ARTIST PROFILE

Artist Biography

Ruhan Janse van Vuuren was born in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, in 1981. The Janse van Vuuren family moved to Pretoria in 1989. He matriculated in 1999 from Garsfontein High School and studied Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology under the guidance of Guy du Toit, Jan van der Merwe and Kevin Roberts. He specialised in sculpture and painting. After completing his degree, he started working as an assistant with the modelling of large scale figures at Dionysus Sculpture Works (under the mentorship of Angus van Zyl Taylor).

After four years of assisting Taylor and learning new skills; and working with materials such as bronze, stainless steel, aluminium and granite, he decided to focus on his own work and building his career as a sculptor.

Janse van Vuuren has exhibited throughout the country. He has also taken part in International exhibitions, and his work has been shown in Germany and the Netherlands.

Janse van Vuuren divides his time between new works to exhibit, private commissions and public commissions. In the space of public commissions, he has worked in collaboration with the House of Memory, Koketso Growth ,Twin City Developments and the Atterbury Group.

He continues his work at his studio in Pretoria.

List of exhibitions and commissions:  

Current Projects:

  • Group Exhibition @ Linteloo Zeist Netherlands
  • Private Commission @ Zungu Holdings GP
  • Exhibition with Bastiaan van Stenis @ Fried Contemporary Gallery Pretoria GP
  • Sculpture on the Cliffs Exhibition @ Hermanus WC
  • Group Exhibition @ Dawid Ras Gallery GP
  • Exhibition @ Saronsberg Cellars WC
  • 20 YEARS DSW Group Exhibition @ Oliewenhuis Museum FS
  • Turbine Artfair 2018 @ Dawid Ras GP
  • Woolworths Auction in Conjunction with Saronsberg Cellars WC

    2017:

  • Permanent Exhibition @ Saronsberg Cellars @ Tulbagh WC
  • Group Exhibition @ IS ART Linteloo Zeist Netherlands
  • Group Exhibition REALITY CHECK @ Everard Read Gallery CPT
  • Group Exhibition @ IS Art Gallery WC
  • Group Exhibition @ Art it is CPT
  • Group Exhibition @ DF Contemporary CPT
  • Group Exhibition @ Breytenbach Sentrum WLN
  • Group Exhibition TACIT – 20 years DSW @ William Humphreys Gallery Kimberley
  • Group Exhibition TACIT – 20 years DSW @ Pretoria Art Museum PTA
  • Group Exhibition COLLECTIVE @ Carol Lee Fine Art Gallery JHB
  • Group Exhibition @ Cavalli Equus Gallery Somerset –West
  • Group Exhibition at Art @ Almenkerk MUTE WISDOM curated by Gordon Froud CPT
  • Art Africa Fair ( DF Contemporary ) CPT
  • Group Exhibition BOSCH IN AFRICA curated by Sandra Hanekom WOORDFEES Stellenbosch
  • Turbine Artfair (DF Contemporary) JHB
  • Sound and Sculpture @ Temple of Apelles Lisbon PRT
  • Chief Sekhukune Commission @ The Castle of Good Hope CPT
  • Chief Langalibalele Commission @ The Castle of Good Hope CPT
  • Private Commission @Elleke Holdings Berlin Germany
  • Private Commission @Melbourne AUS
  • TWIN CITY Commission @ Groblersdal Mall Gauteng
  • Commission @ Saronsberg Wine Cellar Tulbagh Western Cape

    2016:

