Ruann Coleman

b. 1988, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Ruann Coleman’s artistic practice is based on play, impromptu juxtapositions, experiment, chance and the serendipity of random accident. Mostly free-standing, un-monumental, process-related and at times, in formation, his sculptures combine and amalgamate organic and inorganic found materials such as wood, metal, tape or glass, establishing a rapport with an array of post-minimal practices. Conceptually, his work pivots around the materials of his found objects, their weight, scale, form and balance.


Ruann Coleman was born in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained a Masters of Fine Art in 2014 from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, prior to which he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, from the same institution in 2012.

Coleman recently held his solo show, Certain Lengths at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town earlier this year and was selected to participate in the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park’s annual exhibition WORDS 2017 alongside Willem Boshoff, in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2014, Coleman presented his first solo exhibition, titled; Balancing Act, at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, Italy, which culminated in his debut international solo exhibition entitled Found: Rome. In 2016, he presented a solo exhibition, titled Ulterior as a special project at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. He was selected to take part in the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (CSAV) – Artists Research Laboratory at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy in July 2016.

Notable group exhibitions include:  OUT OF CONTEXT at the UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg in 2015; The Space Between Maps at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016; WORK/PLAY,  at Candice Berman Fine Art in Johannesburg and  From the Horse’s Mouth, an exhibition hosted by EBONY/CURATED in Cape Town both in 2017.

Between residencies Ruann Coleman continues to live and work in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. His works are included in the Spier Art Collection, South Africa ; the MAAM Art Museum’s Collection in Rome, Italy and the Centro Luigi di Sarro’s Collection in Rome, Italy.