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Artist Biography

Louis Olivier is a sculptor based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born in 1976, in Vereeniging, he grew up in Bethal in Mpumalanga. He graduated with a degree in Information Technology from the University of Pretoria in 1998. Olivier worked in the IT field for three years and then made a dramatic career change in 2001, to work as a fulltime artist.

He works in various media: sculpture, drawing, collage, printmaking and installations. His sculptures are often beings that are figurative, but also emanate vibrance and presence. His drawings and collages are renditions of and find their origin in his sculptures.

Olivier is a Maker who collaborates with numerous artists and designers. He is investigating various fabrication processes. Playing, experimenting and elaborating is at the heart of his artistic practise.

Artist CV

Born 5 May 1976 in Vereeniging, South Africa.

Education:

  • 1999 B Com (Information Technology) , University of Pretoria

    Experience and Collaboration:

  • 2017: Collaboration with William Kentridge on Glyptotek sculpture series,Norval Foundation
  • 2016: Collaboration with William Kentridge on Three Sister Heads & Shadow Figure sculpture series
  • 2016: Collaboration with William Kentridge on Woodblock sculpture series
  • 2014: Collaboration with William Kentridge on Roman & Polychromed Head sculpture series
  • 2013: Collaboration with William Kentridge on Rebus sculpture series
  • 2012 – 2014: Founder and Director at Workhorse Bronze Foundry, Johannesburg
  • 2011 – 2012: Studio Assistant at William Kentridge Studio, Johannesburg

    Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2018: 100 Generations of Soil, Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Stellenbosch
  • 2017: 100 Generations of Soil, Circa, Cape Town
  • 2015: Crtitical Mass, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
  • 2013: Fragment, Artspace (now Lizamore & Associates Gallery), Johannesburg
  • 2012: Beginsel, Worldart Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2011: (Man)nerism, Artspace (now Lizamore & Associates), Johannesburg
  • 2009: Pale Male (under the metorship of Wilma Cruise), Artspace (now Lizamore & Associates), Johannesburg

    Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 2018: Spring Sasol, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2018: Scope, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 2018: Bronze Steel and Stone III, Circa, London
  • 2017: Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2017: Jan Celliers School, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2017: Intersection, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 2016: Summer Season Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2016: Commune, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 2015: Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2015: Winter Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2015: Nirox Winter Fair, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind
  • 2014: Summer Season Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2014: Summer of Sculpture, Mount Nelson, Cape Town
  • 2014: Play, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind
  • 2014: Pilgrim, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2014: Making the Map, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2013: Interface, Carole Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 2011: Momento, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 2011: Collaboration, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 2010: And What Now?, Grande Provence, Franschoek
  • 2010: Here & There, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg

    Selected Art Fairs:

  • 2018: Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2016: Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2015: Turbine Art Fair, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
  • 2015: Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2014: Joburg Art Fair, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
  • 2014: Turbine Art Fair, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
  • 2012: Joburg Art Fair, Artspace (now Lizamore & Associates Gallery), Johannesburg
  • 2012: Klein Karoo Kunste Fees (KKNK), Ik ben een Afrikaner, Oudtshoorn
  • 2011: Joburg Art Fair, Artspace (now Lizamore & Associates), Johannesburg
  • 2010: Joburg Art Fair, Artspace (now Lizamore & Associates), Johannesburg

    Commissions and Projects:

  • 2014 – 2018: think.STOP project, Rand Merchant Bank
  • 2015 – 2017: National Heritage Project, Dali Tambo, Johannesburg
  • 2013: Alfred Mangena, National Heritage Project
  • 2011 – 2012: Refusal of Time, William Kentridge Studio (dOCUMENTA13)
  • 2011: Ossymandius series (in collaboration with Wilma Cruise), Joburg Art Fair
  • 2011: Sasol Wild Dog Award trophy (bronze)
  • 2010: Sasol Honeybird Award trophy (bronze and steel)
  • 2010: Maestro (bronze), Rand Merchant Bank
  • 2008 – 2009: Thinker Bench (Benchmark Project), Rand Merchant Bank
  • 2007 – 2008: Thinker Bookends (edition of 250, bronze and stainless steel), RMB
  • 2006: Spirit of Sasolburg (bronze, stone cast and rusted metal), Sasol

    Private Commissions:

  • 2011: Rammed Earth, standing figure installation, Stellenbosch
  • 2010: Man Standing (steel)

    Work in Collections:

  • Ellerman House, Cape Town
  • Westcliff Hotel, Johannesburg
  • Rand Merchant Bank, Johannesburg
  • Rand Merchant Bank, Cape Town
  • Few private collectors

    Representation:

  • Everard Read


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