Steef Crombach (1992, Maastricht (NL))

Steef Crombach (b. 1992) was born in Maastricht in the South of the Netherlands. Crombach earned her B.F.A from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2014. Her work, 'Wat een zonde', won the 'KABK talent invest' prize. With the funds of this prize, she was able to research into American patterns, objects, colloquialisms, and concrete cultural manifestations in Austin in 2015. Since that time she has been visiting the United States for extended periods of time to curate, teach, exhibit, and research. In March 2018 Crombach officially relocated to Austin. She organized and curated the nine-artist exhibition 'Expedition Batikback' at Co-Lab Projects. She was the first recipient of Big Medium's artist in residence at The Line Hotel. Her work 'Piet' was selected by the Dutch king to be on exhibition at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and she is a recipient of the renowned 'Contribution young talent' grant from the Mondriaan Fund in the Netherlands.


2011-2014 – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague (NL) department: Fine Arts (painting)

2010-2011 – Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (NL) Fine Arts


2019 – Vault Stone Shop, Austin, Texas (USA), Flash Collection (group-show)

2019 – BigMedium's The Line Hotel Residence, Austin, Texas (USA), End-presentation (Solo-show)

2019 – Co-Lab Projects Springdale General Gallery, Austin, Texas (USA), M*A*S*H (Duo-show)

2019 – PumpProject at Cloud Tree Gallery, Austin, Texas (USA), Place + Repeat (Duo-Show)

2018 – Co-Lab Projects Springdale General Gallery, Austin, Texas (USA), Secret Pop-up (group show)

2018 – BigMedium, Austin Texas (USA), BigBanal during the West Austin Studio Tour (group show)

2018 – Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL), Prospects and Concepts 2018 (group show)

2017 – The Royal Palace, Amsterdam (NL), Royal Painters Price 2017 (group show)

2017 – BOLM gallery, Austin, Texas (USA), LOOM (group show)

2017 – Co-Lab Projects' DEMO Gallery, Austin, Texas (USA), Expedition BatikBack (group show)

2017 – Vonkel, The hague (NL), Bij wijze van Ham (solo show)

2016 – BigMedium, Austin Texas (USA), East Austin Studio Tour (group show)

2016 – BigMedium, Austin Texas (USA), West Austin Studio Tour (group show)

2015 – In your living room, Maakhaven, The Hague (NL), The Cliff hanger show
(group show)

2015 – Maagdenhuis, Amsterdam (NL), Bloody Mary (group show)

2015 – Yteismaa NGO, Helsinki (FI), Olohuonenayttely (group show)

2015 – Roodkapje, Rotterdam (NL), Winterwolven RADICALS
 (group show)

2014 – Het Kunstgemaal, Bronckhorst (NL), De Springplank tentoonstelling (group show)

2014 – VROM, Den Haag (NL), 35 titles for a group show (group show)

2013 – NEST, Den Haag (NL), Me, myself and I (group show)


– Recipient Line Residency at The Line Hotel Austin, Bigmedium, Texas, 2019.

– Stroom PRO artprojects contribution for the exhibit 'BigBanal' 2018.

– Full fellowship, Bigmedium, Texas, 2018.

– Nomination Dutch Royal Painters Price, 2017.

– Contribution Young talent, Mondriaan fund, 2017.

– Stroom SPOT group exhibition contribution for the show 'Dirty Daisies', 2016.

– ¾ Fellowship, BigMedium, Texas, 2016.

– Stroom SPOT individual exhibition contribution, 2016

– Full Fellowship, BigMedium, Texas, 2015.

– Stroom SPOT individual exhibition contribution, 2015.

– Winner Stroom KABK Talent Invest 2015.


2016 – Initiator for the exhibition; 'Big Banal' during the West Austin Studio Tour.

2017 – Curator and initiator for the international project; 'Expedition BatikBack', at Co-Lab Projects, Austin.

2016 – Curator for the floating exhibition; 'Dirty Daisies', during Art The Hague.

2016 – Curator for the show 'Everywhere and Always', at gallery for contemporary art Vonkel, The Hague.

2016 – Curator for the show 'Behind the visible', at gallery for contemporary art Vonkel, The Hague.

Additional activities:

Teacher adult classes at the Contemporary Art School Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas.


2019 – Feature on CBS. We are Austin, (July 2019) Celebrating art, culture & community with Big Medium's artist residency at The LINE Austin.

2019 – Sean J Patrick Carney, (May 2019) 'M*A*S*H': Alexis Mabry and Steef Crombach at Co-Lab Projects

2018 – Klaartje Til, (October 2018) Steef Crombach, A Dutch Woman in Austin. Article on the Dutch Digital Magazine for Style and Culture POM.

2018 – Roos van Rij, (July 2018) Februari: Steef Crombach

2017 – Tatiana Ryckman, (August 2017) Steef Crombach, Austin, and 'Hacked' Batik. Profile on the Houston based website Glasstire.

2017 – Jeroen Bosch, (October 2017) Koninklijke prijs voor Schilderkunst 2017

2016 – Bertus Pieters, (oktober 2016) about the show 'Dirty Daisies'.

2016 – Erik Korsten, (July 2016) interview about curating the show 'Everywhere and Always' at gallery Vonkel as part of the radio program 'kunstlicht' on Den Haag FM (starts 15min in).

2016 – David Brendan Hall, (May 2016) Picture of I Bogart in Austin Chronicle.

2014 – TINKEBELL, (Juli 2014). Op zoek naar studenten die superwezens worden.

2014 – Niek Hendrix (juli 2014). Steeds meer druk op kunsttalent; 22 nieuwe makers om goed in de gaten te houden.

2014 – Rosa Helldorfer & Rob Groot Zevert (Nov 2014). Verslagen academie bezoeken.

2014 – Sophia Zürcher, (Juli 2014). Lichting 2014; KABK.

2014 – Niek Hendrix, (juli 2014). Eindexamen Expositie; KABK Den Haag.

2014 – Bertus Pieters, (juli 2014). Graduation Festival. Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague.

2014 – Picture Man-Balloon-Milk, (juli 2014). BK-Informatie

2014 – Lorelinde Verhees, (februari 2014). 35 titles for a group show.


Although my work radiates a resolute materiality in a firm shape, my approach to the world is poetic and speculative. I question the status of objects and situations. In my work I deal with concrete manifestations by adding an almost identical second layer to them. In this way I attempt to unscrew the anchor points in our perception.

The constant attempt to grasp my environment, and the time in which I live, forms the basis of my research. Seats in public transport have such gravitating patterns, and why are road stripes yellow? I collect these patterns, objects, colloquialisms, and cultural beacons, and I try to save them in my own, and others' memory, by copying, morphing, and merging them in my work. This is our environment. This is what it looks like. A lot of artifacts that come forward in my research are the items that shape our surroundings, which should make it easy to navigate through, and make it seem neutral. By showing my collection of 'manifestations with cultural and local significance', often in the form of patterns, I feel like I could enable people to see what invisibly shapes their direct environment and the way they are steered and positioned within it. With this, I hope to offer a more relative perspective upon our present time, and the aspects that might be part of our collective memory when we look back.

I love using craft materials and techniques. Moving these crafts, like batik and quilt, away from their current stigma as part of a feminine tradition and showing them in a contemporary light.