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About The Artist

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Born in Vereeniging in 1968 and matriculated in 1986. From 1987 to 1989 she studied B (Arch) and from 1990 to 1993 she studied and completed her BA (FA) degree at the University of Pretoria.

Retha Buitendach's artworks deals with nature in both its macrocosmic and microcosmic detail. The hidden interconnectedness of all living things is an important underlying theme, as is the chance connections between seemingly unrelated things or even words. Unusual and microscopic life-forms as well as those seen everyday are sometimes portrayed in unusual contexts, thereby inducing the onlooker to discover them anew. The human figure is seldom directly visible in her artworks, although mans presence is often implied. Man is shown to be unique in his ability to experience nature as a supremely beautiful artwork and to be unique in his ability to destroy it all. Her work is both naturalistic and surrealistic, combining the recognisable with what the imagination can add to it.

Artist CV

Born in Vereeniging, South Africa on 12 May 1968 and now living in Pretoria.

EDUCATION

  • Verwoerdburg High School - Matric with 6 distinctions - 1986
  • B (Architecture) studies not completed - University of Pretoria - 1987 - 1989
  • BA (Fine Arts) - University of Pretoria - 1990 - 1993 (Majoring in Sculpture, with distinction)

    EMPLOYMENT

  • Assistant lecturer, Sculpture workshop - Dept of Fine Arts-UP - 1994
  • Framing Assistant and consultant - Artistic Frameworks, 1996 –1997 (Full-time)
  • Artistic Frameworks, 1999 –2001 (Part-time)
  • One of four Curators - Mind's – i art space - 2002- 2004

    PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • SASOL Corporate Collection
  • ABSA
  • Old Mutual
  • Rand Merchant Bank

    PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

  • UK, London
  • USA, Arizona
  • Belgium, Antwerpen
  • Frankfurt, Germany

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Solo Exhibition – Sandsuiker, Association of Arts Pretoria - July 2007
  • Solo Exhibition – Insectorum mirabilis, Gordart Gallery, Jhb - Sept 2007
  • Solo Exhibition – Vergesigte en ander Pierneef Apokaliptieka, Trent Art Gallery, Pta - May 2011
  • Solo Exhibition – Farground foreseen, Trent Art, waterkloof Pta - July 2012
  • Solo Exhibition – Mombakkies, Arts Association, Pretoria - Feb 2014

