Zandri Oosthuysen

Zandri Oosthuysen


Zandri Oosthuysen (b. 1991) is a South African Artist, Art Historian, and Arts Educator. Oosthuysen studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, obtaining a Master’s degree in Art History in 2016 as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in 2014. Oosthuysen has participated in numerous group exhibitions and had her work both commissioned and acquired for a number of individuals’ private collections. Her work engages with the notion of Memento Mori – the Latin phrase meaning ‘remember, you will die’. This subject, closely related to Vanitas still life, was prevalent during the Baroque. The genre featured symbols pointing to mortality – encouraging reflection on the transience of life. With a current focus on animal [Mammalia] skulls indigenous to South Africa, rather than typical human skulls, her work situates this concept within a South African context. Oosthuysen uses their remains as a still life to contemplate mortality and to flesh out ideas of life and death.

2021: She Empowered, Group Exhibition (29 May – 29 June 2021), She Impressions, virtual exhibition.
2020: TAF Paper I. Group Exhibition (9 December 2020 – 7 March 2021) Turbine Art Fair. TAF’s first online edition presenting works on paper.
2020: All Womxn Matter, Group Exhibition (27 August – 24 September), Art@Africa & Julie Miller African Contemporary presents a womxn focused Exhibition.
2020: Acuity Art Advisory, COVID-19 Auction: Gift of the Givers (5 June – 12 June). Proceeds of Auction donated to Gift of the Givers Foundation to assist with relief efforts to combat COVID-19.
2019: Conceptual Animal Group Exhibition (5 July – 31 August), Art. Well Gallery, Jhb.
2018: Assemblage Inktober Exhibition (Group show) (8 – 11 November), Julie Miller African Contemporary, Craighall Park.
2018: State of The Art Gallery Award 2018: Top 40. State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2018: Turbine Art Fair (TAF18) (12 – 15 July), Talent Unlocked booth featuring works by the RMB Talent Unlocked artists, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2018: Talent Unlocked Group Exhibition (Pop-up Show) 29 June, Assemblage Gallery, 153 Smit street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
2018: RMB Talent Unlocked Artist Career Development Programme (10 February – 15 July), Johannesburg. Assemblage in partnership with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), Rand Merchant Bank, and the Turbine Art Fair present the Talent Unlocked mentorship and professional practice programme.
2017: Assemblage Inktober Exhibition (Group Show) (9 – 12 November) (Nedbank Corner Building, Braamfontein). Inspired by the international Inktober challenge (creating a work using
ink every day for the month of October – 31 days, 31 Ink drawings).
2017: Florence Academy of Art Summer Painting Course (6 – 10 August), Stowe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. Instructed by Toby Wright, the portraiture course involved painting from life using the sight size method and employing classical techniques.
2015: South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH) Conference, 30th Annual Conference,
(10-12 September), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg (Theme: Power and Visual Culture). Title of paper presented: Johannes Phokela’s Candle Bathing: Post- colonialism and Baroque.

2014: Judging Panel for Damelin’s National Art Exhibition (24 October 2014), Damelin College, Randburg, Johannesburg.
2014: Grad Show: NEWWORK14 (25 November – 15 December 2014), Wits Art Museum. Graduation Exhibition of WITS final year (4th year) BFA students.
2014: NEWWORK14 Auction, Group Exhibition (18 September 2014) (Kalashnikovv Gallery, Braamfontein) WITS Fine Arts final year students’ Group Show & Auction.

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