Anina Deetlefs

Anina Deetlefs

South Africa | 5 artworks for sale

In her own words her work can be best understood:

“I do agree with the words of James Baldwin that artists are here to disturb the peace.

This disturbance is not a negative demeanour, but rather a positive kick in reality’s butt. I believe I am here to challenge the universe, just enough to play a little trick on humankind’s view of the world. If I leave this planet, by only contributing to one person’s journey into lateral thinking, I succeeded.”
Anina was born in Cape Town and grew up in the Northern suburbs.  She obtained a Degree in Graphic Design at the University of Stellenbosch in 1995.  She worked both locally and internationally and was a finalist in the Sasol New Signature Competition, The Sanlam Portrait Awards and the StateoftheART Gallery Award.

Anina found her niche in large and small portrait and figurative studies with meticulous attention to detail.  The themes she uses are relatable and inspiring to the viewer.  Throughout her work she challenges viewers to find their own interpretation of reality.  She draws her inspiration from everyday life, with deep roots in heritage, childhood, womanhood and relationships.

Through her work she embodies human growth and spiritual enlightenment by her awareness of the unique nature of humankind.

Selected Exhibitions:

2020
Home Is Where The Art Is - Zeitz MOCAA
Rust-en-Vrede Rescue Exhibition - Rust-en-Vrede Gallery
Metsi Lifes Waters  - Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town
A Still Life - Saronsberg Kunsteater 
Top 100 Allwomxnmatter Competition  - Art@Africa in affiliation with the Julie Miller African Contemporary
Woman Who Read Are Dangerous - Rust-en-Vrede 
Committee 's Choice plus one - Art B Gallery
The Grande  - Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

2019
Tulbagh Artbewing Art fesival 

2018
Group Exhibition - Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town
Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I find  the embroidery done on rubber by Hannalie Taute as well as the light clay relief work done by Jo Roets, inspiring. 

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Cecil Skotnes
Cecil Skotnes merged elements of Western art with elements of traditional African culture, history, and folklore. 
There is an ambiguity in his  work. It compels the viewer, like the artist to ruminate over the complexity of the human dilemma, particularly on a personal spiritual level.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Any large work by Marlene Dumas.

Pick three artists who you would be honored to exhibit with – and why
Christiaan Diedericks for the beautiful, emotional quality of his work.
Talitha Deetlefs for the feminine yet strong elements in her sculptures.
Fadiel Hermans  for the unique way he delivers social commentary within the setting of a striking work of art. 

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
I always wanted to be a fine artist but ended up obtaining a Degree in Graphic Design. When the opportunity arose to paint full time, I took it!
 
?What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?
There is a strong emotional message in my work, as well as exploring universal experiences we all encounter while living life: love, hardship, growing older, womanhood , motherhood, relationships, memories, heritage, choices, to name a few. 

What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
It always has a narrative. There is a deeper meaning. My figurative works aims to prompt questions about the concept it is portraying. There is always a positive, uplifting message. 

Tell us more about your creative process.
My works are always born from a personal experience or feeling. I take some time thinking about this. I  usually talk it through with my family or friends, I find a  sounding board helpful. They give me valuable feedback. I  write about what it is I want to portray. Then, I will tackle the task of building a story around this theme that consist out of a number of works. After that, I will either draw inspiration from countless images or get models and take photo's. Then I will settle down and paint. 

Do you believe an artist should use their platform to influence society? Why?
 Yes! Viewing art, especially Contemporary Art can be inspiring for people. Visual Art depicts and comments on the world. Such depictions and commentary can inspire people to action and push viewers to become better versions of themselves.

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
Yes, a large scale oil titled 'Right'. 

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? 
I find the artist profession multi-faceted and each element is a personal achievement to me, wether it is having a solo, being part of a group exhibition, delivering a commission to a satisfied client,  connecting with the beautiful people who purchase my work, getting through to the next round in an art competition or simply appreciating the positive feedback from folks who see my work via social media or in a gallery. These are all highlights. 

What are your aspirations for the future?
Bettering my skill and to keep on enjoying this gift of being able to create art.