  • Commissioned work of Fidel Castro @ NHP National Heritage Project Pretoria
  • Commissioned work of Chris Hani (with Andre Prinsloo) @ NHP National Heritage Project Pretoria
  • Fidel Castro Figure @ Freedom Park Bloemfontein
  • Fidel Castro Figure @ Fidel Castro Building Bloemfontein
  • Netcells commission Johannesburh
  • Lords of Winter @ Equus Gallery SWE
  • Commune @ Upstairs at Bamboo (February) Johanneburg
  • Cape Town Art Fair Cape Town
  • SAADA @ The Waterfront (February) Cape Town
  • Fin, Feather and Fur @ In Toto Gallery (March) Johannesburg
  • Animals @ Tokara Franschhoek
  • Group Exhibition @ Cavalli Estate (May) Cape Town
  • Provenance @ Upstairs at Bamboo (May) Johannesburg
  • No. One Eloff Inner City Sculpture Exhibition (June) Johannesburg
  • Tacit 20 year of Dionysus Sculpture Works – A travelling exhibition South Africa
  • Group Exhibition @ Tokara Cape Town
  • Saadjie (A Cool Capital Initiative) Venice Beinnale
  • An exhibition with Bastiaan van Stenis @ Lizamore and Associates Johannesburg
  • #thethirdseason An Exhibition with Dylan Graham @ Fried Contemporary (tbc) Pretoria
  • Finalist in the 1860 Indentured Labour Memorial Public Artist Commission (with Amita Makan) KZN
  • Turbine Art Fair (DF Contemporary) Johannesburg
  • Group Exhibition (DF Contemporary) Cape Town
  • Skulls (DF Contemporary) Cape Town

    2015:

  • Group Exhibition MANIFESTO @ Upstairs at Bamboo (Nov) Johannesburg
  • Group Exhibition @ Lizamore at Clairvaux (Nov) Robertson
  • Permanent Exhibition @ Lizamore and Associates Gallery Johannesburg
  • Private commission House Beaurain (Feb – May) Johannesburg
  • Private commission House Elleke (Jan –June) Cape Town
  • HORSE Exhibition @ Oude – Libertas Gallery (April) Stellenbosch
  • Gran Cavallo Exhibition @P.A.A (April) Pretoria
  • Exhibition Winter is coming @ Equus Gallery (March) Somerset-West
  • Exhibition with Dylan Graham MUTE @ Dawid's choice (March) Johannesburg
  • Exhibition with Carol Lee Fine Art @ Turbine Art Fair (June) Johannesburg
  • Group Exhibition at Roodt and Co. (July) Johannesburg
  • Rooftop Exhibition @ St. Lorient (July) Pretoria
  • Summer of Sculpture Exhibition in conjunction with Everard Read @ Mount Nelson (Dec-April) Cape Town
  • Group Exhibition @ Tokara Gallery (Dec-April) Franschoek
  • Group Exhibition @ Equus gallery APHRODISIAC (Jan) Somerset - West
  • Group Exhibition VANTAGE @ Upstairs at Bamboo (May) Johannesburg
  • Proclamation, an exhibition with MJ Lourens @ IS ART (Sep) Franschoek
  • Group Exhibition @ Equus gallery KINGDOM (Oct) Somerset West
  • Group Exhibition @ Equus Gallery THE FOUR HORSEMEN (Nov) Somerset West

    2014:

  • Nominated for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) at The Design Indaba (for the sculpture of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings)
  • Albert Luthuli Award @ The Albert Luthuli Centre (University of Pretoria)
  • Private Commission @ Studio 3 (Pretoria)
  • Group Exhibition in conjunction with Essentially Art @ The Rotterdam Artfair 2014 (Rotterdam)
  • Group Exhibition @ Lifestyle Event Gallery (Franschhoek)
  • Group Exhibition @ Equus Gallery (Franschhoek)
  • Bust of Nelson Mandela in conjunction with Koketso Growth (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Group Exhibition @ Lizamore and Associates (Johannesburg)
  • Koketso Growth: Launch of the National Heritage Project @ Fountains Valley (Pretoria)
  • Commission for a Public Sculpture @ The Club (Pretoria)
  • Group Exhibition with Lizamore and Associates @ Turbine Art Fair (Johannesburg)
  • Artfair 2014 (Johannesburg)
  • Group Exhibition in conjunction with Essentially Art @ Galerie Bart (Amsterdam)
  • Group Exhibition with Louis Olivier @ Lizamore and Associates (Johannesburg)
  • Commission of Moses Kotane for the Moses Kotane Heritage Foundation

