Adriaan Diedericks’ (b. 1990, Cape Town) is a South African sculptor based in Strand, Cape Town. He grew up in rural Piketberg and his upbringing there has had a great impact on his work. After graduating with a Degree in Fine Art from Stellenbosch University in 2012, he did an apprenticeship with Lionel Smit from 2013 until the end of 2014.
My work attempts to mimic the expansive landscape of my youth. This is evident in the manner in which my practice continually spills forth from drawing into three-dimensionality. Through sculpture I attempt to manipulate the messages inherent to scale and material, having worked in povera substances such as found wood and plastic, often solidifying it in permanence through the use of bronze.
Born in South Africa, Bruce developed an early passion for the African wilderness through his childhood spent in the bushveld. He became a conservationist and professional game ranger, working at the famous private game reserves of Londolozi and Singita in the South African bushveld. For the following ten years he lived on a private conservation project in the Eastern Cape where he restored Hopewell, a former beef and sheep ranch, to its original wilderness state. This included the reintroduction of indigenous wildlife to the reserve. The twenty years spent in the wilderness has given Bruce invaluable insight into his subjects he holds so dear.
For the past 19 years Bruce has worked on sculpting his subjects by focusing less on strict anatomical correctness but more on capturing the deeper meaning of the animals he observes. Bruce says “it is natural for every artist to grow and evolve in one’s artistic journey” and as a result he has started sculpting a series of pieces with a contemporary aspect, which he feels portrays the animals in a different light but still encompasses the essence of the animals surroundings, spirit and behaviour. In addition, Bruce has added a human element to his works where he attempts to portray a deep indelible bond that we as humans have with the earth and nature
Hungarian born German artist Emil Sogor studied art and design in Munich/Germany and has been active in a unique diversity of arts internationally over decades. He sees himself as a traveller between painting, graphics, design and sculpturing, using the rich potential of his multifaceted European education. As a gifted talent he completed various intense studies in arts and crafts around the world, combining his manual know-how in mutual crafts techniques with spontane series of unique works – without adherence to short-lived and “trendy” stylistic effect.
Inspirations from foreign cultures, their past and their immediate present have had a decisive influence of his work. Variety fascinates and arouses him most during his creative process. Diversity in materials and techniques is his credo… Large size paintings on Aluminium, Canvas, Perplex or solid wood, drawings on paper, graphic designs as poster, Cl concepts, logo-& label designs series of wood cuts et, demonstrate his excellence of techniques.
Floris van Zyl is a Contemporary South African fine artist based in the Midlands of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Born 1971, he grew up in Pretoria and was drawn to the arts from a very young age. He qualified as a Graphic Designer in 1993 where after he started his own design agency.
By 2009 he relocated to the countryside and started painting full time. He brings to his work the analytical eye of a graphic designer but tempers this formality with a loose, almost reckless method of applying paint to his canvas.
His subject is rendered in blocks and dabs of colour often built up layer upon layer achieving his intention of, “creating images that work at a distance but become even more rewarding at close range.”
He explores these combinations of natural and man-made shapes in his portraits and figure studies where the human form is sometimes set against rigid formal structured shapes. Inspiration comes from many sources: “I am influenced and inspired by my own life, also by observing the lives of other people”.
Before making a mark on the canvas Floris determines what he calls the subject’s emotional climate. “It is more a feeling than anything else.” Next he considers the technical aspects of the subject, such as its shape, textures and colours.
Floris sells his paintings on great demand across the world. Quite a large numbers of these are direct commissions from local and international collectors. He frequently participates with great success in local and international exhibitions and his work has been published in various authoritative art publications.
Frans Mulder was born in 1955 and educated in Cradock, Eastern Cape. He received a Diploma in Fine Arts at the Port Elizabeth Technikon in 1975. He currently lives in Napier.
He was involved in Architectural Space Planning in South Africa, and also did a stint in New York in the 1980s as Director of Design.
He subsequently spent time in the Tourism and the Design Industry (until 2004), before getting back into art and relocating to Bedford in the Eastern Cape, from where he ran his studio on a farm which was in close proximity to game farms. Frans then moved to his studio to Napier in the Western Cape.
Frans has exhibited his work throughout South Africa, and many of his artworks are now in collections and homes in both South Africa and abroad.
Janko de Beer is a South African artist based in Cape Town.
He matriculated from Pro Arte Alphen Park, an acclaimed dance, art, music, drama, culinary art and enter- prize management school in Pretoria. Janko has been creating art since 2005, but also obtained his law degree (LLB) in 2003 and practiced as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa for 12 years before turning full time artist in 2017.
Recently a second time finalist for a Global Art Award, Janko’s work has featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and over the past couple of years he has established a substantial international following; his work has sold to private collectors in Turkey, England, Scotland, Belgium, Australia, Dubai and Monaco. His work has also been widely featured in the media, both in print and broadcast interviews.
Johann Booyens is a printmaker and paper artist working and living in the scenic Somerset West, South Africa. A teacher and lifelong student, he collaborates with other artists to combine traditional printmaking with exploratory techniques and processes. He works with a various professional and novice artists on corporate and private projects and has exhibited his own work locally and abroad.
As artist, his work is centered around the complex symbiotic relationship between people and their natural worlds that houses them.
