SIMON VENTER (1997 -) Simon Venter is a self-taught artist who enjoys land, seascapes and abstracts but tends to gear towards portraiture. Capturing a person’s story is something he finds invigorating and refreshing. His ambition is to create artwork that is true to himself and describes his artwork as ever evolving and is looking forward to the journey his art career is taking him on. Venter’s preferred medium is oil yet also works in graphite, soft pastels, and charcoal. Inspired by people and the cultural landscape of South Africa, he wants the viewer to engage with his work and derive their own insights. Although born in East London in the Eastern Cape, Venter grew up in Hilton (KwaZulu-Natal), moving to Gqeberha on completion of school. He has participated in a few group exhibitions, the most recent being Captcha Colour with Artyli in 2021, Process at ArtEC in 2019 and he was shortlisted as one of the finalists in the StateoftheART Gallery Award in the same year. Recently, two of his portraits placed in the Top 100 of the 2021 Sanlam Portrait Award at the Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch. Venter also placed in the Top 45 of the annual Vuleka Art Competition, 2021.