Biography

Natasja de Wet was born in South Africa in 1968. She is a Fine Art and Graphic Design graduate from Tshwane University of Technology. De Wet continued her studies in Visual Art at UNISA under former professor and HOD of Visual Art Elfriede Dreyer and Koos van der Watt, at third-year level in Drawing and Painting. De Wet’s subtle portrayal of the human psyche led her to study Psychophonetics (personal development) at Persephone College under Jehuda Tagar.

In her early solo exhibitions, Facing Reality (2001) and Living in Process (2002), she questioned and excavated, with oil on acrylic sheets, the continual process of life. In 2004 she followed these with a conceptual and installation exhibition about Valkenburg Mental Hospital (Re-Con-Text), with dramatic drawings and mixed-media work linked to three-dimensional assemblage, constructed from found objects.

After partaking in a group exhibition (Afrovibes) in Amsterdam, another solo exhibition, Thicker Skin was held in Cape Town in 2008 (the work here a row of acrylic boxes containing objects made from fabric, latex, gauze, bandages, rubber and paper, exploring issues like camouflage, hiding, insecurity and sexuality).

Also in 2008, Sasol Gas acquired the work on paper 'The grass is greener on the other side', and it now hangs in the foyer of the Sasol Gas building in Johannesburg.

In 2009 De Wet participated in the Florence Biennale, where she received an award for ‘Excavating Solid Courage’ – a mixed-media work on paper. She continued with this theme and showed the body of work ‘Contemplation’ at the 2011 Izmir Biennale in Turkey.

In her fifth solo exhibition, Running Towards Yourself, in Cape Town in 2013, De Wet explored the notion that, unconsciously, humans are in constant flux to balance, or at least harmonize, the feminine and masculine sides of their being. The paintings were produced in acrylic on canvas, allowing for the rapid and energetic application of paint and expressionistic mark-making.

In 2015 one of De Wet’s paintings from the body of work ‘Running Towards Yourself’ was acquired for the permanent collection of the city of Seinäjoki, in Finland.

All De Wet’s work can be seen as portraiture of some kind. She instinctively strives to reveal the inner character, or soft underbelly, of humankind.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

TERTIARY TRAINING
COMPLETED STUDIES

Tshwane University of Technology

  • Diploma - National Diploma Fine Art

  • Diploma - National Diploma Graphic Design

Persephone College

  • Diploma - Psychophonetics Personal Development

University of South Africa - UNISA

  • BA Visual Art - (Third year)

TERTIARY TRAINING

CURRENT STUDIES

University of Cape Town - UCT

  • Postgraduate Diploma - Michaelis School of Art

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Abstract – Youngblood Arts & Culture Development - Cape Town 2017

  • Red Carpet Concepts Annual Fashion Show - Camps Bay 2016

  • Artists living with disabilities – Youngblood Arts & Culture Development -Cape Town 2015

  • In the Garden – The Exhibitionists Group - Camps Bay 2015

  • Beyond Borders – YLI RAJOJEN - SEINAJOEN TAIDEHALLI - Finland 2015

  • Youngblood Collaboration – Youngblood Arts & Culture Development -Cape Town 2015

  • Art of Objects by artists – Allderman POP UP Gallery and The Studio - Kalk Bay 2014

  • Edgemead Library Exhibition – Artmore Marketing Services                 Cape Town 2014

  • 1000 DRAWINGS Empowerment Project                                                 Cape Town 2014

  • Om die hasepad te kies - Die Breytenbach Galery/Gallery
    Wellington 2013

  • Fried Autumn Art Fair - FRIED Contemporary Gallery
    Pretoria 2013

  • HAWK Hangklip Art Week - Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
    Betty’s Bay 2013

  • Christmas Exhibition - Is Art Gallery at Le Quartier Francais
    Franschoek 2012 - 2013

  • Alter Ego - Rust & Vrede Gallery
    Durbanville 2012

  • Life - Rust & Vrede Gallery
    Durbanville 2012

  • Johannesburg 360 degrees - Artspace
    Johannesburg 2011

  • Self Portrait - Rust & Vrede Gallery
    Durbanville 2011

  • Oppitafel: Babette’s Feast - Artspace
    Johannesburg 2009

  • AVA Artreach Artists’ Clocks - Association for Visual Arts
    Cape Town 2008

  • Afrovibes - Galerie Chiellerie - Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2008

