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Artist Biography

Minette van Rooyen-Zaaiman has become a house-hold name in South African art circles. She is known and admired as a painter of landscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits and genre in watercolour, ink and wash. She also sculpts in clay and is known for her pottery under her married name, Zaaiman.

Minette's works bear testimony of her love to travel to far countries and distant places and her excitement to look at landscapes, architectural scenes and still lives, always with impeccable style, graceful lines and a sure knowledge and understanding of her media. It is no wonder that over all these years as an art teacher, she has inspired and encouraged so many artists.

Artist CV

Born 1934 in Rustenburg


1952-55: Pretoria Technical College, under Thelma van Schalkwyk, Robert Hodgins (qv) and Dulcie Campbell.

1956-57: St Martin's School of Art, London.

1957-58: Munich Academy, West Germany, under Professor Erich Glette.


1982-85: Borthern Transvaal and National Chairman of of the APSA (now known as Ceramics Southern Africa).

1960-62: Lecturer at Pretoria Technical College (now known as Tshwane University of Technology).

1978: Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria.

1981: Travelled to Japan.

1983: Travelled to Greece and Namibia.

1985: Travelled to Botswana

Selected Exhibitions

Minette van Rooyen-Zaaiman has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and West Germany. She held her first solo exhibition at the University of Pretoria in 1951 and participated in the Republic Festival exhibition in 1981.


Pietersberg Collection; Pretoria Art Museum; University of Pretoria; Willem Annandale Art Gallery; Lichtenberg and in numerous private collections.

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