Charl Landvreugd was born in Paramaribo, Suriname and grew up in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Aesthetically, politically, theoretically as well as practically, black is the base color in his practice. Landvreugd has studied at the Goldsmiths College (London) and Columbia University (NYC), and continued his investigations of black and Blackness. He explores the plurality of black hues and advocates for distinctions in black diversity.
Although Landvreugd works as a visual artist, creating mainly sculpture, installation and video. He has also a wide experience as a curator and a writer, working in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Charl Landvreugd uses Black as an instrument to speak off our communal efforts to bridge cultural gaps worldwide.Since 2009, Landvreugd has already shown his work in New York, London and Amsterdam, and also is his home country, Suriname, along with some of the other artists presented in this exhibition at C&H art space.
Despite of his short career, this young artist has already developed three artist residencies, participated in several publications and curated exhibitions with other artists, all related to black-Dutch artists in Dutch society.
In 2011 he curated the exhibition Agnosia, at Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost in Amsterdam. With Agnosia Charl Landvreugd explores different expressions of the visual language of black Dutch artists. For this group exhibition Landvreugd selected artists who were born and/or grew up in the Netherlands. He wants to show how their position as Black Europeans is visible in their work. With Agnosia Landvreugd explores several expressions of Black Dutch visual language. In this exhibition he investigates the Black Dutch artist landscape by means of a sculpture of Felix the Rooij, drawings of Avantia Damberg and Faranú, paintings of Patrick de Vries, a mural by Tiquestar Illuminat Rex, ceramics by Brian Coutinho and a performance of Rose Manuel.
In 2012 he participated in the exhibition Who More Sci-Fi Than Us, contemporary art from the Caribbean curated by Nancy Hoffman.