Oda Jaune

Selected works


Born in 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oda Jaune lives and works in London. The artist uses her work to portray a tormented yet deeply poetical world. In it, images that are tender, naive and violent, occasionally erotic and funny, are mingled together as Jaune continues her frank exploration of a subconscious freed from convention. Her paintings are unsettling, putting the viewer in a position where abandon is the only option and inhibition is futile.


On the occasion of the group show Désordres – Extraits de la collection Antoine de Galbert, Jean-Michel Alberola and Oda Jaune will be exhibiting their works from March 8, 2024 at the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon. The museum is inviting collector Antoine de Galbert to exhibit more than 250 works from his personal collection.

Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon

From March 8 to July 7, 2024



On the occasion of the group exhibition Je ne suis pas ce que tu vois de moi, Oda Jaune and Jeanne Vicerial are exhibiting their works until  January 26, 2024 at Fondation Francès in Clichy.

Fondation Francès, Clichy

Through January 26, 2024



On the occasion of the group show Les Fleurs du mal, Oda Jaune exhibits her work Fleurs from October 18, 2023, at Maison Guerlain in Paris.

Maison Guerlain, Paris

From October 18 to November 13, 2023


On the occasion of the group show Individual All-Around, Oda Jaune exhibits her works from September 22, 2023 at Timișoara Garrison Command in Romania.

Timișoara Garrison Command, Romania

From September 22 to December 3, 2023



As part of the group show Immortelle at MO.CO, Oda Jaune, Abdelkader Benchamma and Orsten Groom will be exhibiting their work from March 11 to May 7, 2023.


Immortelle offers an ambitious panorama of young French figurative painting. For the first time, the exhibition will be spread over all the art centres and will be organised in two parts.

MO.CO, Montpellier

From March 11 to May 7, 2023



As part of the group show De leur temps at the Frac Grand Large, Jean-Michel Alberola, Oda Jaune, Michael Ray Charles and Prune Nourry will exhibit their works from 28 January to 23 April 2023.

Frac Grand Large, France

From January 28 to April 23, 2023


GROUP SHOW – Uncanny Depths  

“Uncanny depths” proposes a historical walk and a reflection on time, around the notion of antiquity value theorized by Alois Riegl. Taking place in the MAMO, the former gymnasium of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse, conceived as an inverted ship’s hull, the exhibition takes the form of a baroque, undulating and archaeological fantasy, a resurgence of the myth of Atlantis and of the most mysterious and disturbing incarnations of the forces of time.

Oda Jaune - Uncanny depths

MAMO, Cité Radieuse de Marseille

Through June 12, 2022


HEART – Romanticism in Contemporary Art

Le Musée de la Vie romantique presents a selection of around 40 art works by thirty contemporary artists on the representation of heart as an expression of the feeling of love, echoing one of the main themes of Romanticism.
This exhibition aims to open the cultural program of the museum beyond the nineteenth century by exploring the continuation of Romanticism in contemporary art, in resonance with the museum’s collections. The heart as an organ, motif and symbol is presented here through various techniques: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, neon and photography.
In addition to the emblematic figures of Niki de Saint Phalle, Jim Dine, Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Pierre and Gilles, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Françoise Pétrovitch, visitors will be able to discover about twenty other artists in this exhibition. 

Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris, France

February 14 - July 12, 2020

The Caress 

Oda Jaune is presenting a new artistic project travelling through the remote, unspoiled landscapes of Bulgaria.

Her sculpture The Caress, created in summer 2018, has been on the move since September, following a secret itinerary that will conclude near Sofia in spring 2019. The sculpture, first installed on the rocky shores of the Black Sea in Varvara, currently overlooks the Kaolin quarries in Vetovo, close to the Danube.

Oda Jaune’s dream was to rise to the challenge of creating an encounter, where a subtle work, open to interpretation, meets nature and local people. Her Caress, with its delicate and sensual draping, evokes the Pietà artistic tradition. The work is unsettling, questioning the concept of fusion and the nature of the love that binds the protagonists: are they mother and son, lovers, twins?

The reactions of local residents and passers-by to this enigmatic work, displayed far from a museum setting, are an integral part of the project.

TRAVELLING PROJECT, BULGARIAFrom September 2018 to May 2019

Hands – Solo Show

Oda Jaune’s installation Hands created especially for SEEN shows a symbiosis of light and shadow, confronting the viewers with the question of their own existence.  Under the candle flame, the sculpture becomes animated: shadows start to dance, candles melt away. The installation functions as a memento, created through life and death.

