The Autumn 2019 issue of Southern Vines magazine features three South African artists, Andrew Ntshabele, Corné Eksteen and Mila Posthumus , each unique in their background and thematic concerns, create work that is thought-provoking and complex. From the effects of urbanisation to the intricate nature of identity and the nuance of social interaction, these artists’ pieces stir up a range of issues relevant to local and global audiences alike.
Corné Eksteen completed his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa before going on to work in various positions in menswear design, interior decorating, and digital design. He began exhibiting his work in 1996, and his pieces have since been shown at exhibitions around the country, including galleries in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, and Johannesburg. His work also appears in private collections in Germany, Sweden, and the United States.
Corné’s work consists mainly of portraits, through which he explores themes of identity and its deconstruction. These pieces are designed to spark discussion about the complexity of personal identity as a series of fragmented concepts in a constant state of change. He draws inspiration from the world around him and describes himself as an ‘obsessive observer’, always with a camera in hand.