Klara-Marié den Heijer
Klara-Marié den Heijer was born in Pretoria and grew up in Somerset-West, where she started to keep strange things in bottles under her bed. She took painting as a subject at Parel Vallei High School. She obtained her BAVA in Fine Arts (cum laude) at the nearby University of Stellenbosch, where she tried every possible art medium except for painting. Longing for adventure, she moved to South Korea for a few years, where she taught English, bought a camera, and took woodcarving lessons. She became homesick and moved back to South Africa, to Cape Town, where she worked at a printing company by day and painted by night.
She realised there is more to know, and completed her MAVA in Fine Arts (cum laude) from the same university, where she focussed on oil painting and ended up gathering and grinding anything she can find into pigment. Her Masters exhibition was titled LIGGING and her thesis Minding Matter: reflecting and fixating on landscape painting.
In 2017 she was accepted an Art Residency 108 in New York and in 2018 she spent a month at a residency in France. Today she is settled in Stellenbosch, with her husband, and she works from her studio situated on Rustenberg Wine Estate.