24 June 2005

Namibia: Artist/Judge Heats Up Biennale Race

Windhoek — Standard Bank announced this week that the celebrated local artist, Anita Steyn, has been appointed as one of the judges for this year's Biennale.

Steyn, who hails from Karibib, is a well-known expressionist and mixed media artist.

She read a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria and also studied weaving and design. She furthermore educated herself in the art of ceramics. Anita Steyn has given 10 solo exhibitions and her works are held in 14 different countries.

Steyn paints watercolours, oils, acrylics and mixed media. Her style can be described as expressionistic with its lively sweeping lines, dramatic concepts, vigorous colours and strong explosive compositions. She draws in charcoal and pencil and does weaving, textiles and ceramics. She is known for her handmade tiles and washbasins and she paints on ceramic surfaces which resemble oil paintings. Her subject matter is mostly objects and figures in a landscape setting.

Steyn said: "I have had quite a few highlights throughout my artistic career, but to me the most fantastic thing about my art is the fact that I can make a living out of art with my own hands in Namibia, whether it's functional or fine art."

At her home in Karibib, she is currently finalizing the opening of the Anita Steyn art studio, which will include a gallery as well as a showroom for her handmade washbasins and tiles. She expressed her excitement about the Standard Bank Biennale, which she terms the pulse of artistic happenings in Namibia.

'To me the Standard Bank Biennale has always been the barometer through which the happenings in our country are expressed with the medium of various arts."

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