Naomi Middelmann

Naomi Middelmann

Lausanne, Switzerland

About Naomi Middelmann

Juxtapositions of transparency, textures, gestures, shapes and traces of color on raw canvas, paper, layers of gauze or plexiglass explore the question of memory. How do we represent what we think we know and think we remember?

Our memories can be recounted and remembered to infinity according to the point of departure of our story and the context in which we remember.

My interest in the ambiguity of perception and in what we think we know, as well as in how artists can contribute to scientific study on perception and understanding the creative process have led me to actively collaborate and design research projects with various leading neuroscientists at top universities in the USA, Germany and Switzerland.

​I have given public lectures and participated in academic study days at museums, galleries as well as at academic institutions on the subject of perception, my own artistic process and the place of art and artists in society today.

Born in Switzerland, I moved to New York when I was 16. After earning a degree in Creative writing and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (with a 4 year scholarship for Outstanding Academic achievement) , I started a publishing house with a friend in New York. When I returned to Switzerland, I earned a postgraduate degree in the visual arts from the Visual Art School in Basel in 2009.

Since graduating from art school late 2009, my work and process has been shown in over 50 solo and group shows in galleries and art fairs in Europe, USA and Switzerland. My work is featured in public and major private collections in Switzerland , Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA.

I am on the organising committee for the Lausanne artist association APERTI.


Bachelor degree in Creative Writing and in International Relations, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

2004-2009 Visual Art School, Basel (degree in Visual Arts and Visual Arts Education), Switzerland


Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 2021


DRAWING Madrid 2021

CDAC gallery CH 2020

L'Abordage Gallery, CH 2020,

CHUV Gallery, CH 2019

Gallery Edouard Roch , CH 2019

Gallery Golsa, Oslo, NO, 2019

The cubes Gallery, CH 2019

Hybrid art fair, Madrid, ES, 2019

Space Station gallery, CH 2019

CDAC gallery, CH 2018

JUSTLX, PT, 2018

MAREK Kralewski gallery solo show, Freiburg,
Germany 2017

Winner of Neuropsychologia cover art March 2016 and August 2016

Cover art for Trends in Neuroscience journal


Solo Exhibits (selection)

2008 Mercerie 12, Lausanne, CH
2010 Espace Tour, Lausanne, CH
2011 Gallery Arcane, Corcelles CH
2011 Gallery Pré-du-Marché, CH
2012 Gallery Edouard Roch, Ballens CH
2013 Gallery SpaceStation, Lausanne CH
2013 Gallery Arcane, Corcelles (NE), CH
2014 Gallery Edouard Roch, CH
2014 Gallery EPFL, Lausanne, CH
2016 Gallery Edouard Roch, CH
2016 Space Station (Off space), CH
2016 Basel Klein Kunsthalle, Basel, CH
2017 MK gallery, Freiburg, DE
2018 CDAC gallery, CH
2019. Les Cubes, CH
2019. Spacestation gallery,
2019. Gallery Edouard Roch, CH
2019 Gallery Chuv, CH
2020 Gallery L'Abordage, CH
2021 Cdac gallery CH

Group Exhibits (selection)

2011 Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, USA
2012 Gallery Espace Aurore, CH
2012 JayKay Gallery, Carrouge, CH
2012 “International Drawing 2012”, The Swiss Art Space , CH
2013 Gallery Edouard Roch, “30 years”, CH
2015 « Displaced » Node Gallery, Helsinki, FI
2015 EPFL Art space, Lausanne, CH
2015 “Swiss Contemporary Abstract”
Gallery Rossi, Geneva, CH
2015 Galerie Edouard Roch, Ballens CH
2016 Kunsthalle, Klein Basel, CH
2017 Galerie Edouard Roch, CH
2017 Vercelli Cultural and Art Foundation, Italy
2017 The Core project, Dublin Ireland
2017 Club des artistes exhibit and performance, CH
2018 The Appartement, Verbier Art Summit, CH
2018 La Galerie de Poche, CH
2018 La Galerie Roch, CH
2019 La Galerie Roch, CH
2019 CDAC, Lausanne CH
2019 Gallery Golsa. Norway
2020 espace Schilling, CH
2021 Gallery Roch CH
2021 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Art Fairs
2015 “Art Contemporaries” special project of Art Athina, GR
2015 Art Vilnius , UFOFABRIK Gallery, LI
2015 CAR (Contemporary art Ruhr), DE
2015 Paratissima, Torino, UFOFABRIK, IT
2016 Cuarto Publico, UfoFabrik, SP
2016 Verona Art Fair, UfoFabrik IT
2016 CAR, UfoFabrik, DE
2017 YIA Art Fair, Kunsthalle Klein Basel, NL
2017 YIA, Kunstlalle Kleinbasel, Basel, CH
2018 jUSTLX, PT, UFOFabrik Gallery
2019 Hybrid Art Fair, Madrid, SPAIN
2021 Drawing Now Madrid

In various major private and public collections in Switzerland, Europe and the USA

Publications, Catalogues, Media coverage
2012 Journal La liberté, Switzerland
2012 Catalogue « Art takes Miami», USA
2012 Drawing 2012, catalogue, CH
2013 Journal de Moudon, Switzerland
2013 24 heures, Switzerland
2014 EPFL Flash magazine, CH
2015 24 Heures CH
2015 Cover art for Nov. issue Neuropsychologia
2015 Art Reveal magazine (5 page feature)
2016 Hardbib magazine feature story
2016 Gazette des Arts feature story
2016 Interview on CQFD; RTS 1
2016 Aperti X, Atelier et Intimité book
2016 Articulaction, Feature article
2016 Coverart for “Neuropsychologia”
2016 Coverart for “Trends in Neuroscience”
2016 24 Heures, CH
2017 National Public Radio Interview
2019 Artist to watch, 24Heures Ch
2019 Le Courrier, CH
2019 National Public Radio interview

Conferences and public talks
2015 Brains takes on art, Gallery Rossi, CH
2016 SIK ISEA Conference on the artistic process, Musée de Pully, CH
2017 "Réflexions sur la perception", Conférence Aperti, Palais de Rumine, CH
2018 Finished /unfinished CDAC CH

Scholarships and Prizes

​Scholarship for academic achievement, Hackley, New York
Samuel Eldridge Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Johns Hopkins University
​2012 Scope Miami art fair billboard winner
2015 “ TINA” Prize finalist
2015 Saatchi art-prize semi-finalist
2015 Artavita Apexart semi-finalist
2015 "Art Special Contemporaries" art project, Art Arthina
2016 Curated Project for Verona Art Fair Winner
2021 Art research grant Winner from Swiss Government