Erik van Lieshout (1968, Deurne, The Netherlands) is a Dutch artist whose projects are multi-media installations encompassing video presented in specially built video rooms/installations, often encircled by collages of drawings and paintings. In his work van Lieshout addresses a multitude of contemporary socio-political issues such as multiculturalism, right-wingers, the position of minorities and outsiders as well as the modern consumer society. Van Lieshout looks at these issues from a radically personal point of view, putting himself into the actual environment at hand. By typically not adapting to the general behavior of his surrounding he becomes an active player in the action which causes many humoristic situations but also provokes strong reactions of others.
Erik van Lieshout studied at the Academy of Art and design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Ateliers '63 both situated in the Netherlands. His work has been internationally shown, featuring large solo and group exhibitions at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2021), Annet Gelink Gallery, 2020), Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2019), South London Gallery (2017), Hannover Kunstverein (2017), Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2016), TENT Rotterdam, Pauluskerk, Rotterdam (2016), Tessaloniki Biennale, Tessaloniki (2015), FRAC - Nord - Pas de Calais, Dunkerque (2014), Center for Contemporary Culture - GCCC, Moscow (2014), Moscow Bienale, Moscow (2013), 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013), Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo (2012), Art Unlimited, Basel (2011), Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva (2009), The Museum Boijmans van Beunigen, Rotterdam (2006) and many other.