b. 1989, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Marlene Steyn was born in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. 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 KAV 16 and Artport Residency in Tel Aviv, Israel. The residency culminated in an exhibition produced with the support of KAV 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 residency in Oisterwijk, Netherlands in 2020.
Steyn’s work was recently included in Lychee One’s group presentation at London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in London, UK in 2020; Galerie DYS’ presentation at Luxembourg Art Week in Luxembourg; African Textures at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy and arteBOTANICA in collaboration with Viviers Studio at the Nirox Sculpture Park in Krugersdorp, South Africa, in 2019. Steyn recently collaborated with Viviers Studios to present OR/BITING AURABOROS, a performative installation as part of VIVIER’s SS2020 showcase of her latest collection.
Solo exhibitions include: deep she dive her at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa and Unbuttoning my belly, at Lychee One in London, UK, both in 2019; Garden Smoothie with Gabrielle Kruger at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Shouty Insides at Galerie DYS in Brussels, Belgium, both in 2018; Knot I : I Knot at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017; 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; 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 and How Cannibals Cuddle at Cabin Gallery in London, in 2014.
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; 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: Miart in Fiera Milano City in Milan, Italy; 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) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Steyn’s work is currently included in SHAPING THINGS An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice, a group exhibition on show at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (25 .05 .20 – 17 .07 .20)
Steyn’s work was recently included in SMAC Gallery’s upcoming group presentation at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa. (14 .02 .20 – 16 .02 .20)
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