Marlene  Steyn

Marlene Steyn

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Born in 1989

Lives & works in Cape Town, , South Africa

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Private Collections : Luo Yi, YIS Foundation, London, UK & Beijing, China; Springmeier Collection, Berlin, Germany;

Public Collections : Royal College of Art, London, UK;

Collected by museums and foundations


Presentation of the artist

Marlene Steyn was born in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. She obtained her Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. 

"All of my work moves towards the same questions and themes, but I’m very interested in the process we follow to create a sense of self in this contemporary time—especially as a female. My work is a combination of deep-diving into the conscious, trying to find calm in the craziness of everyday life, while spiritually trying to make sense of what a self is.”

“I think we are too quick to form lines around ourselves and say “this is me,” and “this is not me,” but identity is much more entangled and interwoven, and we have many selves, which is why I speak about the self as a plurality,” Steyn told artnet News.

In late 2019 Steyn will be collaborating with Lezanne Viviers, fashion designer and founder of VIVIERS to present OR/BITING AURABOROS, a performative installation as part of VIVIER’s SS2020 showcase of her latest collection. She will be included in a three person exhibition, alongside Jeanne Gaigher and Kresiah Mukwazhi, at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy. Steyn will also be featured at Luxembourg Art Week in Luxembourg as part of Galerie DYS’ presentation. In 2020 Steyn will be taking part in an upcoming residency at Sundaymorning@ekwc in Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

Most recently, Steyn’s solo exhibition, Unbuttoning my belly, at Lychee One in London. Earlier solo exhibitions, include: How Cannibals Cuddle at Cabin Gallery in London, in 2014; Mad Love at Lychee One in London and The End is Located Underneath Her Third Armpit (if the muscle is flexed) in Cape Town, both in 2015; as well as Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; and You Can’t Cry When Your Head is Underwater at Lychee One, London, both in 2016.

Marlene Steyn’s work features in numerous public and private collections including the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which was featured at the museum’s inaugural exhibition in 2017.

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Nationality : South Africa

Painting Sculpture Drawing Contemporary Art

In connection with

SMAC Gallery, Cape Town - South Africa


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1989

Born in Cape Town, South Africa

Education

2014

Master of Fine Arts in Painting Degree (MA), Royal College of Art, London, UK

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2011

Master of Fine Arts in Painting Degree (MA), Royal College of Art, London, UK

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

unbuttoningmybelly, Lychee One, London, UK

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2019

deep she dive her, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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2018

Shouty Insides, Galerie DYS, Brussels, Belgium

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2018

miart (SMAC Gallery), Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy

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2018

Garden Smoothie, collaborative exhibition with Gabrielle Kruger, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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2017

Knot I : I Knot, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2016

You Can’t Cry When Your Head is Underwater, Lychee One, London, UK

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2016

Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

Luxembourg Art Week (Galerie DYS), Luxembourg

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2019

African Textures, OSART Gallery, Milan, Italy

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2019

arteBOTANICA, in collaboration with Lezanne Viviers, Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, South Africa

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2019

FNB Art Joburg (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johanneburg, South Africa

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2019

Paper Summer, Galerie DYS, Brussels, Belgium

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2019

HOLDING STILL: Psychology and Portraiture, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2019

L’acte final – scene one: Louis & friends, GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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2019

Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa

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2018

Bone Memory, Lychee One, London, UK

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