Thelma van Rensburg was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1969 and
obtained het Btech Fine Arts degree from tshwane University of
Technology in 2007. Since completing her degree she participated in four
Solo exhibitions and numerous gruop exhibitions both nationally and
internationally. Since starting her art career she has consistently focused
on the female form and feminist investigations on the feminine as Other.
Thelma van Rensburg is currently exploring the concomitant link between femininity and death as manifested through the patriarchal male gaze. Her
work can be viewed at www.art.co.za/thelmavanrensburg
Witbank Technical High School '87
University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria '91
Human movement studies
1990 Ba. Human movement studies-University of Pretoria.
1992 Ba. Hons. Recreation – University of Pretoria.
2000 Ba. Hons Physcology- UNISA.
2007 Btech. Fine Arts- Thswane University of Technology.
Dissertation completed cum laude.
2013 4th Year Visual Arts, University of Pretoria.
Completed cum laude.
2015 Currently enrolled for a Master of Arts degree at the University of Pretoria.
List of Exhibitions:
December 2008-March 2009: ”Layers of Illusion.”
Exhibition of digital works and paintings: MAP (Modern Art Projects) Gallery in Graskop, Mpumulanga, South-Africa.
March 2009: “Masquerade”
Exhibition of digital works: Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
September 2009: “Seductress in distress”.
Kunsthouse, Cape Town,
June 2011: “ Pinups”
Exhibition of paintings: Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Cape Town.
August 2014: ” Fragments of unbecoming”, Solo exhibition, Art Lovers gallery, Pretoria. Curator: Thelma van Rensburg.
Group exhibitions 2015:
January: The ABC of life, Art Lovers, Pretoria. Curator: Idiko Pohl.
March: Blind collaboration. Art Lovers, Pretoria.
April: Art Lovers competition exhibition, Finalist, Art Lovers, Pretoria
July: Loose Affairs-Opening exhibition of Transart’s 2015 Summer Residency
SOMOS PROJECT SPACE, Berlin.
August: And/Or, Masters exchange exhibition, St Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town
Map of the new art: Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton collection. Venezia.
September: Thami Mnjele Fine Art Awards exhibition, Kempton Park. South Africa.
State of the art Gallery, Cape Town.
Group Exhibitions 2014:
Feb: Jan Cilliers group exhibition in collaboration with Art Space Gallery, Johannesburg. Curator: Teresa Lizamore.
March: Finalist in the For the love of arts competition, Art Lovers gallery, Pretoria.
June: Transforming the negative into positive through art, Trent gallery, Pretoria. Curator: Anna Liebenberg.
Art Alive annual exhibition, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria. Curator: Karen Marais.
July: Erotica Exhibition, Art Lovers gallery, Pretoria.
Salon 1, Melville, Johannesburg. Curated by Andrea Rolfes and Ann-Marie Tully.
August:” Fragments of unbecoming”, Solo exhibition, Art Lovers gallery, Pretoria. Curator: Thelma van Rensburg.
“Grotesque Femininities continued”, Out of the Cube online selfie, Available: http://www.outofthecube.co.za/selfies.aspx?artistid=88&selfies=true&ArtistSearch=All
Thami Mnjele Fine Art Awards exhibition, Kempton Park, Finalist
Roald Dahl exhibition, Art Lovers, Pretoria.
Group Exhibitions 2013:
February: Jan Cilliers group exhibition in collaboration with Art Space Gallery, Johannesburg. Curator: Teresa Lizamore.
March: Fried Contemporary Gallery, Affordable Art fair, Pretoria. Curator: Elfrieda Dreyer.
May: Invited to participate in the Benetton Art project, Small Canvas Project to be accessioned into the Luciano Benetton Collection, which will be shown nationally, and internationally at three venues, including the Venice Biennale of 2015.
June: Modern Miniatures exhibition through Art Events, at Art Gallery, Nelson Mandela bay Then to the National Arts Festival in Trinity Hall.
July: Turbine Hall Art Fair, at Turbine Hall, Johannesburg in collaboration with Art Space, now Lizamore and Associates. Curator: Teresa Lizamore.
September: Thami Mnjele Fine Art Awards exhibition, Kempton Park.
-Surreal Synthesis, St Lorient Fashion and Art gallery. Pretoria. Curator: Celia De Villiers.
October: Alice in Wonderland, at Art Lovers, Pretoria. Curator: Gordon Froud.
November: Collective Spaces, 4th Year graduate exhibition Visual Arts. Pretoria University. Pretoria.
-For the love of figures, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria. Curator: Carl Jeppe. Pretoria
Selected group exhibitions 2012:
- Fient lifestyle Gallery Opening exhibition, Pretoria.
- St Lorient Fashion and Art gallery, 5 Artists, Pretoria.
Selected group exhibitions 2011:
MAP (Modern Art Projects) Retrospective, U.J gallery, Johannesburg University
Selected group exhibitions 2010:
- Bodies in Transition, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria. Curator: Elfrieda Dreyer.
“Skin” Art Space Warehouse, Johannesburg. Curator: Teresa Lizamore.
Danelle Janse van Rensburg, Adelle Oldfield and Thelma Van Rensburg
- Art Space Warehouse, Johannesburg - Oppitafel Group Exhibition. Curator: Teresa Lizamore
- St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery, Pretoria – Perfume bottle exhibition.
Selected group exhibitions 2009:
Aardklop Arts Festival, Group Exhibi