b. 1989, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Marlene Steyn obtained her Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. In 2018 Steyn participated in a two-month collaborative residency with Kay 16 and Artport Residency in Tel Aviv, Israel. The residency culminated in an exhibition produced with the support of Kay 16 – Community Gallery for Contemporary Art; Ministry of Culture Israel; Mifal HaPais; Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts; ArtPort; Beit Benyamini Ceramics Centre; and Maccabee Beer. She has been selected to take part in the Sundaymorning@ekwc in Oisterwijk, Netherlands in 2020.
Steyn recently collaborated with Lezanne Viviers, fashion designer and founder of VIVIERS to present OR/BITING AURABOROS, a performative installation as part of VIVIER’s SS2020 showcase of her latest collection. She will be included in a three-person exhibition, alongside Jeanne Gaigher and Kresiah Mukwazhi, at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy later this year. Steyn will also be featured at Luxembourg Art Week in Luxembourg as part of Galerie DYS’ presentation. Steyn will present her new body of work in a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town later this year.
Earlier solo exhibitions include: Unbuttoning my belly, at Lychee One in London in 2019; How Cannibals Cuddle at Cabin Gallery in London, in 2014; Mad Love at Lychee One in London and The End is Located Underneath Her Third Armpit (if the muscle is flexed) in Cape Town, both in 2015; as well as Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; and You Can’t Cry When Your Head is Underwater at Lychee One, London, both in 2016; Knot I : I Knot at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017, Shouty Insides at Galerie DYS in Brussels, Belgium in 2018. In the same year, she exhibited her works as part of SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Miart in Fiera Milano City and presented a two-person exhibition titled Garden Smoothie with Gabrielle Kruger at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Recent group exhibitions include: Paper Summer at Galerie DYS in Brussels Belgium; HOLDING STILL: Psychology and Portraiture at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2019; Paper Cuts, at the Saatchi Gallery in London UK; and Bone Memory at Lychee One in London, UK and Kneadingthetorsomakesabuzz, curated by Karni Barzilay at KAV 16 Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2018; Another Antipodes Inc at PS Art Space in Fremantle, Australia and All Things Being Equal at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017.
Steyn has participated in numerous art fairs including: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK; Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa and FNB Art Joburg, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Marlene Steyn’s work features in numerous public and private collections including the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) inCapee Town, South Africa.
Steyn recently collaborated with Lezzanne Viviers, Fashion designer and founder of VIVIERS to present OR/BITING AURABOROS, a performative installation as part of VIVIER’s SS2020 showcase of her latest collection. The showcase will be take place on Friday the 13th September at Lotus House in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Steyn will be included in a three person exhibition, alongside Jeanne Gaigher and Kresiah Mukwazhi, at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy, opening in October 2019.
Steyn will be presenting a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa late this year.
[upcoming] SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2019
[upcoming] Luxembourg Art Week | Luxembourg | 2019
[upcoming] OSART Gallery | Milan, Italy | 2019
Paper Cuts | Saatchi Gallery | London, UK | 2018
Naomi Rea | Artnet | Here Are 7 Standout Artists to Discover at miart 2018 | 13 April 2018 – PDF
Laura Connelly | Creative Boom | Vitamin C: Clay and ceramic in contemporary art from today’s most important visual artists | 2 October 2017 – PDF
Sean O’Toole | Sunday Times | Marlene Steyn is proving to be an artist worth watching | 24 October 2017 – PDF
Emily Steer | Elephant | Marlene Steyn: Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place | 8 August 2016 – PDF
Roxy Kawitzky | adjective | Runny yolks and Running Jokes | 5 September 2016 – PDF