  • Oppitafel VI - Artspace -Johannesburg 2007

  • Greenhouse – from painting to plastic - Bell-Roberts Gallery, Lourensford Estate - Somerset West 2007

  •  Flesh - KKNK Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees - Oudtshoorn 2007   
  • Turn the Table - Artspace
    Johannesburg 2006

  • Dornier Wine Estate Art Expo
    Stellenbosch 2006

  • Portraits - Chelsea on 34
    Darling 2006

  • Membership Exhibition - Association for Visual Art
    Cape Town 2005

  • Oppitafel - Artspace
    Johannesburg 2005

  • Absolut Finale - AVA
    Cape Town 2005

  • Absolut Moment - AVA
    Cape Town 2004

  • Graphics & Ceramics - Chelsea on 34
    Darling 2004

  • Serenity - Chelsea on 34
    Darling 2003

  • Absolut Magic - AVA
    Cape Town 2003

  • Puzzles - Rust & Vrede Gallery
    Durbanville 2003

  • Bon Voyage - Chelsea Gallery
    Cape Town 2003

  • Salon Sale - Rust & Vrede Gallery
    Durbanville 2002

  • Gifted - Bellville Art Association
    Cape Town 2002

  • Alteration - Chelsea Gallery
    Cape Town 2002

  • Under the Southern Cross - Chelsea Gallery
    Cape Town 2002

  • Absolut Voyeur - AVA
    Cape Town 2002

  • Aarsel - KKNK Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees
    Oudtshoorn 2001

  • Transparency - Chelsea Gallery
    Cape Town 2000

  • Group Exhibition 1 - Joao Ferreira Fine Art
    Cape Town 2000

  • Group Exhibition 2 - Joao Ferreira Fine Art
    Cape Town 2000

  • Unisa Student Exhibition - National Gallery, Annexe Gallery
    Cape Town 1999

  • New Art Exhibition - Joao Ferreira Fine Art
    Cape Town 1999

  • Membership Exhibition - Association of Visual Art
    Cape Town 1999

  • Unisa Student Exhibition - African Window
    Pretoria 1999

  • Technikon Exhibition - Noord-Transvaalse Raad van Kultuursake
    Pretoria 1991

  • Technikon Pretoria Final Year Exhibition - Pretoria Art Association
    Pretoria 1991

  • Technikon Group Exhibition - Kempton Park 1991


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Running Towards Yourself - Casa Labia Gallery
    Cape Town 2013
  • Thicker Skin - Association for Visual Arts (AVA)
    Cape Town 2008
  • RE-CON-TEXT - Joao Ferreira Gallery
    Cape Town 2004
  • Living in Process - Chelsea Gallery
    Cape Town 2002
  • Facing Reality - Chelsea Gallery
    Cape Town 2001

BIENNALES

  • Izmir Biennale - Izmir, Turkey 2011
  • Florence Biennale - Florence, Italy 2009

COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS

  • Florence Biennale Award for “Work on Paper" - Florence, Italy 2009
  • Bellville New Signatures Competition (Final) - Bellville Art Association
    Cape Town 1999
  • Bellville New Signatures Competition (Final) - Bellville Art Association
    Cape Town 1997
  • ABSA Atelier Competition (Final) - Pretoria Art Museum 1996  

TELEVISION AND RADIO INTERVIEWS

  • DSTV, Fashion One - 2016
  • RADIO SONDER GRENSE, RSG - 2009
  • SABC 2, Curious Culture -2006
  • DSTV, Kunskafee - 2002
  • DSTV, Kunskafee - 2001

WORK EXPERIENCE AS LECTURER

 

  • April 1997 - August 1997
    The Design School, Southern Africa (Pretoria and Johannesburg)
    Graphic Design Lecturer and Fine Art Lecturer
  • January 1998 - December 1998
    Ruth Prowse College of Art and Design (Cape Town)
    Head of Graphic Design Department
    Graphic Design and Fine Art Lecturer
  • January 2008 - October 2013
    Mixed-Media Art Classes (Cape Town)
    Painting Workshops
    Self-Exploration and Mixed-Media Art Workshops
  • March 2013 - January 2014
    Casa Labia Gallery (Muizenberg, Cape Town)
    Rust & Vrede Gallery (Durbanville, Cape Town)
  • March 2016 onwards - SELF-EXPLORATION AND MIXED-MEDIA ART WORKSHOPS