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Born in 1985, Ronél de Jager is a South African visual artist and independent curator and art project manager based in Johannesburg.

In 2004, de Jager decided on a career in the visual arts and embarked on a BTech (Fine Art) Degree at the Tshwane University of Technology, where she obtained distinctions in Painting and Printmaking in her final year.

Since then she has been a regular finalist in national art competitions, namely Sasol New Signatures (in 2007, 2008 and 2010), Absa L’Atelier Art Awards (in 2008 and 2013, and Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards (in 2006 to 2011) and has participated in curated group exhibitions at South Africa's major National Arts Festivals, the KKNK, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and Aardklop.

Her work has also been shown in important university galleries (University of Johannesburg, UNISA and Tshwane University of Technology), corporate galleries (Telkom, Sasol and ABSA), project spaces (ROOM Gallery & Projects, Gordart Gallery project room) as well as commercial galleries (Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Lovell Gallery).

From 2007 to 2013, in addition to pursuing her career as a visual artist, De Jager immersed herself in the South African art industry, making a name for herself as Arts Administrator and later Gallery Manager and Assistant Curator at Artspace Gallery (now Lizamore & Associates) in Johannesburg. Under the guidance of curator and director Teresa Lizamore, she developed a fondness for following and supporting the careers of local artists and acquired the skills needed to successfully initiate and support innovative contemporary art in South Africa.

During this period de Jager helped stage over 75 exhibitions and worked on projects such as the Artspace Mentorship Programme 2008 – 2012, the Johannesburg Art Fair 2010 - 2012 and the Ik ben een Afrikander project 2011/2012.

In 2012, De Jager made her début as a curator with New Voices, a group exhibition which focused on recognising young up and coming artists and providing them with a platform within the commercial gallery sector. Although she left Artspace in March 2013 to focus on her career as an artist, independent project manager and curatorial assistant, her curatorial début was such a success that she was invited back as an independent curator for the New Voices II exhibition the following year.

In 2013, De Jager assisted contemporary artist Usha Seejarim with various projects including the implementation and development of the Art of Access webinar series. She also helped with community projects such as artwork for the Nelson Mandela Day mosaic created by the pupils of St James Preparatory School in Johannesburg and, more significantly, was involved in the creation of the Official Portrait for the late President Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu in December 2013.

As an artist, de Jager's work traverses the mediums of painting, video, multi-media and public art.

Artist CV

Born 20 August 1985, Johannesburg, South Africa

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2012 - PUBLIC ACCESS | Johannesburg's 2nd Conference on Public Art hosted by Trinity Session & Johannesburg Development Agency, MOAD, Johannesburg

2012 - Public Art workshop hosted by Assemblage and artist Usha Seejarim, Johannesburg

2012 - ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Creative economy conference, University of Johannesburg

2012 - Writing, Budgets & Funding workshop hosted by Assemblage and the Ithuba Arts Fund, Johannesburg

2011 - Artist Portfolio workshop hosted by Assemblage & Bag factory, Johannesburg

2010 - Professional Practice for the Visual Artist seminars hosted by Artspace & Art Source South Africa, Johannesburg

2004 - 2006 - Studied towards a BTech (Fine Arts) degree at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
Distinctions in Painting and Printmaking in final year of studies

2004 - Workshop in design, Design School South Africa, Johannesburg

2003 - Matriculated, Die Adelaar, Johannesburg

ART INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

2013 - Official portrait for Nelson Mandela's funeral, assited commissioned artist Usha Seejarim, Qunu, Eastern Cape

2013 - New Voices II, Curator, hosted by Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg

2013 - The Art of Access webinar series, project manager, hosted by Usha Seejarim, Johannesburg

2012 - New Voices, Curatorial debut, hosted by Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg

2007 to 2013 - Gallery Manager & Assitant Curator, Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg

  • Assisted with over 75 exhibitions since 2007
  • Artspace Mentorship Programme
  • Joburg Art Fair 2010 - 2012
  • Ik ben een Afrikander project 2011/2012

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2015 - A.M. (After Midnight) debut solo exhibition (final in a three part series), Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

    2014 - A.M. (After Midnight): An Interlude debut solo exhibition (second instalment in a series of three), featured at Turbine Art Fair 2014, Johannesburg

    2014 - A.M. (After Midnight): A Prelude debut solo exhibition (first instalment in a series of three), ROOM Gallery & Projects, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

    2009 - 123...blokmyself! Gordart Gallery project room, Johannesburg

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2015 - Barclay's L'Atelier Art Awards exhibition, curated by Dr Paul Bayliss, selected as a Top 100 finalist, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

    2015 - Turbine Art Fair: New works presented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg

    2015 - Last night I had the strangest dream, Group exhibition curated by Layla Leiman, Twilsharp studios, Johannesburg

    2015 - Winter is Coming, Group exhibition curated by Carina du Randt, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate Somerset West, Cape Town

    2015 - MACABRE, Group exhibition curated by Dead Bunny Society, Under Culture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

    2015 - Cape Town Art Fair, New works presented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

    2014 - A Discord interactive performance by Ronel de Jager in association with Site_Specific, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia

