bank, by invitation of Wjm Kok, Bergen, Netherlands 


  • LUMA,Texas State University School of Art & Design, San Marcos, USA


  • Marseille Book Fair, ‘Festival du livre, cinema et littérature: livres filmés’, La compagnie, curated by Patrick Javault, Marseille


  • Fondazione White Fish Tank, ‘Images Moving Images’, curated by Anna Franceschini, Fabriano

  • Maison des ensembles, ‘Shaped Cinema’, curated by Isabelle de Visscher-Lemaître, Paris


  • Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, ‘Shaped Cinema’, curated by Clara Schulman, Paris

  • Le Georges, Centre Pompidou, ‘Light Box video program, Bureau des Vidéos/ JRP Ringier’, curated by Clément Dirié, Paris


  • Guggenheim Museum, ‘Play Biennial’, Short list video program, New York

  • Le Georges, Centre Pompidou, ‘Georges abstraction surface air, Bureau des vidéos’, curated by Clément Dirié, Paris


  • Fondation Ricard, ‘Cultural Memories/ Récits Parallèles’, film program curated by Clément Dirié, Paris


  • Istituto Svizzero, ‘Eternal Tour Festival’, Rome


  • Rencontres internationales Paris/ Berlin





2019    American Academy in Rome, MondriaanFonds Affiliate Fellow (with Dina Danish), IT

2018    Sandra Natali Rose residency program (with Dina Danish), Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, IT

2014    Lo Schermo Dell’Arte film festival, VISIO Residency program, Florence, IT

2013    Ashram Joytinat, Festival Dolce India, Corinaldo, IT

2013    ViaFarini Art Center, Milan, IT

2012    PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, TR

2012    Lo Schermo Dell’Arte film festival, VISIO - European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema, Florence, IT

2003    Casino-Luxembourg / Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg-ville, LU





2020    Development stipend, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, NL

2019    International Presentations Grant, Mondriaan Fonds, NL

2018    Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna Sanda Natali Prize, International Presentations Grant, Mondriaan Fonds, NL + IT

2017    Stipendium Program for Established Artists, Mondriaan Fonds, NL

2016    International Presentations Grant, Mondriaan Fonds, NL

2015    Projectinvestering Kunstenaar, Mondriaan fonds, NL

2014    Production stipend, Institut Français de Florence/ Lo Schermo dell’Arte film festival, IT

2014    Research stipend, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, NL

2012    Residency stipend, Institut Français de Florence/ Lo Schermo dell’Arte film festival, IT

2012    Research and Production stipend, PiST-Istanbul/ Mondriaan Fonds, NL-TR

2011    Research and Production stipend, BASISstipendium, Fonds BKVB, NL

2010    Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten residency stipend, Tom and Yvonne De Swaan Fellowship, NL

2010    Production Stipend, Institut Francais des Pays-Bas, NL (2009, 2010)

2003    Travel and research stipend, Institut Français, photography project: 'Typology of Wastelands in Beirut', FR

2001    Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship for art history students, Venice, IT





Philara Museum, Düsseldorf, GE

Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

Museum of modern art of Bologne (MAMbo), IT

Dutch central bank, NL


ViaFarini, Milan, IT

Andaz-Hyatt, Amsterdam, NL

Allen & Overy, Amsterdam, NL

Rijksakademie v. B. K. collectie, Amsterdam, NL

DSM, Sittard, NL

Private collections (IT, NL, BE, FR, GER)



2018   ‘Whatever They Do May It All Turn Out Wrong’, museum catalogue of solo exhibition (with Dina Danish), Editions Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, published by CORRAINI edizioni, Italy; English and Italian language, isbn 978-88-96296-19-6

2016    «Jokes by Jean-Baptiste Maitre» IDFA catalogue, 2016, NL

2016    «RM Basics 00 Human Needs», catalogue of group exhibition, ReflektorM edition, Maria PLaza Lazo, Munich, 2016

2015    ‘Dust: The Plates of the Present, February 2013 – July 2015’, exhibition catalogue, published by Blonde Art Books and Secretary Press, edited by Sonel Breslav, in an edition of 1000. The book will be launched during Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair 2015 at MoMA PS1.

2015    ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre: This Is What I Meant, Part 1 and 2’, online publication at http://flections.net , a project by Aukje Koks, Brussels, BE

2015    ‘In Sight, Thoughts on the collection of De Nederlandsche Bank’, De Nederlandsche Bank, Catalogue, Amsterdam, NL

2015    «Dots, Chance, Pots, Dance, by Jean-Baptiste Maitre», IDFA catalogue, NL

2013    ‘La Salle De Bains, Lyon, Depuis 1999’, exhibitions catalogue, isbn 9782918388029, Les Presses du Réel.

2012    ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre: Shaped Cinema’, isbn 978-90-72076-48-9 / Edition: 500 / Jan van Eyck Ac. publishing/ 64 p. Part of the RKD collection.

2011    ‘Wallpaperism’, exhibition catalogue, 2011, edited by BoaBooks, Isbn: 978-2-940409-43-3

2011    ‘Notes towards a critique of money’, ISBN: 978-90-72076-64-9, author Giorgios Papadopoulos, features artworks by Jean-Baptiste Maitre.

2011    ‘Villa Tokyo’, exhibition catalogue, isbn 978-83-932884-0-3 organized and published by Raster Gallery, Warsaw.

2011    ‘Salon de Montrouge’,Catalogue, ‘Jean-Baptiste Maitre’, Text by Clara Schulmann, Editions Particules (FR, 2011)

2010    ‘Open Ateliers 2010’, catalogue, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2009    ‘Open Ateliers 2009’, catalogue, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2009   ‘Chanting Baldessari’, exhibition catalogue, authors: Paula Van Den Bosch, Glen Rubsamen, Agata Jastrzabek. Editor: BonnefantenmuseumMaastricht, isbn: 978-90-7225-149-7

2007    ‘Yearbook 06’, Jan van Eyck academie editions, 2007. design: Matthijs van Leeuwen, photography: Jean-Baptiste Maitre

2004    ‘D’un espace à l’autre’, Catalogue de la 2eme biennale de Saint-Cloud, 2004, FR

2003    ‘Catalogue Diplomés de L’ENSB-A 2004’, CD-rom, edited by ENSB-A