Rob Voerman was born in 1966 in Deventer, the Netherlands. From 1990 to 1996 he studied sculpture at the Christelijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (CABK), Kampen, the Netherlands, and in 1995 for a few months at the Vestlandets Kunst Akademie, Bergen, Norway. He completed residencies abroad as part of studio and residency programs for artists in London, UK in 2002, Berlin, Germany in 2005, ISCP (International Studio and Curator Program), New York, USA in 2012 and 2013, and Tokyo, Japan in 2018. Voerman's teaching activities have included guest lectureships at the University of California, USA, in 2003, at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2006, and at the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, Germany,in 2008.
He has participated in numerous major international and group exhibitions, including 2022 Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Netherlands, 2019 Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany, 2015 6th and 2017 7th Biennial. Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China, 2016 Sonsbeek 2016, Arnhem and Van Abbehuis, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2014 the 1st Kinshasa Biennale, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, 2009 Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2006 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA, 2004 Taiwan Museum of Modern Art, Taipei, Taiwan.
International solo exhibitions dedicated to the artist have repeatedly included Upstream Gallery, London, UK; 2004 UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; 2015 The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, USA; and 2023 Museum Belvédére, Heerenveen, Netherlands.
Voerman has received a number of awards, including the 2001 Presse Papier Invitation Award, Québec, Canada; 2002 Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes, Paris, France; and the 2005 1st Prize Euregio Award. In 2010 he was awarded the Jeanne Oosting Prize and in 2014 he was a finalist for the Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice, Italy. Rob Voerman lives in Arnhem and works in Groessen, The Netherlands.