Sandra Hanekom was born in 1971. After matriculating from the Johannesburg School for the Arts (previously Die Kruin) she studied Fine Arts at Stellenbosch University. She has been working as an artist from 1994, participating in various group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She had her first solo exhibition titles “Waiting” in 1998 at the Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery in Pretoria. In 2001 she had her second solo exhibition, “Muf”, at the Bellville Art Gallery.
In1999 she curated the “Anima-I” exhibition together with Wilna Coetzer, representing such remarkable artists as Lien Botha, Fritha Langerman, Hannele Benade and Doreen Southwood.
She has served on the boards of the Durbanville Cultural Society, the East London Art Society and the Bellville Arts Board. She lives ina haze called the northern Suburbs of Cape Town with her husband, son, one cat and one dog called Ylang-Ylang. She is a smoker.
I have always wanted to be an artist. This sense of self and destiny has shaped my being so conclusively, it has effectively ruined the prospect of being anything else. It has also left me singularly obsessed. Because I cannot “do” anything else, I have to work hard at art. I believe in the dictum of taking art seriously and not the artist, and applying that rule to myself.
I would describe my work as ironically romantic, with a definite sense of narrative and the personal.
I have to “believe” the work myself to make it believable to the viewer. Belief in itself is an incredibly difficult action to me, especially when random or external. The only “belief” fathomable to me is in my own reality on un-reality.
My works become vessels carrying the essence of my life and when I try very, very hard, those of other people as well.
Name: Sandra Hanekom
Married Name: Bouwer
Address: PO Box 4926
Contact: +2782 925 6319
Date of Birth: 7 July 1971
1987 – 1989: Die Kruin Art School, Parktown, Johannesburg
1990 – 1991: University of Stellenbosch, BA (Fine Arts)
1991 – 1994: Group exhibitions with fellow students from the University of Stellenbosch
1994 – 1997: A number of group exhibitions at the Green Door Gallery with well known South African artists.
1997: Work chosen for the premiere South African art competition, namely the Volkskas Atelier Painting – Heartfelt Ritualism
1997: Exhibition curated by Gorden Froud of erotic miniatures called A little big thing, at the Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
1997: Participated in Klenot / Dekora Exhibition, Prague
1997: Group exhibition called Little Gems, Open Window Gallery, Pretoria
1998: The work Three Monkeys Sitting Pretty (drawing), chosen by the curator of the SASOL Art collection at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom.
1998: Curated White Pages Exhibition, Theatre Gallery, Durbanville
Curated Transcendental Exhibition, Theatre Gallery, Durbanville
1998: Solo exhibition titled Waiting at the Open Window Art Gallery, Prtoria
1999: Curated an exhibition of contempory female artists titled Anima- I for the Bellville Arts Association
1999: Elected to Bellville Arts Association
1999: Work chosen for the premier South African art competition, namely the ABSA Atelier Painting – Redefining Amoebae as Hats, Sticky things and inflatables.
2000: Took part in ‘The Art of Drawing Exhibition’ at Dorp Street Gallery. Curator: Vivian van der Merwe, Gallery Curator: Ilse Schemers Griesel.
2000: Re- elected to the Board of Bellville Arts Association
2000: Took part in the ‘White Exhibition’, at the Bellville Arts Association
2000: Took part in the ‘Index Exhibition’, at the Good Hope Centre, with Theo Voster, Theo Kleynhans, Theo Ntuntwana and Hennie Meyer
2000: Acted as critic for Bellville Arts Association during open evenings.
2000: Chosen as judge for M-Web New Signatures competition at the Bellville Arts Association.
2000: Curated the ‘ Container’ exhibition at Rust en Vrede Gallery, Dubanville
2001: Relocated to East London
2001: Elected to the East London Fine Arts Society
2001: Took part in the ‘Landscape’ exhibition at the Bellville Arts Association.
2001: Took part in ‘Aarsel’ exhibition at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees, in Oudshoorn.
2001: Relocated back to Cape Town.
2001: Elected to Board of the Durbanville Cultural Society.
2001: Solo exhibition, ‘Muf’ at the Bellville Arts Association
2001: Re- elected to the board of the Bellville Arts Association.
2002: Selected to produce an art work for Guinness UDV White Horse Whiskey Collection for the Klein Karoo Kunstefees.
LIST OF COLLECTORS
Mr Gorden Froud
Mr Niel Pendock
Mrs Celia van Heerden
Mr Malcom Polo
Mr P A G Hanekom
Ms Lisa Grobler
Mrs M E M van Niekerk
Mr P Bouwer
Mr J Badenhorst
Mr R Claasen
Mr Brian Webber
Mr Peter Meyer
Ms Liza Visagie
Dr Niel Burger
Mr Chris Koch
Mr Jeremy Williams
Ms Margit Meyer – Rodenbeck
Mr Andrew Mogridge
Ms Jeanetta Blignaut
Ms Debbie Odendaal
Mr Conrad Theys
Ms Susan Kruger
Mr Hennie meyer
Mr chris Brunette
Mr Grant Vice
Mr Theo Kleynhans
Ms Hermie Voulgarekis
SASOL Art Collection – curator Me Theresa Lisamore
Sandri Burt Agent Gauteng (+2783 763 3870)
Jeanette Engelbrecht Curator: Open Window Contemporary Gallery,
Pretoria (+2712 347 1740) (+2782 773 9807)
Mr Conrad Theys President SANAVA (+2721 951 2417)
Mr Theo Kleynhans President Bellville Arts Association (+2783 684 8069)
Andrew Da Conceicao Curator Bellville arts Association (+2721 918 2287)
Ms Wilna Coetzer Co-curator: ANIMA (-L) exhibition (+2721 913 0744)