Fred Robeson

Unbuilding Permanent Structures, reinforcing steel, concrete canvas,acrylic paint, inkjet print, pencil, 2016.

My work focuses on the impact the economic and political climate has on our urban and natural surroundings. Cities and nature expand and shrink, through war, natural disasters and loss of cultures. More and more though, cities and nature are being treated as currency in an explosive market for natural resources or real estate, and there is a complete disregard for the iinhabitants. Refugee camps are turning into new (temporal) cities, cities are being gentrified and nature is still disappearing at an alarming rate.

The fragmentary architectural and natural elements in the work refer to the different transformations our cities and environments are constantly undergoing. Building, unbuilding and rebuilding our realm creating a gentrified world.

Future Architecture

Refugee camps are being set up as a ‘city’ of temporary structures. Sometimes though the camps are there for years, turning into more permanent constructions.


I am initially trained as an architect at the TU Eindhoven. In 2008 I started making art in addition to my architectural work. I was looking for a form in which my imagination, detached from the functionality and the many laws and rules within architecture, could flourish. In 2012 I decided to start working full-time as an artist and retired from my architectural career.

I exhibited extensively in Europe amongst others at: Dublin Contemporary 2011, Royal Academy Summer Show 2014, Royal College of Art Graduation Show 2014, Fluorescent Art Festival Soho 2015. I made commissions for National University Ireland Galway 2011, St James Group in corporation with Future city and the Royal College of Art 2014, The Art house London 2016 and numerous private collectors. I am represented in the collections of the Royal College of Art, National University Ireland Galway, St James Group and private collections in The Netherlands, Ireland, USA, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Israel, Italy, China, Belgium and Japan.  


Fred Robeson