Statement of Motivation


I am motivated by the enjoyment and excitement of allowing images to appear, manipulating the material, pushing and pulling pigment across the surface of the canvas or paper.

It is very important for me not to have a recognizable image but rather ambiguous, enigmatic forms. The mystery is significant of life, religion, the unknown and undecipherable. Intangible things that trigger the imagination, shapes that have the presence and not the lineaments of objectsí

I work from my intuition finding ways to contact the subconscious so as to reach the collective unconscious.


Born in Alexandria Egypt, Regi has lived in Italy, Zimbabwe, Zaire and South Africa.

She studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation under the guidance of Bill Ainslie (1979-1983). Completed her Matric in 1984 and enrolled as a Fine Art student at UNISA in 1985 achieving a B.A.F.A. in 1989.

The title of her dissertation was: THE UNCONSCIOUS AS A MEDIUM TOWARDS INTUITIVE INSIGHT AND CREATIVITY.

Regi attended Joyce Leonardís discussion group between 1987-1993.

In 1984 and 1989 she was a merit award winner at the New Signatures competitions.

In 1994 and 1995 she received the Kempton Park Awards.
In 1994 she received the Bertrams African Award.

Her first solo exhibition was held at the Karen McKerron Gallery in April 1990.

Subsequent solo exhibitions were at:

South African Association of Art, Cape Town - 1995
Primart Gallery, Cape Town - 1996
Catalyst Gallery, Johannesburg - 1997
Cite International des Arts, Paris, France - 1997
Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town - 1998
South African Association of Arts, Pretoria, 1998
Sandton Square Gallery, Johannesburg, 1999
The Ivory Room, Capetown. 2002.

Group Shows:

Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg - 1987
Natal Association of South African Art, Durban - 1989
Ente Mostra Nazionale di Pittura Contemporranea, Italy, USA & France - 1991
South African National Gallery, Cape Town - 1992
Nice Expo, Dart International, Nice, France - 1996
Espace de Lille, Nice France - 1997
Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg - 1999

Regi's works are in numerous public and private collections:

The South African National Gallery, Cape Town
The University of South Africa, Pretoria
The South African Embassy, Paris, France
The Constitutional Court, Johannesburg
MTN, Johannesburg
Sanlam, Johannesburg
Boland Bank, Johannesburg
Spescom Electronics, Johannesburg
Nappo, Johannesburg
Sasol, Johannesburg
Origins, Johannesburg
Origins, Johannesburg
New Stock Exchange, Johannesburg
Investec Bank, Cape Town
BMW, Cape Town
Telkom, Cape Town
Wooltru, Cape Town
Vodacom, Cape Town