    2014 - Site Specific Jozi Land Art, Group exhibition curated by Site_Specific, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia

    2014 - Salon I, Group exhibition curated by Ann-Marie Tully, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

    2014 - Turbine Art Fair, Selected works represented by Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg

    2014 - Point of Departure, Group exhibition curated by Teresa Lizamore, Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, Johannesburg

    2014 - Concurrere, Group exhibition curated by Front Room Art & Platform on 18th, Kiviets Kroon & Front Room Art, Pretoria

    2014 - Showcase One, Group exhibition curated by Gordon Froud, Bayliss Gallery, Johannesburg

    2013 - MUSE, Group exhibition, Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg, Cape Town

    2013 - Trip the light Fantastic, Group exhibition curated by Platform on 18th, Small Studios, Pretoria

    2013 - Interrupted, Group exhibition curated by Annali Cabano-Dempsey, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

    2013 - Turbine Art Fair, represented by Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg

    2013 - ABSA L'Atelier Art Awards exhibition, curated by Dr Paul Bayliss, selected as a Top 100 finalist, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

    2013 - Modern Miniatures, Touring group exhibition, ART Gallery in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Cape Town

    2013 - No Place Like Now, Group exhibition curated by Emma Willemse & Tamzin Lovell, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town

    2013 - PULP, Group exhibition curated by Dawid Ras, Dawid's Choice Gallery, Johannesburg

    2013 - Tom Waits for No Man, National touring group exhibition curated by Gordon Froud, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn & UJ Gallery, Johannesburg

    2012 - Tshayile!, Group exhibition, collaboratively curated by Front Room Art and Platform on 18th, Studio Vertel, Pretoria

    2012 - Rendezvous Focus Painting, Group exhibition, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

    2012 - TUT Alumni exhibition, Tshwane University of Technology Art Gallery, Pretoria

    2011 | 2012 - Altered Pieces, National touring group exhibition curated by Gordon Froud, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein & Cape Town

    2011 | 2012 - 360° of Johannesburg, curated by Teresa Lizamore, Artspace Rosebank, Johannesburg

    2010 - Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award exhibition, work selected for top 89, Coen Scholtz recreation centre Kempton Park, Johannesburg

    2010 - Oppitafel X, Group exhibition curated by Teresa Lizamore, Artspace Warehouse, Johannesburg

    2009 - Ekurhuleni National Fine Art Awards exhibition, 2 works selected for top 79, Coen Scholtz recreation centre Kempton Park, Johannesburg

    2009 - Oppitafel IX, Group exhibition curated by Teresa Lizamore, Artspace Rosebank & Artspace Warehouse, Johannesburg

    2008 - ABSA L'Atelier Art Awards exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

    2008 - Sasol New Signatures Fine Art Awards exhibition, 2 works selected for top 100, Pretoria Art Museum

    2008 - Sasol's 3rd Annual Miniatures exhibition, Sasol Limited, Johannesburg

    2007 - TUT Degree & Diploma exhibition hosted by Tshwane University of Technology, UNISA Gallery, Pretoria

    2007 - Ekurhuleni National Fine Art Awards exhibition, 2 works selected for top 82, Coen Scholtz recreation centre Kempton Park, Johannesburg

    2007 - Sasol New Signatures Fine Art Awards exhibition, 2 works selected for top 89, Pretoria Art Museum

    2006 - 5 Woman Artists exhibition, the Garage Gallery, Pretoria

    2003 - Gauteng Department of Education exhibition, Die Adelaar, Johannesburg

    2002 - MTN Art Colours exhibition, Sandton Civic gallery, Johannesburg

    2002 - MTN Break the Silence exhibition, Sandton Civic gallery, Johannesburg

    2001 - Words & Visions World Conference exhibition, Durban

    COLLECTIONS

    2014 - South African National Library Art Collection

    2014 - Rand Merchant Bank Corporate Art Collection

    2013 | 2015 - Nando's South Africa, Malaysia & UK Art Collections

    2013 | 2015 - Spier Arts Trust & Spier Arts Hotel Collections

    2013 - Yellow Wood Arts Corporate Art Collections

    2011 - TELKOM SA Corporate Art Collection

    2008 - Sasol Limited Corporate Art Collection

    2003 to 2015 - Various National and International Private Collections (Mauritius, Switzerland, London, Germany, United States amongst others)

    AWARDS

    2003 - Gauteng Department of Education Achiever Award - Top Achiever in Painting, Graphic Art and Design

    2003 - MTN Art Awards - MTN Art Colour Award

    2003 - Design School South Africa - Top art Student Award in 2003

    2003 - Adelaar Art Award - Top student for Painting, Graphic Art and Design over five years

    2001 - Santam Art Award - Gold medal

    2001 - Organ Donor Foundation Art Competition - Merit award

    2001 - Words & Visions World Conference Art Competition - Third prize internationally, Durban

    2001 - Agriculture South Africa - Group award first prize

    2000 - Santam Art Award - Gold medal

    2000 - ATKV Lapjol Competition - First prize in Fashion Design


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