Claude Schmitz


1972, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Europe

Training / Education:

  • 1999-01 Royal College of Art, London; Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, MA
  • 1995-99 Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen Belgium
  • Metalwork and Jewellery (BA Hons)
  • 1993-95 Fachhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz, Abteilung Trier; Interior Design Germany

Work Experience:

Living and working as an independent professional artist and designer in Luxembourg since 2001


  • 2003 Galeria Reverso , for ARCO-University of Fine Arts, and Contacto Directo- Jewellery School Lisbon
  • Portugal
  • 2002 Galerie Orfèo , 'la vie d'artiste au Luxembourg', les midis de l'art Luxembourg
  • 2001 Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art Luxembourg, 'rings on bodies', explanations to the audience

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2004 Galerie Orfèo, Luxembourg
  • 2003 Galeria Reverso, Lisbon Portugal
  • 2002 Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen Holland
  • Galerie Orfèo, Luxembourg Luxembourg
  • 2001 Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art, Luxembourg , 'statement brooches'* (solo exhibition)
  • Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art, Luxembourg , 'rings on bodies'-performance* (solo)

    (* in cooperation with Casino Luxembourg-forum d'art contemporain, 'nuit des musées')

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2004 'SOFA'-art fair, New York (USA), represented by Charon Kransen Arts NY
  • 'Valuable Links, jewels from the OSCE countries'*, National Gallery for Foreign Arts Sofia Bulgaria and Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna
  • 2003 Galeria Reverso, Lisbon ,'5 years' Portugal
  • 'Valuable Links, jewels from the OSCE countries', Maastricht, *(representing Luxembourg, curated by Veronika Schwarzinger, Galerie V&V, Vienna)
  • Galerie Marzee, 'Jewellery- Roermond's choice', Roermond Holland
  • Galerie Slavik, Vienna, 'Schmuckinspirationen und Silbergeräte' Austria
  • 2002 Galeria Reverso, Lisbon , 'Novas Jóias Autores estrangeiros' Portugal
  • FIDEM (Fédération Internationale de la Médaille), Paris, (representing Luxembourg)
  • 'Size Immaterial - contemporary hand-held sculpture', Norwich (GB), (curated by British Museum)
  • 2001 Galerie Orfèo, Luxembourg 'Gallery Artists'
  • 'Midora'-fair, Leipzig, represented by Galerie Marzee Germany
  • Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen , 'Graduate Work' Holland
  • The General Trading Company, London UK
  • Royal College of Art, London, 'The Show 2001' UK
  • 2000 Royal College of Art, London, 'The On Show' UK
  • 1999 Galerie Orfèo, Luxembourg , 'Gallery Artists
  • Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen , 'Graduate Work' Holland
  • Galerie Passage 44, Brussels, 'Axion Art' Belgium
  • Jacob Jordaenshuis, Antwerp , 'Graduation Work' Belgium
  • Salon des Jeunes Artistes du Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg, Esch-Alzette Luxembourg
  • 1998 Galerie Orfèo, Luxembourg , 'Gallery Artists'
  • Galerie Ademloos, The Hague Holland and Galerie Sofie Lachaert Antwerpen , 'T-Shirt'Belgium
  • 1997 Galerie Ademloos, The Hague Holland, 'rings'
  • 1995 Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg , (paintings)

Permanent representation

  • Charon Kransen Arts, New York
  • Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen Holland
  • Galerie Orfèo, Luxembourg
  • Galerie Reverso, Lisbon Portugal
  • Galerie Slavik, Vienna Austria

Awards / Grants:

  • 2000 First Prize, Royal Mint Medal Competition UK
  • 1999 First Prize for 3-dimensional 'Form-giving', Rotary Club Voorkempen-Antwerpen Belgium

Collections (Private & Museum):

  • British Museum, London UK
  • Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art, Luxembourg
  • Royal College of Art, London UK
  • Royal Mint UK


  • 2005 '500 brooches', Lark Books (juror Marjorie Simon)
  • 2004 '1000 rings', Lark Books (juror Robert Ebendorf)
  • 2003 'Valuable Links. Jewels from the OSCE countries'
  • 'Jewellery, Roermond's choice', Galerie Marzee Holland
  • 2002 'FIDEM'-catalogue, (Fédération Internationale de la Médaille), Paris France
  • exhibition catalogue Galerie Marzee Nijmegen Holland
  • 'Explorateur' 2002/2003 Luxembourg, Mike Koedinger éditeur Luxembourg
  • 2001 The Royal College of Art Show 2001 UK
  • international gradation show, Galerie Marzee Nijmegen Holland
  • the flemish connection, Galerie Villa de Bondt, Gent Belgium
  • 1999 Eindexamenwerk, Galerie Marzee Nijmegen Holland
  • 1995 'Salon 95', Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg

Artist Statement:

My work consists of tradition, values, possession, status and a matter of scale and weight. I do not intend to tell a whole story - I just provide the ingredients, the rest is a matter of interpretation.