SEEN is a new project space curated by Joanna De Vos. The concept is simple: one room, one previously unseen artwork, one artist. 

SEEN, ANTWERP, BELGIUM From 23/05/2019 to 13/07/2019


Heartland – solo show

The National Gallery is presenting Oda Jaune in Bulgaria for the first time ever, with a large-scale retrospective exhibition gathering 50 of the artist‘s work in painting, sculpture and water-colours from the earliest periods of her carеer to present times. 

Oda Jaune’s style is remindful of the Old Masters yet jettisons the viewer into the world of surrealism, and German expressionism alike. For she has created a world of her own, where the artist does not have to bow to the conventional, and her work probes deep into the subconscious. Oda Jaune creates an alternative universe full of omnipowerful beauty and calm, poetry and romanticism while remaining mindful of the potent forces of violence, eroticism and irony.

Mindful of detail and proportions, careful of how she changes the scale, applying a photorealistic precision in her creation of individual shapes, the artist engages in a juxtaposition of the elements, a principle that becomes prominent in her visual narrative. Emotional states and images emerging from the subconscious, come out of the depths to materialize on the surface into part horrible, part entertaining images. The viewer freely enters the fairy world of fantasies, only to be submerged into a vortex of emotions. For this viewer has been entangled in a crossword, a visual enigma whose central part contains the whole truth about the artist‘s attitude to love and eroticism, to fear and pain.

Curated by Nadezhda Dzhakova



The Sensation of the Sea. In honour of Bas Jan Ader – group show

From 14 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 The Sensation of the Sea: In Honour of Bas Jan Ader is presented at The Mesdag Collection in The Hague. For this exhibition, guest curator Joanna De Vos has invited several international artists to engage in a dialogue with The Mesdag Collection. These contemporary artists are captivated by the grandeur and tempestuousness of the ocean. The attraction of the sea is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for them, a ‘battery for the imagination’. Odes to the performance In Search of the Miraculous by the Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) form the exhibition’s connecting thread. Ader disappeared in 1975 as he attempted to sail across the Atlantic. His soul became one with the untameable power of the sea. The tributes to Ader’s artistic practice highlight the enticement and mystery of the ocean. Visitors are encouraged to discover how the contemporary artworks integrate into the nineteenth-century museum and to prepare themselves for a series of surprising and special ‘encounters’.




MADEMOISELLE – group show

MADEMOISELLE, is a group exhibition that brings together a generation of international women artists exploring the issues and paradoxes of being a young woman today, through a variety of mediums and a broad range of subjects.

Referencing France’s recent ban on the title ‘Mademoiselle’ and drawing upon the past years’ global interest in women’s rights, best characterized as the #MeToo phenomenon, the exhibition exposes the manifold heritage, expansion and evolution of feminist art strategies and theories today. 

With among others Oda Jaune, Laure Prouvost, Mai-Thu Perret, Pilar Corrias, Anna Uddenberg, Mimosa Echard, Gery Georgevia

CRAC, SETE, FRANCE From 21/07/2018 to 06/01/2019


« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » – group show

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist’s quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .

OSTENDE, BELGIUMFrom 21/10/17 to 15/04/18


The Artist/Knight(Group show)

Knights appeal to everyone’s imagination. What does this iconic symbol stand for? Do the knightly codes and values still have meaning today? Curator Joanna De Vos investigated and now creates in Gaasbeek Castle an international group exhibition of modern artistry as a ‘legacy’ of knightly ideals. 

With works by Marina Abramović, Uldus Bakhtiozina, Horia Damian, Robert Devriendt, Davide Dormino, Jan Fabre, Laurent Grasso, Phil Griffin, Oda Jaune, Kubra Khademi, Meiro Koizumi, Pere Llobera, Barbara Kruger, Kris Martin, Jonathan Meese, Fabien Mérelle, Benjamin Moravec, Eleni Mylonas, Luigi Ontani, Antonis Pittas, Quiet Ensemble, Gabriel Roca, Rob Scholte, Adeela Suleman, Hannelore Van Dijck, Hans Van Houwelingen, Marko Velk, Antonello Viola, voorforvaast fanclub and Andy Wauman

GAASBEEK CASTLEFrom 7/11/17 to 11/5/17 


Un monde in-tranquille (Exhibition group)

CAC MEYMAC, FRANCEFrom 7/9/17 to 10/15/17


‘Peindre, dit-elle’ – group show

“Paint, She Said”, celebrates the current buoyant state of painting and particularly of painting by women artists living in France. Grouped under this title (reminiscent of Marguerite Duras’ film and book “Destroy She Said”) are a selection of established or up-and-coming artists who have clearly placed themselves in a painterly tradition and contribute to its continuing renewal. 

