Hanneke Beaumont was born in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She undertook the majority of her artistic studies in Belgium, first at the Académie de Braine l’Alleud. She then focused predominantly on sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de La Cambre and at the Hogere Rijksschool voor Beeldende Kunsten in Anderlecht.
Although she held her first solo exhibition in 1983 in Brussels, her defining career moment came in 1994, when she received the major award of the Centre International d'Art Contemporain Chateau Beychevelle for her sculpture group entitled Le Courage. She followed this by participating in the second Exposiciòn Internacional de Esculturas en la Calle, organised by the Colegio de Arquitectos de Canarias in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where her work was permanently installed.
Since then, Beaumont has steadily established a renowned international reputation, exhibiting in the US, UK, Canada and numerous European countries. She is particularly well-known for her monumental installations in Brussels, such as Stepping Forward in front of the European Council building, Le Départ at Brussels Airport and Le Courage at the entrance to Erasmus Hospital. In 2011, Beaumont was also presented with the ‘Pietrasanta e la Versilia Nel Mondo’ award in Italy, joining a select group of prestigious contemporary artists, including Botero, Pomodoro and Marc Quinn.