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From self trained artist, to having a respected name synonymous with her industry of choice- Cementitious wall and floor coatings - Viv Van Heerden began just like all self motivated artists – at home. Growing up in the Umhlanga region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Viv began with clothing design, consequently moving onto fashion fabrics. Stirred by a passion for paint techniques, she unleashed herself on her own home. Clients were intrigued and the commissions to redecorate and technique other peoples homes poured in. Then came a discovery of her natural affinity with decorative concrete.
Specialising in cement wall and floor products, Viv has unarguably established herself as a leading applicator of this art form in South Africa. Landmark projects like Ushaka Marine World, Sibiya Casino and Monte Casino, to name a few, have all fallen under her spell, her name is well respected in the industry. Clients include JT Ross, Stocks and Stocks and WBHO. Viv has expanded the use of this medium to include breathtaking mosaics and grand mirrors, among many other art pieces.
Viv’s broad vision, deep creativity, crafted skills and attention to detail constantly push the boundaries of the industry, creating new & dazzling ways to make her work her own. She crafts beautiful paintings using diverse methods and mediums, incorporating bead work and crystals. Her artwork has captured the hearts of many clients, friends and family. Recently inspired to explore other avenues that would compliment her work, Viv now includes mosaics by design, hand painted mosaic tiles as well as antique and distressed mirrors in her portfolio. So whether it be incorporating Swarovski crystals or semi-precious stones into walls and floors or other forms of artwork, Viv’s passion and skill, work hand in hand. Some would consider this rare in an age of mass production and the impersonal corporate work product.
Client satisfaction is entwined in Viv’s sense of dignity in her own work. Her refreshing ability to interpret a client’s vision and incorporate her own signature touches without losing focus on her client’s requirements ensures that her involvement in any project leaves both the client and herself with a lasting sense of achievement. Hence the pursuit of maintaining integrity of design and not compromising in design from concept phase to product end delivery.
Viv's passion is infectious. Focus is on textured and tactile painting on canvas. Each piece is a story and each piece is painted from the heart. She is a merchant of creativity, glamour and the exotic. Imagination comes alive with feeling and texture. Because each project is custom designed, the scope for creativity is endless. Every aspect of the material can be shaped to reflect your theme and the mood you wish to create. She is constantly pushing boundaries - from floors with wood and gemstone embedded features to paintings and mirrors which shimmer in the evening light. Using many different mediums and methods she creates glass and mirror art with a difference, incorporating bead work and crystals resulting in the paintings shimmering in the light creating a mystical ambiance.
If you can dream it, Viv can do it.
Viv says - "because I have no formal fine arts training - I dont know the rules - so there are no rules - everything I do is a new exciting journey for me - my imagination knows no limits!"
Viv now resides in Kyalami she has an 18 year old son Cameron, who attends varsity and two daughters She also has three beautiful grandchildren whom she absolutely adores.
Matric - Danville Girls High - Marketing and Decorating Diploma.
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