    2013:

  • Monument to Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings: as commissioned by the DAC in collaboration with the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Participation in the National Heritage Project
  • Monument to Griffiths Mxenge: as commissioned by the Municipality of Pietermaritzburg (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Monument to Victoria Mxenge: as commissioned by the Municipality of Pietermaritzburg (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Monument to Archbishop Denis Hurley: as commissioned by the Municipality of Pietermaritzburg (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Monument to Pixley ka Isaka Seme: as commissioned by the Municipality of Pietermaritzburg
  • Monument to Abdullah Abdurahman: as commissioned by the NHP in collaboration with Dali Tambo (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Monument to Cissie Gool: as commissioned by the NHP in collaboration with Dali Tambo (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Monument to Langalibalele: as commissioned by the NHP in collaboration with Dali Tambo (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo)
  • Bust of Nelson Mandela: as commissioned by the NHP in collaboration with Dali Tambo and the Nelson Mandela Foundation
  • Fragile: Show with Diane Victor and Lionel Smit at Galerie Bart (as curated by Essential Art) (Amsterdam)
  • Group Exhibition: A tribute to Tom Waits (as curated by Gordon Froud) (Travelling)
  • Group Exhibition @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
  • Group Exhibition as curated by Dawid Ras (Johannesburg)
  • Group Exhibition: An Ode to Madiba (@ Innibos Kunstefees) as curated by Pretoria Kunsvereeniging (Nelspruit)
  • Collaborative Show with Diane Victor: as curated by Jaco Gelderblom (Amsterdam)
  • Group Exhibition: I am an African @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
  • Group Exhibition: Lifestyle Gallery (Franschhoek)
  • Private Commisions

    2012:

  • Collaboration with Diane Victor: Group Exhibion @ Pretoria Kunsvereeniging (Pretoria)
  • Ik ben ein Afrikaner: Group Exhibition @ Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK)
  • Transience: Solo Exhibition @ Artspace Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Monument of Nokuthula Simelane Monument: Commissioned by the Govan Mbeki Municipality (Bethal)
  • Artspace Mentorship Programme: with Marco Ciafanelli (Johannesburg)
  • Weltevreden Wine Estate Art Installation: Private Commission (Stellenbosch)
  • Monument of Chief Sekhukhune: in Collaboration with the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation and NHP
  • Monument of Dr. Pixley ka Isaka Seme: As commissioned (Durban)
  • Monument of Archbishop Denis Hurley (in collaboration with Andre Prinsloo) (Durban)
  • Group Exhibition: A tribute to Leonard Cohen (as curated by Gordon Froud) (Travelling)

    2011:

  • Excuses: Exhibition with Leon Fourie @ Artspace (Johannesburg)
  • Just another excuse: Exhibition with Leon Fourie @ Steward Gallery (Pretoria)
  • PPC Young Sculptor Awards – 20 Year Commemorative Exhibition @ Pretoria Kunsvereeniging (Pretoria)
  • A final excuse: Exhibition with Leon Fourie @ Pretoria Kunsvereeniging (Pretoria)
  • Private Commissions

    2010:

  • The Owl and the Pussycat (with Diek Grobler, Diane Victor, Gordon Froud) @ PKV (Pretoria)
  • Group Exhibition @ Off the Wall Contemporary (Paarl)
  • Private Viewing for the SAA Launch with Otto De Jager (Johannesburg)
  • Design and Creation of the Trophy for the Black Arts & Culture Festival: Senegal
  • Private Commissions

    2009:

  • Assistant: Johannes Phokela's I Love my neighbours (Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg)
  • Permanent Exhibition @ iArt Gallery (Cape Town)
  • Permanent Exhibition –@The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
  • Group Show @ Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)
  • Group Show @Off the Wall Contemporary (Paarl)
  • Four Women and a man @ Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • Metamorphasis @ Carol Lee Fine Art (Johannesburg)
  • Affordable Art @ Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • Group Show @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschoek)
  • Recent Works (A show with Lionel Smith and Vasti Wilkinson) @ Rust and Vrede (Cape Town)
  • Angels @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschoek)
  • Nokuthula Simelane Monument Project – Commissioned by the Municipality of Govan Mbeki
  • Commission work for Private Collectors

    2008:

  • 10 year Dionysus Sculpture Works Exhibition @ Saronsberg Wine Estate (Tulbagh)
  • Transform @ Carol Lee Fine Art – Upstairs at Bamboo (Melville)
  • Faces and Places @ Off the wall contemporary (Paarl)
  • Testosterone @ Magpie Gallery (Centurion)
  • Group Exhibition @ Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)
  • Act I, Scene II (Solo) @ Dawid Ras (Johannesburg)
  • Bigwood (as curated by Trevor Paul) (Durban)
  • Encounter @ Carol Lee – Upstairs at Bamboo (Melville)
  • Skindeep @ Kyk Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • Act II, Scene I. An exhibition with Marijke de Kock @ Association of Arts (Pretoria)
  • Dawid’s Choice at Rooms on view (Cape Town)
  • Group Exhibition @ Carol Lee Fine Art (Bamboo, Melville)
  • Exhibition with Theo Kleynhans @ Die Dorpstraat Galery (Stellenbosch)
  • Reflect/Refuel @ Association of Arts (Pretoria)
  • Group Exhibition @ Off the Wall Contemporary (Paarl)
  • Winner: PPC YOUNG SCULPTORS COMPETITION: Best sculpture on exhibition
  • Angels @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

    2007:

  • Dawid’s Choice @ KKNK
  • Encapsulate @ Platform on 18th (Pretoria)
  • Exhibition with Leonora van Staden @ Die Dorpstraat Galery (Stellenbosch)
  • Group Exhibition @ Off the wall contemporary (Paarl)
  • Dawid’s Choice @ Die Rittelfees
  • Sculpture Garden @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
  • Group Exhibition @ Carol Lee - Upstairs at Bamboo (Melville)
  • Dawid’s Choice @ Aardklop
  • Commission: Grensverskrywing (The Aardklop Trophy)
  • Merit Award: Technical excellence: PPC Young Sculptor Awards

    2006:

  • Sculptural Degree with distinction from TUT (Pretoria)
  • Deluge @ Gordart Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Exhibition with Francois Visser @ The Gallery at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

    2005:

  • Ethereal Matters @ Alette Wessels Kunskamer (Pretoria)
  • Dionysus Sculpture Works Group Exhibition @ Association of Arts (Pretoria)

    2004:

  • Full time assistant @ Dionysus Sculpture Works (Pretoria)
  • Lecturing Sculpture & Painting
  • Group Exhibition @ Gordart Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Winner: Technical excellence at the PPC Young Sculptor Awards

    2003:

  • Group Exhibition @ Birkenhead Estate (Stanford)
  • Full time assistant @ Dionysus Sculpture Works (Pretoria)
  • Assistant on the commissions of Brenda Fassie / Chief Tshwane / Solomon Mhlangu /
  • Tsietsi Mashini / Bongi Memorial

    2002:

  • Group Exhibition @ Mind’s I (Brooklyn)
  • Assistant to Angus Taylor – commission for Saronsberg Wine Estate
  • PPC Young Sculptors Awards

    2001:

  • Light & Electricity @ Pretoria City Hall

    2000 - 2002:

  • NDip Fine Arts, Pretoria Technikon
  • Distinction in Sculpture, Painting and Drawing

    1999:

  • Matriculated from Hoërskool Garsfontein Distinction in Art

    1998:

  • Awarded Art Student of the year
  • Sanlam International Exhibition
  • Rentmeester Exhibition

    1989 - 1998:

  • Jacqui Theron Art School Award for Sculpture Student of the Year