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ABOUT

Rentia Retief (b.1992, Caledon, South Africa) received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch in 2014, and an Honours in Illustration in 2016. She received the George Paul Canitz Fine Art prize in 2014. Rentia held her first solo exhibition at Muratie Wine Estate titled “Sondebok” after residing on the estate as the artist in residence in 2016. She often partakes in group exhibitions at various galleries.

Her latest solo show was held at Ebony Curated in Cape Town 2019 titled “Die berg is geduldig”.

She is based in Cape Town where she spends a lot of time in the surrounding nature and mountains which serves as a great influence on her work. The work of Rentia captures her awareness of being one with the natural surrounds. Her longing for solitude and the untouched outdoors are major themes in her work. She explores the everyday interaction we all share with the environment and draws on the constant reminder that we are only brief insignificant visitors in this world. Many of her works on paper are made en-plain-air where the natural elements contribute to the mark making process of often large scale drawings. 

 

CV

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019    ‘Die Berg is Geduldig (The Mountain is Patient)’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South   Africa

2017    ‘Scenes of Remembering’, Mullers Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016    ‘Sondebok’, MOK Gallery, Muratie Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2021 ‘The Long View’, solo presentation alongside Larita Engelbrecht, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Creative Blocks’ - Spier Arts Foundation

'Genius Loci', State of the art, Cape Town, South Africa

2020 ‘Country’, MOK Gallery, Muratie Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

‘Creative Blocks’ - Spier Arts Foundation

2019 ‘Land and Sea’, Art on Avenues, Somerset West, South Africa

‘Art and Equine’, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa

‘Creative Blocks’ - Spier Arts Foundation

2018 Knysna Fine Arts, Knysna, South Africa

‘Wild’, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa

Rossouw Modern, Hermanus, South Africa

2017 ‘Plant’, Kirtstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Landscape’, with Johan Coetzee, MOK Gallery, Muratie Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2016 ‘August Exhibition’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

‘Summer Show’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Botanicals’, Grabouw Botanical Garden, Grabouw, South Africa

2015 ‘Emerge’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Landscape’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

‘Tasseography’, Equus Gallery, Stellenbsoch, South Africa

‘Composition Emporium’, Collaborative Performance, Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa

‘30’ x 40’’, ArtB Gallery, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa

2014 ‘Gradex’, Stellenbosch Visual Arts Department, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

Grants & Awards

 

2018     Kleinood Artist Residency

2016     Muratie Artist Residency

2014     George Paul Canitz Fine Art Prize

2013     University of Stellenbosch Student Public Art Award

 

Education

 

2015 – 2016    Honours in Illustration | University of Stellenbosch

2015         Bauhaus University of Weimar - Short Course in Graphic Design

2011 - 2014     BA Fine Arts | University of Stellenbosch