Was born on 21 October 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lynne is a young painter with exceptional talent. Her expression of light and movement are amongst the most provocative features of her paintings. Working in oils, both from life and references, she is focused on capturing the inner life and essence of her subject, portraying the honesty of what she perceives. She works fast and accurately using bold pallet strokes and loose brushwork.
Having an appetite for travel she has spent a great deal of her time painting on location in remote destinations throughout South Africa and the world. She has spent a great deal of time exploring the art scene in Los Angeles, U.S.A. taking part in various group exhibitions as well as training with some of the local artist. Lynne is currently studying classical drawing at the “Florence Academy of Art” in Italy.
Lynne’s work has found a ready home in many local and international collections. Her skill and popularity continues to grow. She is currently represented by Carmel Art, a prominent gallery in Cape Town, as well as having representation in Dubai and now in America.
Maritha van Amerom is a South African born artist with European roots. ‘My earliest memories as young artist transport me back to my German Grandmother, a Fine Art Graduate from the University of Graz, Austria. Apart from input from numerous well-known artists throughout my career, my grandmother’s passion for art can still be singled out as one of the biggest influences in my art career.’
Having her Master’s degree in Psychology she practiced as Psychologist for many years. After enrolling as art student for three years, she made a dramatic career change and started working as full-time artist in 2009.
Her fascination with the human body, its form, shape, reaction to elements like gravity or age is the basis from which she works. The most intriguing is the underlying, often invisible emotion inside that body, which translates and becomes alive through hands, posture, eyes and movement. Often the challenge lies in the ability to see the emotional and the imperceptible and to give it form, life and a sense of tangibility.
I am a self taught artist , born on the 25th of January 1983 in Zimbabwe Chitungwiza and presently based in a small town in the Cape called Middelburg. With the full time requirements of being an artist, I had to leave my accounting studies to pursue my passion in art.
I developed a keen interest in drawing since tertiary schooling started painting in 2002. I later became commercial artist in 2003 . My first exhibitions was 2006 by my participation in the BLU(Black Like Us) art exhibition hosted by Manor Gallery ,Water Colour Society of South Africa(the gallery has since been closed), from which I did win the following prizes and awards:
– Best on show & first prize 2008.
– 3rd prize winner 2009 .
– 1st prize & best on show 2012.
Rentia Retief was born in 1992, studied at the Stellenbosch University. She is an enthusiastic creative entrepreneur. Her strong points are drawing and creative problem solving. She enjoy’s to teach drawing because of its communicative qualities as well as its potential to function as a tool for problem solving.
In her art practise she specialised in drawing. Rentia, has experience in print making, video making and sculpting.
The theoretical subjects Rentia studied were, English Literature Studies and Ancient Cultures, both were taken up to second year level. She took a major in Visual Studies and studied the subject up to third year.
During the course of her Bachelors degree, she was the winner of a student public art competition in 2013, as well as the winner of Muratie Fine Art competition in 2014.
I’ve been surrounded by art throughout my life. My Zimbabwean father was an acclaimed sculptor who specialized in wildlife and also painted oils.
I first started sculpting rhinos at the age of five as well as assisting my father finishing his pieces. I honed my skills and old my first set of birds and turtles at the tender age of ten.
I have since been completely absorbed by animals, the human figure and the sculpture, the movement and anatomy of animals and the human form.
I work in many types of media. My favourite stones are; Granite, for its multiple textures and finishing qualities, Marble for its classic association with sculptors, Bowenite, Potoro Leonardo, Jasper, Sodalite, Picture stone for its dazzling colours, Spring stone and wonder stone for the contrasting texture between polished, unpolished and wax for bronze casting which allows me versatility in movement.
I have regular private collectors in USA, Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and a growing number in South Africa. One of the highlights of my career so far are two life size tigers commissioned by the mother of an International sports figure, as well as a collection for the national Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, Australia. I have exhibited at the safari club international in Reno, Afridesia Gallery, Red bank, New Jersey and an art promotional exhibition held by the Spanish ambassador at his Cape Town Residence.
Mukwira was born in 1968 in Makonde, Zimbabwe. From 1989 to 1992, he studied disability and awareness campaigns through the arts with an organization called Zimbabwe Integration Through Arts. He has continued his work with the disabled, as well as paint. Kayakwanga Art Studio is Mukwira’s private home studio. The name originates from Kaya (meaning home) and Kwanga (meaning mine). It was his need to share his art and work environment with his loved ones which inspired this project.
Kayakwanga has been involved in holding workshops with disabled children through the years, and this is a dream which Mukwira, although very successful in his own right as an artist, will never forego.
One of the principal reasons Mukwira’s work is so popular is that it always tells an African story. He has work in private collections across the world as well as at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the Half Way Hotel and the New Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls. He also has done a book cover for the children’s book “Stars in a Plate,” and has an on-going contract to provide artwork for the Nando’s food chain as their restaurants in South Africa are renovated.
Mukwira has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Zimbabwe and South Africa and has facilitated four workshops. He is a member of the Friends of the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe and Water Colour Society of South Africa.
Mukwira has a positive approach to life. His favorite mantra is: “Think Luck! If you fall into a river, check your pockets for fish!!”