Cedric Vanderlinden

I always have been deeply interested in the fine arts. Specifically, painting and drawing have always held a special fascination for me. Growing up in Brussels, field and family trips to the museums and galleries were a regular and special treat.
After finishing school, I finally got a chance to study fine arts at University, where I discovered a passion for history and theory, as well as pursuing my focus on painting. I also discovered, towards the end of my time there, a talent for teaching and the years I spent lecturing were some of the best of my life.
Over the last 2 decades since then, I have continued to paint, draw, and exhibit locally and nationally. More recently, I completed my Mtech: Fine Arts. I supplement my deep love of fine arts by running Port Elizabeth’s primary contemporary art space: Underculture Contemporary.

What is the favourite piece of art that you own?

A large abstract piece by Daniel Nel.
Do you have any advice for someone starting an art collection?
Start small, get to know what you are doing. Be willing to make mistakes (because you’re starting small, they’re inconsequential). But start.
What does the art in your home say about you?

Overall, it forms a texture to the living space. It informs the visitor as to the numinous qualities of your character. It ‘seals’ a room and creates a specific mood. For my home, I will leave that up to visitors to decide.
Which South African artist, living or dead, would you most like to meet?

Conrad Botes
Which books are on your bedside table?
Too many to count, unfortunately. I haven’t gotten around to reading them all yet.
What music are you currently listening to?
I recently got the soundtrack to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. Both the film and the soundtrack are life-changing in their scale and ambition.
What was the last great exhibition you went to?

Recently, while we were in Brussels, we got to see a small exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang. It was transformative.
Do you have a favourite museum or gallery (worldwide)?
I know it’s going to sound cliché, but I absolutely love the Louvres.
If you could have any piece of art on StateoftheART regardless of price or size, what would it be?

Sosyskloof Trail – Studio Version I by Marie-Adèle de Villiers


Paul Klee said that “drawing is taking a line for a walk,” but the line persists beyond drawing. It is the sinuous and sensitive thread in everything: from painting to sculpture.

Line, blunt or sensitive, defines forms and creates shape. It describes, defines, delimitates. It can also hint, suggest, invite, and tease. It is the gateway through which the viewer enters a work, and the path the eye follows as it dances across a surface.

Klee only had it partly right: drawing, regardless of medium, does more than take a line for a walk. It the right hands, it runs marathons, it hides, it jumps, and it tumbles like an acrobat. A single sensuous will makes you fall in love with a work. Line is the essence of drawing and drawing is the essence of art-making.