Karen Cronje

In our latest issue we spotlight three contemporary, Cape Town-based artists, who are well-positioned to rise to new heights this year. Watch this space. 

Karen Cronje

One of SA’s best kept art secrets, Karen Cronje, took a huge leap by becoming a full-time artist three years ago, after a career teaching Senior School Art for 16 years.

Karen CronjeBest-known for her layered landscapes, in particular mountains, which have inspired her from her youth, Cronje aims to create intimate moments which reflect her personal art making process.

By her own admission, Cronje’s approach is intuitive, working on several paintings at any given time, spontaneously shifting between them until they take shape. With an insightful approach, Cronje explores pertinent issues around the continuous struggle over land in South Africa, yet ironically, her work is often delicately luxuriant.

Born in 1975, Cronje holds a BA in Visual Arts (cum laude) (1997) and an MA in Visual Arts (2001) from the University of Stellenbosch.

Karen Cronje

Her collections can be found at 99Loop Art Gallery in Loop Street, Cape Town www.99loop.co.za.