Juria le Roux
Juria le Roux was born in Zimbabwe in 1963, where she spent her childhood on a cattle and maize farm near Rusape. She has lived in South Africa since 1976. She obtained a B.A. Creative Arts Degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at the University of Stellenbosch in 1986. She founded Amulet, a co-operative workshop with three members, in Cape Town, in 1987. Juria has held and taken part in solo and group jewellery and painting exhibitions since 1986. In 1993 she was awarded second prize for her brooch “Adam, Eve and the Tree of Knowledge” in the De Beers Diamonds Today competition. From 1995 she spent 8 years abroad in Belgium and the USA. On her return to South Africa she resumed making special commission jewellery pieces for private clients, whilst also investigating her love for painting under the tutorship of Pieter Vermaak. Her solo exhibition ‘Elegie’ / ‘Reeksmoord’ (US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch 2011 and Absa KKNK, Oudtshoorn 2012) - 50 portraits of murder victims in South Africa, meant as a work of tribute and protest, was met with widespread interest. In 2015, 2017 and 2019 her work was selected for the Sanlam Portrait Award ”TOP 40” collection: “Joey Mashiya – Local Hero” (2015), “Kitchen Tea” (2017) and “Inheritance” (2019). She lives on Langverwagt farm near Kuils River.