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Zoya Niedermann is part of a group of sculptors who have returned to casting in bronze, and beneath this very traditional material our eyes unravel her perfectly formulated gestures that have been transformed into three dimensions. Niedermann strives to seek unity between organic and geometric lines, often using the solitary human form as her subject. She balances simple basic elements which gradually unfold into something more elaborate. We feel an inner metamorphosis.

For example the "Arch Figures" join two vertical forms with a twisted, seemingly flexible path. The flow of inner life is conveyed with the possibility of movement. This bronze sculpture stands permanently in the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum since l993 when Niedermann was awarded the Hakone Open-Air Museum Price at the prestigious Fujisankei Biennale; won in previous years by such well-known artists as Anthony Caro, Cesar, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Reg Butler, to name a few.  

Niedermann's first sculptures emerged years before her studies at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School and Concordia University in the 70s. She traveled extensively abroad and in the early 80's produced a series in welded steel on the theme "The City". Then she spent several years in New York City where she experienced firsthand the energy of the artistic community there. With the opening of La Maison des Cooperants in the early 90's she initiated a conceptual project called "A Year in the Life of an Artist" and presented a new project each month to the public for one year and documented its progress. Always returning to Italy where she has been casting her work for over twenty years.

Niedermann's drawings and paperwork exhibit her exceptional ability to seek out depth of form even on a flat surface. Her collage reliefs uniquely explore the lone figure through the eyes of the sculptor.

She has many exterior sculptures world-wide including Canada, at the Industrial Life Tower in Montreal; at the George Bernard Shaw Theater in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario; and in private collections in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Australia, U.S.A., and Japan. Niedermann was born in Montreal in l954 and now lives and works in Montreal, Pietrasanta and New York City.




Selected Exhibitions


1978   Concordia University, Montreal
1983-1984 1er et 2e Salon National des Galeries d'art, Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

1988   Galerie Dominion, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (solo)
1989   Studio d'art La Subbia, Livorno, Italy
1989   Galleria Poma Lugano, Switzerland
1990   Galerie Dominion, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (solo)
1990   Musée d'Art de Joliette, Joliette, Quebec, Canada
1991   Galerie Frank Pages, Baden-Baden, Germany (solo)
1992   La Maison des Coopérants, Montreal, Quebec,  Canada (solo)
1993   Biennale Fujisankei, Tokyo, Japan
1993   Grand Palais FIAC, Paris, France (solo)

1994   Art Chicago International, Chicago, U.S.A.
1994   Art International New York, New York, U.S.A
1995   Art Frankfurt, Francfort, Germany
1996   Art Miami, Miami Beach, U.S.A
1996   Art Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
2001   Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2002   Marcel Scheiner Gallery, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina U.S.A
2004   Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2006   Galerie D'este, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 
2007   The Robert Poulin Collection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2007   L'Association des galeries d'art Coontemporain Papier 07, Montreal, Quebec, Canada





C. N. Marine, M. V. Caribou, North Sidney, Nova Scotia, Canada

George Bernard Shaw Theatre* Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Collection Lavalin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Bombardier Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

La Corporation Première Quebec *Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Collection du Bistro à Champlain Sainte-Marguerite du Lac Masson, Quebec

Horowitz House Publishing*, Sidney, Australia

Mario Botta, architecte, Lugano, Switzerland

Windsor University Library, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Musée en p1ein air Hakone* Tokyo, Japan

Porcelli Marmi S.N.C., Florence, Italy

Canderel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Musee d'art Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, de Young Musuem, San Fransico, California

* Exterior installations