Willem Oorebeek was born in 1953 in Pernis, the Netherlands, and studied painting, printmaking and drawing at the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Oorebeek has held various teaching positions, including at the Jaan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht from 1989 to 1996 and for De Ateliers in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the Hochschule der Künste in Hamburg, Germany, and in 2012 a teaching position at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. From 2008 to 2020, Willem Oorebeek was co-founder, lecturer and mentor of the WIELS residency program. Since 2021, he has been a member of the WIELS General Assembly, Brussels, Belgium.
In 1997, Willem Oorebeek designed the Dutch Pavilion at the 47th Biennale di Venezia, Italy, together with Aernout Mik. He has published numerous artist books, including Willem Oorebeek. MetZonderKOP (2005) and Joelle Tuerlinckx, Willem Oorebeek. IMAGE, or WITH THE FOOT IN REALITY (2004). Of his numerous solo exhibitions, most notable are those held in 1988 and 2001 at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in 1994 at Witte de With, Rotterdam, and in 2008 at Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal. Willem Oorebeek has lived and worked in Brussels since 1994.
Willem Oorebeek is interested in information technology and works with various reproduction techniques. He is deeply involved in the transformation of printed information through mirroring, projection and display in terms of the mechanisms of representation.read more read less