With Oda Jaune, Giulia Andreani Farah Atassi, Amélie Bertrand Anne Brégeaut, Marion Charlet Coraline de Chiara, Nina Childress Béatrice Cussol, Hélène Delprat Vanessa Fanuele, Vidya Gastaldon, Maude Maris Elodie Lesourd, Iris Levasseur Eva Nielsen, Laure Prouvost ClaireTabouret, Delphine Trouche.


MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, DOLE, FRANCEFrom 3/10/2017 to 5/28/2017

Intrigantes Incertitudes, dessin contemporain – group show

In the spring of 2016, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine de Saint-Étienne Métropole is opening “Intriguing Uncertainties”, an exhibition which has been orchestrated by the Museum’s Director Lóránd Hegyi. Both intimate and universal this exhibition invites the visitor to explore the world of contemporary drawing. Bringing together well-known artists from Europe, Africa and North & South America this exhibition delves into the cultural heritage of our societies, from the Middle Ages to symbolism, from Mannerism to Romanticism, Baroque to Surrealism. The visitor will discover drawings and artwork by Günter Brus, Dennis Oppenheim, Jan Fabre and Jim Dine, great figures in the world of contemporary art rubbing shoulders with the youngest artists on the horizon like Pierre Seinturier, Lee Bul, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra and Jana Gunstheimer.

Featured artists: Ruth Barabash, Matt Bollinger, Günter Brus, Guglielmo Castelli, Gianni Dessi, Nicolas Dieterlé, Erik Dietman, Jim Dine, Matías Duville, Per Dybvig, Barbara Eichhorn, Jan Fabre, Andrea Fogli, Adrian Ghenie, Ugo Giletta, Erich Gruber, Jana Gunstheimer, Allison Hawkins, Veronika Holcová, Oda Jaune, Marine Joatton, Nina Kovacheva, Juul Kraijer, Lee Bul, Iris Levasseur, Felice Levini, Christian Lhopital, Maude Maris, Peter Martensen, Andreï Molodkin, Alois Mosbacher, Muntean / Rosenblum, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, László László Révész, Pierre Seinturier, Kiki Smith, Barthélémy Toguo, Didier Trenet, Elmar Trenkwalder, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Fabien Verschaere.

Curator: Lorand Hegyi, Director of the Museum.



‘GENRE IDÉAL ?’, collective show

Associated with FIAC Parcours Privé, Guerlain focuses its new show at Maison Guerlain on the Champs Elysées in Paris on the gender issues. The selection of works gathered in the exhibition explore this complex notion through symbolical, poetical or intimate approaches.

With Vanessa Beecroft, Valérie Belin, Jean Cocteau, Oda Jaune, David LaChapelle,Christopher Makos, Javier Perez, Pierre et Gilles, Bettina Rheims, Elsa Sahal, Claire Tabouret, Agnès Thurnauer, Joana Vasconcelos, Li Yongbin.

MAISON GUERLAIN, PARISFrom 10/16/2015 to 11/13/2015  

‘Peindre, dit-elle’, collective show

“Paint, She Said”, celebrates the current buoyant state of painting and particularly of painting by women artists living in France. Grouped under this title (reminiscent of Marguerite Duras’ film and book “Destroy She Said”) are a selection of established or up-and-coming artists who have clearly placed themselves in a painterly tradition and contribute to its continuing renewal. 

With Oda Jaune, Giulia Andreani Farah Atassi, Amélie Bertrand Anne Brégeaut, Marion Charlet Coraline de Chiara, Nina Childress Béatrice Cussol, Hélène Delprat Vanessa Fanuele, Vidya Gastaldon, Maude Maris Elodie Lesourd, Iris Levasseur Eva Nielsen, Laure Prouvost ClaireTabouret, Delphine Trouche



GROUP SHOW, Who’s Afraid of picture(s)

With Gilles Balmet / Marcos Carrasquer / Marc Desgrandchamps / Léo Dorfner / Erró / Hervé Ic / Oda Jaune /  Kosta Kulundzic / Jean-Jacques Lebel / David Lefebvre / Frédéric Léglise / Thomas Lévy-Lasne / Li Tianbing / Simon Pasieka / Stéphane Pencréach / Nazanin Pouyandeh / Johann Rivat / Lionel Sabatté / Claire Tabouret / Davor Vrankic / Duncan Wylie / Lamia Ziadé.

