Lize is a South African artist who received her BA Fine Arts Degree in 1988 from The University of Northwest in South Africa. During the eighties, until 2008, she had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions through the years. In the early 2000s, before she moved to the UK in 2014, she taught art lessons to students at a quadriplegic facility and an underage abuse victim's centre. After a ten year Sabbatical from the Arts, she resumed her art career in 2018 by accepting a commission from the Directors of The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. Since then, she has exhibited extensively internationally and has featured in various publications.
During my artistic career, I've developed my own visual language. In addition, I use general and personal symbolic images to convey my messages. For example, I use elements of gauze, lace, flowers and bones to illustrate the fragility of our mental state. In addition, I aim to destigmatise mental health issues and make them a topic to openly address. Trauma is part of our human experience, and through my work, I try to make sense of this collective aspect which few of us will be able to escape. Life consists of polarities, and I refuse to shy away from them. I am driven by justice, equality, children's rights, and to destigmatise mental health issues. However, rightly or wrongly, my approach is to bring beauty to all these challenging issues. Sometimes even the most difficult aspects in life have the potential to offer us an incredible gift. First, however, we have to be brave and willing enough to see it. I only recently explored digital media as an extra tool for expression, which I combine with more traditional methods. The interdisciplinary medium I use and the way how one image can evolve into another really excites me. I find it an incredible process that often takes me on surprising journeys of discovery. I use elements of gauze, lace, flowers and bones to illustrate the fragility of our mental state. In addition, I aim to destigmatise mental health issues and make them a topic to openly address. I'm currently working on a series called 'IN RETROSPECTION' - looking back at a period when I had to face immense challenges. I prefer to work with accidental elements that occur when I superimpose images. It forces me to adjust and find new potential in what is in front of me. I love the challenge the process presents because it pushes me out of my comfort zone. It is also the perfect analogue to my personal life. I had to reinvent myself numerous times, so for me, this creative method works very well. With my work, I want to create a message that finds a perfect balance between the reaction of my viewer and the emotion it invokes with which they can personally relate.
• Invited to be part of the International Art Catalog WE CONTEMPORARY, by Musa Artspace and exhibition in March 2021. Participating in the WE CONTEMPORARY artshow in Vienna in 2021
• Participating in THE ARTBOX PROJECT Art Fair in GENEVA.
• Featured in THE ARTMARKET Magazine
• Featured in The Art Ideal Magazine
• Interview with 123Art Magazine.
• Commission for the Directors of The Lost Gardens Of Heligan 2018
• Participating in the VALENTINE virtual exhibition by HansfordandSons- Feb2021
• Participating in the Venice Art Fair 2021
• Participating in Online Exhibition Infinite Dreams by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine
• Being featured in SPOTLIGHT MAGAZINE by the CIRCLE FOUNDATION.
• Participating in the VAA SPRING 2021 online exhibition as part of the CURTATORS CHOICE group of artists.
• Participated in the SWISS ART FAIR in Zurich, Switzerland.
• Selected to exhibited at the FIABCN 2021 in Barcelona, Dec 2021
• Participated in the Florence Biennale Oct 2021
• Received special mention in the PEOPLE&PAINTING Gallery, New York' SWEET LITTLE NOTHINGS' exhibition.
• Receiving the 2021 Collector's Vision International Art Award, recognising and encouraging the outstanding achievements and potential of today's artists wherever they might live and work.
• Received the ATIM CURATOR AWARD from ARTTOUR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE.
• Chosen by THE GOLD LIST International Award's Jury Panel to be featured in the forthcoming special edition of the GOLD LIST-TOP CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF TODAY.
• Participate in the LIFE LINE EXHIBITION @Gallery of Biblioteca Angelica, ROME.
• Featured in the Artbook I SEGNALATI exhibition in Budapest in November 2021.
• Participating in the SEMIOTICS AND BEYOND exhibition by Holy Art Gallery in London February 2022