Koen Hauser (the Netherlands, 1972) is a contemporary artist working with photography and film. He finished his masters of science in social psychology (1996, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden), later followed by studying photography at the Royal Academy of Art and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2002).
Hauser is known for his intangible body of work flowing between fine arts, fashion and applied photography, ranging from purely aesthetical to highly conceptual.
He frequently collaborates with different cultural institutes, museums and archives like gemeentemuseum Den Haag, the National Archive and the Rijksmuseum. Both in commissioned and autonomous projects he uses or references objects from their collections. In working with the Spaarnestad photo archive, that houses over 16 million press images, he created his acclaimed book de Luister van het Land, which was nominated Best verzorgde boek 2009.
As an art teacher he worked at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Willem de Kooning Academie. In 2019 he will start teaching at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague.
He received several grants from the Fonds BKVB, and was awarded the title ‘photographer of the Netherlands’ in 2014. His work is held in both national and international public and private collections, including gemeentemuseum (Den Haag) and the museum of photography (Houston). His work has been shown across Europe, the United States and China in various solo and group exhibitions including FOAM (Amsterdam), Unseen Photofair (Amsterdam), Institut Néerlandais (Paris) and the He Xiang Ning Art Museum (Shigzen, China).
He currently explores digital rendering of sculptural forms such as in the acclaimed virtual sculpture of fashion artists Viktor and Rolf created in commission of Volkskrant Magazine.