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Final Year Fine Arts Students’ Exhibition - 1993
  • Arts Alive Exhibition - 1994–1998, 2002
  • Group exhibition - Pretoria Artists at Unisa Art Gallery - 1995
  • Group exhibition – Tina Skukan Gallery - 2000
  • Solo Exhibition - ‘Terra ingocnita’, Tina Skukan Gallery - 2001
  • Opening exhibition, Mind’s-i art space, Pretoria - March 2002
  • Group exhibition – Matriarch , Mind’s-i - May 2002
  • Group exhibition – Mail Art , Mind’s-i - June 2002
  • Mind’s-i Curators exhibition, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town - Aug 2002
  • Group exhibition – Five minutes of silence , Mind’s-i - Sept 2002
  • Group exhibition – Eclipse, Mind’s-i - Nov 2002
  • Group exhibition – Angels, Open Window Art Gallery - Dec 2002
  • Group exhibition – Fool for Love, Mind’s-i - Feb 2003
  • Group exhibition – Cross, Mind’s-i - April 2003
  • Curators exhibition – Om die Bosch gelei, Mind’s-i - May 2003
  • South African Artists – Soan Studio, Fulham, London - May 2003
  • Group Exhibition – Editions , Mind’s-i - June 2003
  • Group Exhibition - Fine Line , Mind's-i - July 2003
  • Group Exhibition - Fortitude, Carol Lee Fine Art - Sept 2003
  • Nine dragon heads, Environmental Art Symposium - Exhibition in Cheong-ju Art centre, South Korea - April 2004
  • Group Exhibition – City: Country, Carol Lee Fine Art - May 2004
  • Sanctum, Duo with Marinda du Toit, Skukan gallery, Pta - July 2004
  • Trio Exhibition with Diek Grobler, Michele Nigrini – Drie, Gallery 88, Sasolburg - October 2004
  • Group Exhibition – Landscape Now, RAU Art Gallery - November 2004
  • Group Exhibition – Recent Works, Carol Lee Fine Art - November 2004
  • Group Exhibition – 10 x 10cm, Gordart Gallery - December 2004
  • Group Exhibition – Funktional Art, Gordart Gallery, Melville - March 2005
  • Group Exhibition – Animals as metaphor, UNISA Art gallery - Feb – May 2005
  • Group Exhibition – Pretoria Artists, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville - May 2005
  • Group Exhibition – Vision, Tina Skukan gallery, Pretoria - Nov 2005
  • Group Exhibition – Oppitafel, Art Space, Fairlands - Dec 2005
  • Group Exhibition – SPLAT, Gordart gallery, Melville - Dec 2005
  • Group Exhibition - Little Bang, Platform on 18th, Pretoria - Sept 2006
  • Trio – Succulent, Artspace, Fairland - Sept 2006
  • Group Exhibition – Waste Art, Rosebank Mall - Oct 2006
  • Group Exhibition – Icons, Upstairs @Bamboo, Melville - Nov 2006
  • Group Exhibition – Saint Sebastian, Association of Arts Pta - April 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Boere-kitsch en ander dinge, KKNK Arts Fest - April 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Launch, Secret Gallery, Villieria - May 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Ordinary: Extraordinary, Upstairs@Bamboo - May 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Project, Upstairs@ Bamboo, Jhb - Nov 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Snert, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pta - Dec 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Focus Sculpture, Jhb, Univ. Potchefstroom - Dec 2007
  • Group Exhibition – Members Exhibition, Art Association, Pta - Feb 2008
  • Group Exhibition – Transform, Upstairs@Bamboo, Jhb - March 2008
  • Group Exhibition – Centenary Art Exhibition, University Pta - May 2008
  • Group Exhibition – Still Life, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Jhb - June 2008
  • Group Exhibition – Christmas in August, Gordart Gallery, Jhb - Aug 2008
  • Group Exhibition – Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom - Sept 2008
  • Group Exhibition – Beauty and/is the Beast, Reservoir in Bloemfontein, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein - May 2009
  • Group Exhibition – Affordable Art Fair, Fried Contemporary, Pta - June 2009
  • Group Exhibition – Kunstellasie, Woordpoort Fees, UP, Pta - Sept 2009
  • Group Exhibition – Mandril Art@ Zoo, Pta - May 2010
  • Group Exhibition – Patroon, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pta - May 2010
  • Group Exhibition – Pretoria Remastered, Trent Art , Pta - July 2010
  • Group Exhibition - Tanti Picolli Robot, Pandoras Art House, Pta - Aug 2010
  • Group Exhibition – Vyfkuns, HAP, Pta - Mar 2011
  • Group Exhibition – Altered Pieces, Leonard Cohen tribute, Thompson gallery, Jhb - Sept 2011
  • Group Exhibition – Rendezvous Focus Painting, Aardklop Art Festival, Potchefstroom - Oct 2011
  • Group Exhibition – Witrivier Art gallery, Witrivier - Des 2011
  • Group Exhibition – CANSA Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum - Jan 2012
  • Group Exhibition- Met Woord en Beeld, Breytenbach Sentrum, Wellington - June 2012
  • Group Exhibition – Miniatures, Art Lovers ,Waterkloof Pretoria - May 2012
  • Group Exhibition – Poetry of shadows, Skukan Gallery, Pretoria - July 2012
  • Group exhibition – Between Storms, Kievitskroon, Pretoria - Aug 2012
  • Group Exhibition – This Place/ Displace, UJ Art Gallery, Jhb - Oct 2012
  • Group Exhibition – DIGI RE-ENGINEERING, UNISA Art Gallery - Mar 2013
  • Group Exhibition - Funktional Art, Fient Lifestyle , Pretoria - April 2013
  • Group Exhibition – Tom Waits for No Man, KKNK Art Festival - April 2013
  • Art Residency : Cite des Arts, Paris, France. Rendezvous Art P - July 2013
  • Vivienne Art Galerie – Paris, France - Aug 2013
  • Group Exhibition – Surreal Synthesis, St Lorient, Brooklyn Pta - Oct 2013
  • Group Exhibition – A Void in the Landscape, Clos Malvern, Stellenbosch, Cape Town - Oct 2013
  • Fried Autumn Art Fair – Fried Contemporary, Pretoria - Apr 2014
  • Group Exhibition - Light Revealed, Skukan gallery, Pretoria - July 2014
  • Group Exhibition – Artist's Books, Trent Art, Pretoria - July 2014
  • Turbine Art Fair – with Art Lover's 1969, Johannesburg - July 2014
  • Nature – Oude Libertas Gallery, Franschoek - June 2015
  • Kingdom – Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Stellenbosch - Sept 2015
  • The Frida Mash-up – Diedericks/Faber Fine Art, Jhb - Feb 2016
  • I Objekt – Art it is, Johannesburg - July 2016
  • Camp Nouveau – Art it is, Johannesburg - Oct 2016

    COMPETITIONS

  • New Signatures - 1991 – 1993, 1996, 1997
  • Kempton Park Art Competition - 1992, 1994
  • PPC Sculpture Competition, (Third Prize - 1992), (Second Prize, 1993), (Participated 1998)
  • Volkskas Atelier Competition - 1998, 1999
  • Centurion, Artist of the year Exhibition, First Prize – Sculpture - 1995
  • Bettie-Cilliers Painting award presented at Rendezvous - 2012
  • Painting exhibition. UJ Art Gallery.
  • Awarded a Residency in Paris, France to be used in 2013

    OTHER GROUP PROJECTS

  • ARTWALL, murals at Metrorail Stations, Pretoria - 2000
  • ARTWALL, murals for Centurion City Council, Centurion - 2001

    BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS

  • Mazanendaba and the magical story-shell, Written by Gcina Mahlope, published by Jacklin Enterprises - 2006


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