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Rheta-Mari is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
Born - Luanshya, Zambia
Rheta did her schooling in Zambia & Zimbabwe. She won numerous art competitions, one of which was the Anglo American Calendar Competition.
Rheta studied Graphic Design at Durban Technikon, South Africa.
She then stayed on in Durban & worked in the Silkscreen, Publishing & Advertising Industry, specialising in finished art, layout, design, illustration & studio management.
After working for 25 years, Rheta decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a full time career in Fine Art. She found that it opened up endless challenges & avenues for experimenting with various mediums & ideas, allowing her to be more creative.
Her love for Navajo Indian jewellery, antique silver jewellery & also sculpture led her into experimenting with metals on a larger scale. Rheta now creates HAND BEATEN Wall Sculptures in ALUMINIUM, a unique technique that she has been perfecting over the last 12 years. It is important to note that this technique is entirely different to pewter work & far harder. Rheta 'draws' on metal, using an adapted screwdriver, hammer, engraver and other adapted tools. These produce a striking effect of light & shadow, which she loves.
NB: These sculptures are NOT CAST or MOULDED in any way and are therefore ORIGINAL, ONE OF A KIND, as each indentation on the metal is one stroke of her hand held hammer and screw driver.
Rheta is self-taught & also enjoys working in acrylics, oil pastels, mixed media & woodcuts. Her versatility in medium & subject matter (abstract to highly detailed realism), love for colour & texture are obvious in her work. Many of her works reflect African influences, be it the bright colours, design elements or subject matter. She finds variety essential in keeping her stimulated & driven.
Rheta’s work is mostly contemporary & nonrepresentational. She has discovered that when she allows her energy to reign free, the possibilities of what she might create are endless and her finished work is bound to reflect that energy she feels during the process.
Rheta is privileged to have been chosen to appear as one of x13 artists featured on DSTV in the kykNET "Droomhuis/Dreamhome" series in October 2010.
Shows & Art Expos
2013 Nashua Art in the Park - Pietermaritzburg, SA
2012 Art Givers (SPCA)- La Lucia Mall, SA
2012 Art in the Hills (Rotary)- Makaranga Lodge, SA
2011 Nashua Art in the Park - Pietermaritzburg, SA
2010 Nashua Art in the Park - Pietermaritzburg, SA
2010 Featured “Metal Art”- DSTV Droomhuis/Dreamhouse, SA
2005 Nashua Art in the Park - Pietermaritzburg, SA
2003 New York International Art Show - New York, USA
2003 South African Cardiff Art & Decor Show - Cardiff, Wales
2003 Nedcor Building Summit - Johannesburg, SA
2003 Rand Easter Show - Johannesburg, SA
2003 Decorex - Durban & Johannesburg, SA
2003 NBS House & Garden Show - Durban Exhibit Centre, SA
2002 Ronor Art Expo - Ronor Garden Nursery, Hillcrest, SA
2002 NBS House & Garden Show - Durban, SA
2002 Richards Bay Expo - Richards Bay, SA
2001 Hilton Arts Festival - Hilton, SA
Exhibitions (Group & Solo)
2013 Artisan Ensemble 2013 - Artisan Gallery - Durban, SA
2011 Affordable Art - ArtSpace - Durban, SA
2011 Buzzart - KZNSA Gallery - Durban, SA
2010 Affordable Art - ArtSpace - Durban, SA
2009 Black & White - Imbizo Gallery - Ballito, SA
2009 Lindsay Gallery - Durban North, SA
2008 Lindsay Gallery - Durban North, SA
2007 Blue Caterpillar Gallery - Pietermaritzburg, SA
2007 Buzzart - KZNSA Gallery - Durban, SA
2006 Buzzart - KZNSA Gallery - Durban, SA
2005 Re-Store - Durban,SA
2004 Solo - Graphics - La Lucia Mall, SA
2003 Antiquarius - African Atelier - Philadelphia, USA
2003 Blue Caterpillar Gallery - Pietermaritzburg, SA
2002 Fill a Frame - Coppin Johnson Gallery - Durban, SA
2002 The Gallery - Westville, SA
2002 Solo Artist(February) - Fairways - Hillcrest, SA
GCE O Level, M Level, Diploma Graphic Design
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