Sharmaine Thérèsa Pretorius
Sharmaine Thérèsa Pretorius
Sharmaine is a high – end, South African artist who has been living in the Sultanate of Oman for the past 10 years, deep inside the desert in Nizwa, a mystical ancient Arabic city known for a tree that has a talking ‘’jinn’’ as well as a fort building which is said to have just appeared accord-ing to locals, by no human hand. She has been described as the ‘’Essence of an extraordinary, gifted mind’’ by Faces Oman magazine because of her prodigally styled, intellect and intricate artistic drawings which include hidden puzzles and musical compositions.
She holds more than 600 continues educational credits spanning, neurological psychology, medical and forensic science, aviation mechanics and management as well as multi - cultural mediation and negotiation and adaptability, spread over the safety and security, health, and emergency service fields of which none includes art.
She gained international recognition as an emerging artist in 2017, particularly for her drawing named ‘Mars Trojan – Elon – The Shroud (5517A)’, from her first solo exhibition in Oman, circling in low space orbit on the Asgardia-1 nanosat cube, with one other work of art. One of her works will be exhibited at the Florence Biennale during 2021. The book ‘Love & Politics’ by ‘http://freigeist- verlag.net/en/buecher/love-politics/’ features a chapter on one of her works in or-bit namely ‘Mars Trojan - ELON - The Shroud (5517A)’. Interviews including some of her art re-cently appeared in Times of Oman, Faces of Oman, Life as a Human, Georgia Today and The Week.
She had lived in Geochang – Gun in Gyeongsong Nam Do for 4 years and found her creative style in South Korea, under the watchful eye of her friend, Mrs. Jung Soon Boon there. Her works, ‘I Wanna be A Star Walker. (2008)’ and ‘The Rose Revisited: The Floating Matrix. (2006)’ were seen at CICA MUSEUM in Seoul, South Korea as part of their ‘Contemporary Landscape 2019’ exhibition during 2019 and some of her works also appeared at LACDA in Los Angeles, 2020. She is currently involved in a digital treasure hunt for her second solo exhibition named; ‘Enclosure Fathom – Part 2’, with collectors worldwide and the exhibition will go to auction soon with 77 digital works of art. Her crazy story about ‘The Blue Car’ has also gained a following online by artists and collectors alike.
Company CEO, specializing in research at: STWP Consultants and Facilitators Ltd. –
Residency most of the year: Sultanate of Oman
Country of Origin: Rep. of South Africa
Home based in: Bulgaria.
Type of artwork and how it overlaps with her passion for aviation and intermodal transport etc.: Sharmaine creates blueprint, mixed media drawings of her dreams. Then her work gets photographed, and she uses kaleidoscopic computer software to produce digital art copies of the original work. She is a process artist. Each of her artworks includes Chladni musical composi-tions, puzzles, space, and environmental exploration issues as topics. The artist has a special in-terest in the curing and addressing of PTSD in war and trauma victims, using art, music, and color. Her multi-faceted art explores how it can address security sector reform issues experienced in the aviation and harbor security sector, in which she specializes as well. Her interests overlap with intercultural relations in the art world regarding religions, personal paradigms, and philosophy. She is an artist who actively works at empowering Africa, through free education.
1. 1.YALI NETWORK (Young African Leaders Initiative) managed by the U.S. Department of State.
2. 2.YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) managed by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.