The exhibition questions the way that painters deal with the images today, how they capture or defy them.
Curator Frédéric Leglise volontarily chose to exhibit artists from different generations, most of them based or having been based in France.


Le Mur – Works from the Antoine de Galbert Collection(Group Show)

From June 14th to September 21st 2014

À l’occasion de son 10e anniversaire, la maison rouge présente du 14 juin au 21 septembre 2014,
Le mur – oeuvres de la collection Antoine de Galbert, onzième volet de la série d’expositions consacrées aux collections privées.

Après dix expositions proposant des univers de collectionneurs variés, cette date anniversaire est l’occasion de montrer enfin largement la collection du fondateur et président de la maison rouge, Antoine de Galbert, une part d’intimité qui lui est chère et qu’il n’a jusqu’à présent que peu dévoilée. Mais à l’inverse des précédents projets autour de collections particulières, réalisés avec des commissaires qui ont fait des choix représentatifs dans de larges corpus d’œuvres, l’accrochage imaginé par Antoine de Galbert comporte cette fois-ci une spécificité remarquable :

« L’idée de cette exposition est née de l’observation quotidienne de ma bibliothèque, où le classement alphabétique des monographies crée d’invraisemblables voisinages. Jean Dubuffet cohabite avec Marcel Duchamp sur le même rayonnage. Cette “arche de Noé” me donne la sensation que tous les artistes naviguent sur le même fleuve pour les mêmes raisons, comme le remarque Christian Boltanski : « Que ce soit Aloïse, moi ou un artiste du 16e siècle, ce sont les mêmes questions qui sont posées : la mort, la recherche de la beauté, la nature, le sexe… Les sujets en art sont très limités. Seuls les mots et les vocabulaires diffèrent (…)». La bibliothèque est tout à la fois archive de la collection, souvenirs visuels d’un long voyage et musée imaginaire du collectionneur. […] Délaissant l’idée déjà explorée par certains commissaires d’expositions, d’un accrochage par ordre alphabétique, j’ai choisi de présenter l’essentiel des œuvres de ma collection, s’accrochant au mur, à l’aide d’un logiciel renseigné seulement par leurs formats (encadrées) et leurs numéros d’inventaires. (…)

image : © Marc Domage



Voyages Interieurs(Group show)

From April 18th to June 30th 2013

Voyages Intérieurs, 7ème accrochage de Maison Particulière, célèbre les deux ans d’existence du centre d’art.
A travers leurs regards, les collectionneurs témoignent de leurs passions.
En s’emparant du thème Voyages Intérieurs chaque collectionneur, à sa manière, a exprimé ses rêves, ses voyages, au sens propre comme au sens figuré. Chaque voyage est une expérience et chaque collection détient bien souvent de multiples voyages. (…)

Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium


Winner for Pierre Cardin painting price

Prix Pierre Cardin pour la peinture décerné par l’Académie des Beaux Arts de Paris

L’Académie des beaux-arts encourage et soutient la création dans toutes ses expressions.
Le 21 novembre 2012, sous la Coupole de l’Institut de France, l’Académie des beaux-arts a
proclamé dans le cadre de sa séance publique le palmarès des Prix qu’elle a décernés au
titre de l’année 2012. (…)

Institut de France, Paris, France


A-part Festival international d’art contemporain alpilles provence(Group show)


From July 6th to October 27th 2012

Du vendredi 6 juillet au samedi 27 octobre 2012, la Fondation Francès présente ’exposition Hybride. L’artiste invitée à cette occasion est Oda Jaune de la galerie Daniel Templon. Cette 9ème exposition propose une immersion à l’intérieur des corps et de l’être afin d’en dévoiler leur intimité. Les
regards déformants d’Oda Jaune croisés à ceux des oeuvres choisies de la collection Francès, tels que : Nobuyoshi Araki, Sam Francis, Lucian Freud,
Mathieu Mercier, Jean Rustin, Jenny Saville, Dash Snow et Mircea Suciu proposent au visiteur un métissage des formes et révèlent la profondeur
de l’être. (…)

Fondation Frances, Senlis


Être Chairs (Oda Jaune with Sandra Vasquez de la Horra)

From March 17th to April 29 th 2012

Cette exposition associe les univers plastiques d’Oda Jaune et de Sandra Vásquez de la Horra dans une manifestation en forme de dialogue.
Envisagée sur les trois espaces de la Maison de la Culture (Hall, Espace Meuse, Espace Sambre), cette manifestation fait coexister deux expositions personnelles avec un projet de rencontre qui s’élaborera in situ et en collaboration avec les artistes. (…)

Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur, Belgium