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THE FINE ART OF

Anja Botes

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THE FINE ART OF

Anja Botes

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Biography

Anja Botes, a full-time artist currently residing in Malmesbury, was born in Somerset West in 1996. From a young age she had a passion for art and wanted to become a full-time artist. It, therefore, came as no surprise that her first exhibition was at Rialto in 2005, at the age of eight.

Reflecting on her journey as an artist, Anja recalls that it was in 2012, that she first fell in love with Impressionism. The ability to capture light and atmosphere left her in awe. Up until this day she still draws inspiration from this time period.

Growing up by the sea cultivated a deep admiration in her for the ocean. Anja enjoys working towards capturing its essence. She is most at ease when surrounded by nature and often draws inspiration from it, being captivated by its untainted splendour. In 2014 she first came across the concept of plein air painting. After meeting artists Pieter Krugel and René Snyman in 2016, this world opened to her.

She is further inspired by modern and contemporary dance and she often enjoys capturing the elegant movement of dancers with charcoal.

Even though Anja enjoys exploring different subject matters, she will always be drawn to people and nature. Anja adores spending time with loved ones and strives towards capturing their essence in her art.

Throughout her career Anja has been recognised on numerous occasions for her artworks. In 2014, she received the painting practical subject prize at the art school P.J. Olivier. While studying at Stellenbosch University, she achieved a first place in the KuKo Photography, Arts and Writing Competition (PAWC), in the art division in 2015. Subsequently Anja started doing drawing and painting commissions and took part in different group exhibitions and auctions.

She continued to cultivate her passion by attending painting workshops of international accredited artist, René Snyman, and the ‘Drawing the Portrait’ workshop of David Kassan, winner of the ‘Portrait Society of America 2017’. These workshops shaped her skill tremendously.

It was in 2018, that Anja (fulfilling her childhood dream) became a full-time artist. Gaining momentum, she took on a two-month internship with artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren, at Chateau de la Creuzette, France in that same year.

Upon her return, she ran her own gallery, Artisan & Artist, for a year. She continued her work, living out her passion and at the end of 2019, she took part in group exhibition ‘Connect to the Now’ at Boomhuis Gallery, Stellenbosch. She also participated in a group exhibition at African Vineyard Guesthouse, Kanoneiland. In addition, Anja was a part of the Woordfees exhibition in Stellenbosch, titled ‘Knoop/ Knot’, curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and was one of the participating artists at the  A5 online exhibition curated, by Observatory Art. Currently four of her art pieces are displayed at Imibala Gallery, Graaff-Reinet.

Anja, passionate about her career and creating art that is meaningful and encapsulating, continues her work being constantly inspired by the beauty around her. In her eyes, the best gift is a beautiful bunch of flowers. You can be sure that she will enjoy them twice: looking at and painting them.

Contact Anja

Contact Anja for any enquiries regarding available art or commission requests. Please include the title of the art piece you might be interested in.

Mobile: (+27) 82 510 0437

Email:  info@anjabotes.com

Studio: Malmesbury, South Africa