ABOUT

Renée Rossouw (b. 1985) is an artist, designer and architect based in Cape Town. Not yet ten years into her career, she has wasted no time in racking up a veritable catalogue of accolades across the creative spheres – from pattern and product design to murals and art. Graphic, bold and colourful, Rossouw’s artworks are informed by a vast personal “library” of shapes and patterns – observed, recorded, transformed and abstracted over the years; stored in sketchbooks, on walls and inside plastic boxes. These individual elements hold infinite variations of meaning, further unfolded as forms are selected, combined and composed in a process distinctly playful and inventive, a process as significant as the end result. Rossouw’s inspiration is kaleidoscopic, drawn from 1980s Lego sets and national flags, architectural mishaps and nature’s “language of geometries”; her primary objective to “explore the dimensions of our natural world and the versatile environments of South Africa”.

After obtaining her master’s degree in architecture in 2009, Rossouw was one of 13 students selected for the prestigious master’s programme in product design at European Design Labs, Madrid, under director Jaime Hayon. Her career has continued in this vein of multidisciplinary, acclaimed practice, with highlights including: a collaboration with IKEA in 2017 and again in 2019; a sell-out solo show at the Voorkamer Gallery in 2016; participation in the Venice Biennale, Milan Saloni di Mobile, Madrid Art Fair, Moscow Design Week and Design Indaba; selection as 100% Design South Africa’s Feature Designer and recipient of the Best Product Design award in 2015. She is also a lecturer at UCT’s School of Architecture and has delivered talks at Design Indaba and Madrid Design Net Conference “  – 50ty50ty

EXHIBITIONS

2020 – The Gallery – “Show” Group Exhibition (Cape Town)

2019 – Saronsberg Cellar – “Second Take” Group Exhibition (Tulbagh)

2019 – Salon91, Folklore Group Exhibition (Cape Town)

2018 – Voorkamer Gallery, September SOLO Exhibition (Cape Town)

2018 – Salon91, Turbine Art Fair (Johannesburg)

2018 – World Art, “Geon” Group Exhibition (Cape Town)

2018 – Woordfees,  “Skrif” Group Exhibition (Stellenbosch)

2017 – Smithstudio, Group Exhibition “Folly” (Cape Town)

2017 – Youngblood Gallery,  Group Exhibition “Abstract” (Cape Town)

2017 – Voorkamer Gallery, Group Exhibition “Hour Work” (Cape Town)

2017 – 100% Design Cape Town as part of Chandlerhouse curated (Cape Town)

2017 – Bennett Contemporary’s May Online Winter Show (Cape Town)

2017 – Absolut Art Stellenbosch – Summer Group Exhibition

2016 – Voorkamer Gallery, SOLO Exhibition “Simboliek” (Cape Town)

2016 – Smithstudio, Group Exhibtion “Sketch” (Cape Town)

2016 – The Project Room, Group Exhibition “Between Stars & Tracks” (Windhoek)

2016 – Bennett Contemporary, Roodebloem studios end of year show (Cape Town)

2015 – Smithstudio, Groupshow “Two” (Cape Town)

2014 – Southern Guild,  “GUILD artisan” design fair, (Cape Town)

2014 – World Art Gallery, SOLO exhibition “ Pattern on Print” (Cape Town)

2014 – Design Indaba “First Editions” (Cape Town)

2014 – Irma Stern Museum, group exhibition, “In Good Company”,  curated by Michael Chandler. (Cape Town)

2014 – Design Indaba, “Yenza Make it Project” (Cape Town)

2013 – Li Edelkoort curated exhibition “Memphis in Africa”, Design Indaba (Cape Town)

2012 – Milan Design Fair – Saloni di Mobile (Milan)

2012 – Moscow Design Week. group exhibition “ IN & Out” (Moscow)

2011 – Just Mad Art Fair, Madrid, group exhibition with European Design Labs (Madrid)

2011 – Emerging Creative at Design Indaba (Cape Town)

2011 – Bread and Butter Trade Show, Berlin, group exhibition with Spanish Brand Victoria (Berlin)

2011 – Freeworld Design Centre, “Safe Spaces Campaign” (Cape Town)

2008 – What if the World Gallery Entrance Installation for the N.3 Design Event (Cape Town)

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