About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

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  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/922
  • First Name: Anita
  • Last Name: Groener
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Netherlands
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Website: www.anitagroener.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Drawing
    • Installation
    • Scuplture
    • Animation
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Mixed Media
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Figurative/ Abstract
  • Interests:
    • Narratives and conditions of migration
  • Represented By: Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
  • Public Art: Yes
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Other
    • Facebook EMEA Headquarters, Dublin
    • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin.

other Info Source:

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Directory (1997)


1985 Independent Artists. Painting Award.
1995 Iontas. Award Winner.


Hutchinson, John, Circa, (August/September 1986)


1980 Tehatex, Mollerinstitute, Tilburg, BA Fine Art.
1982 Hoge School voor de Kunsten, Arnheim, MA Painting.

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Anita Groener is an established artist with a multi-media practice. Through drawing, painting, large scale installation, film, and animation, she asks what it is to be human today. Her work explores the substance of trauma and loss rooted in this question, focusing on archetypal and psychological resonances. The deliberately modest means of Groener’s work speak to the fragility of contemporary life and society that humanitarian crises expose. Her art implicates herself and us, asking questions about the ethics of witnessing and aesthetic response.

Groener's expressionist paintings explore internal dialogues between ones cultural origins and the awareness of ones self with in another society and cultural environment. Fragmented texts and other images are deliberatley hidden under translucent layers of paint. These are often repeated to reflect a change in time and place. Groener moved to Ireland in 1982. She has been a member of the Independent Artists Group since 1985 and is a senior lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology School of Art and Design. Photographic documentation of exhibitions involving this artist at The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast are available in NIVAL. Search online special collections under "Fenderesky Gallery Image Collection" for more information. File contains newspaper clippings, catalogues, images and photographs of artist's work.

There is a file in the digital ephemera related to this artist. If you have a login then click here to access it.