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Born in South Africa on the 24th of June 1981, self-taught Post-Apartheid artist Bastiaan van Stenis is a direct descendant of the renowned 19th Century English painter John Thomas Baines.
Bastiaan, of half Dutch, half South African descent, grew up in Cape Town, where in 2000 he began to fully dedicate himself to painting and commenced exhibiting his work, an endeavour that he continues to this day.
Bastiaan's work is identifiable through his unique use of colour and texture and the artist provides audiences with a reflexive view of the world. His is an oeuvre that compels us to look and look again as he contradicts distinct, yet inextricably linked subjects through a montage of techniques and sound draughtsmanship.
His paintings are expressed using a diverse range of tools and mediums including paint, cloth, encaustic wax, hair, glues and collage. In his own words, "What drives me is the process, the creating, and the creation itself is just another stop on the way." His other projects include taxidermy, sculpture and composition of music.
Bastiaan's recent work is an unpredictable assembly of visuals inspired by nature. Bastiaan van Stenis imaginatively meditates on his surroundings and gives us a brief yet unwavering narrative of the environment and the animals and humans that inhabit this space. The artist relays a multiplicity of meaning through his paintings where diversity is reflected in each work. His exploration of materials echo the duality of urban and rural landscapes and his un-division of human and animal forms are transparent.
Various group and solo exhibitions since 2003
2018 Duo exhibition with Ruhan Jansen van Vuuren , Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa
2017 Group exhibition, Fynarts, Rossouw Modern Gallery, Hermanus, South Africa
2016 Solo exhibition, " Rogue", Fynarts, Rossouw Modern Gallery, Hermanus, South Africa
2015 Solo Exhibition, Tertius Art & Objects, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2013 Solo Exhibition, Dejavu Art Gallery , Son, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2010 Studio Exhibition, Combination of work by Bastiaan Van Stenis and Gerard Cloete
2010 Solo Exhibition, Rossouw Modern, Groot Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
2009 Solo Exhibition, "Godog", Rossouw Modern Gallery, Groot Constantia, Cape Town
2008 Group Exhibition, Gerard Cloete Gallery, Cape Town
2007 Group Exhibition, Hout Bay Gallery, Cape Town
2006 Solo Exhibition, "Go Figure" Gerard Cloete Gallery, Cape Town
2006 Solo Exhibition, Red - The Gallery Cape Town
2005 Group Exhibition, VEO Gallery, Cape Town
2004 Solo Exhibition "Figurescaping", VEO Gallery, Cape Town
2003 Solo Exhibition "Go" VEO Gallery, Cape Town
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