Marlene Steyn


Homies were the hearties, 2015, Mixed Media On Linen, 100 x 93 cm

All she wanted was to be a flying buttress, 2016, Painted Bonze, Wood board, rope, Dimension variable, Ed. no 7/8 of 10

Becoming a braid (Superhero version), 2014, Oil painted ceramics, 33 x 13 x 9 cm

Jungle fever (They really want to be a tree), 2014, Bronze, 17 x 110 x 16 cm

Before herbivores and the 33rd eye, 2015, Oil and mixed media on cut-out linen, 113 x 105 cm

Your face is my zen garden, 2016, Oil on Ceramic and Wood, Tapioca and Succulent, 61. 5 x 33 cm

Sister’s Shoulders, 2016, Oil on Linen, 45 x 45 cm

Mermeyes, 2015, Oil & mixed media on unstretched linen, 133 x 136 cm

Knee and Elbow Birthday, 2014, Ink and oil on linen, 212 x 234 cm

Kidney Stone Romance (Part of the Abralene Maraham Collaboration Royal College of Art), 2014
Patinated bronze,36 x 22 x 9 cm


Installation view from Mad Love, 2015

Her mit she named him Billy, Installation shot of the Abralene Maraham Collaboration 2014, Royal College of Art


Becoming a braid(All she ever wanted to be), 2013
Fired earthenware clay painted with oil, acrylic and enamel. 31 x 14 x 6 cm




Marlene Steyn
B. 1989, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

2012-2014 MA in Painting
Royal College of Art, London
2008-2011 BA Fine Arts
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Solo Exhibitions
2016 You Cant Cry When Your Head Is Underwater, Lychee One, London, UK
Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place, SMAC Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
2015 The End is Located Underneath Her Third Armpit (if the muscle is flexed), Commune.1, Cape Town
Mad Love, Lychee One, London.
2014 How Cannibals Cuddle, Cabin Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Break the Spell, GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Paper, publication, performance, Lychee One, London, UK.
New Monuments, Commune.1, Cape Town, South Africa.
Across the Divide, Rosenfeld Porcini, London, UK
Inside Out, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
Faces & Other Scenarios, a two­ person show at Galerie d’Ys, Brussels, Belgium
2015 LUSH, SMAC Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
All s­he ever wanted to be, Galleria M, Kolkata, Indian
Island III – Native, G39, Cardiff
Johannesburg Art Fair, Commune.1, Johannesburg
His Sprinkled Blood Served to Fructify Three Golden Apples, Atelier 35, Bucharest
Load Shedding, Commune.1, Cape Town
La Piscine, Espace Croix Baragnon, Toulouse, France
All s-he ever wanted to be , Galleria M, Calcutta
Potretteer, Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch
Cape Town Art Fair, Commune.1, Cape Town
2014 Scintilla: An Alchemy Show, Commune. 1, Cape Town, South Africa
Show RCA 2014, Royal College of Art, London
RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
Inoperative Mythology, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
PNTNG NOV, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
2013 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol
Dreamtime: New Surrealism, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, California
RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
Work in Progress, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Notes to Self, Royal College of Art, London
2011 Gradex, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
VANSA 2010 Reasons to Live in a Small Town, GoetheOnMain Project Space, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 Odd Cultural Node, Bucharest, Romania.
Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA.

2016 Collaborative residency with Avantika Agarwal at the Shoonya Space, Centre for art and somatic practices, Bangalore, India
2015 The Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship, Vermont, USA
Collaborative residency with Abraham Kritzman & Angels Miralde Tena at Odd Cultural Node & Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Invited tutor in an Art Residency programme in collaboration with the RCA & British Council Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Selected for Saatchi’s ‘Best of 2014’ Selected for Saatchi New Sensations, London
2013 Painter-Stainers’ Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art
Bloomberg New Contemporaries finalist
2011 Noli Procrastinaire, 3 Month public art residency
Commission: Laingsburg Municipality – funded by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa.