Simone Marinus (b. 1985) is a South African visual artist who has taken up painting full-time since 2020. She graduated from the University of Pretoria’s Fine Art Department with a distinction in studio work in 2007, after which she pursued a career as a photographer and completed a second degree within the field of Theology. Her work is most often characterized by disfigured and contorted portraits and figures in abstracted landscapes, applied in thick layers of oil paint on canvas and paper. Her process engages subconscious material and holds space for the artist to work through that which may otherwise evade her daily life. In turn, reflecting and addressing the humanitarian role of the arts.
Most recently Marinus’ work explores the artists’ inner world in a deeper and more conscious manner as she revisits her own childhood rememberings and vulnerability. She describes this space as an unguarded state which allows her to turn towards herself as a young child, and through connecting and listening, is able to offer the grace and understanding which might’ve been missing. This process of reconciliation has offered a change in perspective of the artist’s own role as a mother.
Marinus has been actively engaged in taking part in various group shows around Cape Town over the past two years and currently lives and works in Somerset West, Western Cape with her husband and two daughters.
2007 - Diluted Distortions. The University of Pretoria's Final year group show.
2008-2010 - Various group shows in Middelburg and Pretoria.
2009-2019 - Worked as a photographer
2021 - Biennale National Portrait Awards top 100 in conjunction with Rust en Vrede Gallery, Portrait 100 group exhibition at the Rupert Museum.
2021 - Inner room / binnekamer. Online solo exhibition.
2021 - Quiddity. A group exhibition at Daor Contemporary in Cape Town Port.
2021 - 'n Ode aan die Brak. A group exhibition at Kingbridgeart in Bellville.
2022 - Coronart 4. A group exhibition at Rayvolt in Stellenbosch.
2022 - Membership exhibition at Art.B in Bellville.
2022 - Girls Girls Girls! Women's month exhibition at Daor Contemporary, Cape Town.
2022 - Together, First Thursdays 10 year anniversary group show at the AVA, Cape Town.
2022 - Otherwise Healthy group exhibition at GalleryOne11, Cape Town.
2022 - In Utero group exhibition at RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel.
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