VANESSA BERLEIN

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Blog: www.vanessaberlein.blogspot.com

Portfolio Blog: www.berleinportfolio.blogspot.com

Background:

Born: 14.02.1968 in Mbombelo (Nelspruit), Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Schooling:

Uplands Preparatory School

St Annes Diocesan College.

Tertiary Education:

Natal Technicon, Durban, Kwazulu Natal. - 1st and 2nd year Fine Art dip. Majoring in Painting.

Face to Face Make-up College, Killarney, Johannesburg. - Dip Prosthetic and film Make-up.

I have worked as an artist for 25 years, focusing mainly on painting, but have also worked with print, video, photography, music and sculptural mediums.

In 2010, together with Francois Irvine, we opened the Haas Collective in Cape town, South Africa. The Collective strives to build a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work to the public and link up with more established art galleries and art collectors.

Between 2008 and 2012, I headed up the art buying department for Cecile and Boyd Design.

I have exhibited and curated extensively in South Africa and abroad. My work is primarily concerned with portraying, capturing and exploring human emotional response, to one another, and to the landscape which we inhabit. I set out to capture iconic qualities I recognise within the character of my subjects, and the fragility and beauty that exists within humanity and the landscape.

Since 2012, I have worked out of Eastside Studios in Woodstock , Capetown.

Exhibitions since 2013

2013: Quintessence - 12 People I know, -ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoorn

2013: Velvet Exhibition - ABSA KKNK - Oudtshoorn

2013: Chocolate box Series - Rust-En-Vrede , Durbanville, Cape Town

2013: Sanlam Portrait Competition - Top 40 Finalist

2013: Capetown Art Fair - Diedericks/Faber

2013: Woodstock Artwalk - Eastside Studio

Feb 2014 - Capetown Art Fair - World Art - Capetown

April 2014 - “Disengagement”, Solo Exhibition, World Art - Capetown

May 2014 - “Lucent”, Exhibition with Francois Irvine, Art in the Yard - Franschoek

July-August 2014 - “The Industrial Karoo - Fear & Loss”, Group Exhibition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum - Bloemfontein

July 2014 - “DF Collective”, Group exhibition, Studio Gesso - Johannesburg

July 2014 - Turbine Artfair, DF Collective, Johannesburg

August 2014 - Colour Colaboration, Group show, Bryndyn & Gonsalves. - Capetown

September 2014 - Music & Lyrics Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rust en Vrede,- Durbanville

October 2014 - “ Geography of the Soul”, Group show, Kalkbay Studio, Kalkbay

December 2014 -“Golden Haze”, Group show, Salon 91, Capetown

December 2014 - Open studios, Eastside Studios, Capetown

Feb 2015 - That Artfair, Capetown. D/F Collective

March 2015 - The Industrial Karoo- Fear & Loss, Pretoria Art Museum

April 2015 - Equus Gallery - Winter is coming. Cavalli Estate.

May 2015 - Diedericks/Faber. Johannesburg and Cape town. I Bet you look good on the dance floor. - Solo

April 2016 - Abstraction: Apart& Together. Collabrative exhibition with Frans Smit. Art in the Yard, Franschhoek.

 

April 2016 - A Cohesive Clash. Group Exhibition. Tanya Baxter Contemporary. Kings Road. London.

May 2016 - Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair. Tanya Baxter contemporary Art Gallery.

June 2016 - Olympia Art Fair, London. Tanya Baxter Contemporary.

June 2016 - "Artemesia". Group exhibition. DF Contemporary, Capetown.