Maaike Bakker

Maaike Bakker (b. 1986 - Pretoria, SA) is a visual artist and illustrator working with various drawing, sculpture and installation-based mediums as well as digitally with regards to her illustration based practice. She obtained a BA degree in Visual Arts (2009) and her Masters in Fine Arts (2013) from the University of Johannesburg. She currently lives and works in Pretoria.

During her studies, Bakker started exploring illustration alongside her fine art practice in order to be able to discover a new, lighter and more eclectic approach to her work. Over the years, Bakker has developed her own style that introduces both concept-driven works as well as light-hearted, offbeat, rough works that depict sceneries from alternative realities. She adds complexity to her art by using line to create patterns, while her soft muted colours give a lush richness to each piece. Bakker’s work predominantly explores themes of notation and ephemerality. Her practice also investigates limitations imposed by systems or structures and aims to determine at what point such may become excess and irrelevant, ultimately exploring futility.

Bakker focuses most of her creative expertise on producing and exhibiting her work both locally and abroad. In addition, Bakker is also a lecturer at The Open Window - an institution positioned in the field of creative education. Bakker is represented by Kalashnikovv Gallery and also runs an art project space, NO END Contemporary, with gallery partner Jayne Crawshay-Hall.

Selected Solo & Duo Exhibitions
2019 TERMS & CONDITIONS / To Be aimless - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2017 Beyond The Vanishing Point - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2016 Aesthetic Engineering with MJ Turpin - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2013 ‘Now museum | Now you don’t’ - Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, SA
2012 The River with Louis Minnar - Salon 91, Cape Town, SA
2010 Postscript with Francois Jonker - Platform 18th, Pretoria, SA

Selected Group Exhibitions & Awards
2019 WILDFLOWERS - Salon 91, Cape Town, SA
2019 en • trance - The Labyrinth Project, Johannesburg, SA
2019 Bamboozled! - Open Window, Pretoria, SA
2019 Jack Ginsberg Centre for the Book arts opening exhibition- Wits Art Museum, JHB, SA
2018 Memento Mori - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2018 A Contemporary Showcase - Graham’s Fine Art Gallery & Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2017 Super Salon II - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2017 Trees make forests - Salon 91, Cape Town, SA
2017 Booknesses- UJ FADA gallery, JHB, SA
2017 The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2016 Scramble for Africa - Kalashnikovv Galeri, Berlin, GER
2016 Super Salon I - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2016 From Whence They Came - Smith Studio Gallery & Kalashnikovv Gallery, Cape Town, SA
2016 IT IS WHAT IT IS - NO END Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2016 Oracle - Salon 91, Cape Town, SA
2016 ZeRO - SOMA Art Space, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Cross Sections - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Stellar - Salon91, Cape Town, SA
2015 Death of the Old - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Post-digital - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Out of Context - University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 IT IS WHAT IT IS - NO END Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Taking back the artwork one work at a time - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 The Black Cube Sessions - The Old Post Office, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Occupy Room I - Fried Contemporary, Pretoria & Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Fetish: Transversing the Occupied Body – Priest & Art EC, Johannesburg, SA
2015 Revamp - Priest, Johannesburg, SA
2014 Capital: Present - Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, SA
2014 I Take It All Back - Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, SA
2014 Play_an exhibition - Nirox Sculpture Park, The Cradle of Humankind, SA
2013 Et al. - Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, SA
2013 Re-sample - ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2013 Mega Bonanza: Maybe you just have bad taste - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2012 Hanging Gardens - ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2010 “The spirit is not an idea” says the penguin - CO OP, Johannesburg, SA
2010 Land: Diversity and Unity India / South Africa Exhibition Exchange - Association of Arts, Pretoria, SA and CEWAC, IND
2009 ‘Cape 09’ as part of the City Project, Cape Town, SA

Residencies & Awards
2019 Commissioned artist for design work on the SA25 Commemorative Coin Collection
2015 Curation and art based residency at the I-A-M, Berlin, GER
2014 //2 WEEKS Digital Residency with Floating Reverie
2008 ABSA L'atelier Top Ten Finalist

Art Fairs & Festivals
FNB Art Joburg Fair, Johannesburg, SA (2018)
LATITUDES Art Fair, Johannesburg, SA (2019)
RMB Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, SA (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Basha Uhuru Festival (2016)

UNISA Art Collection
Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artists’ Books (Wits Art Museum)

Selected Press
On The Money: Edgy Artist Bring Fresh Flair To Commemorative Coins (Sunday Times)
Artists Create Commemorative Currency (Art Africa)
Endless Possibilities (Art Throb)
Honing The New Primitivism (Between 10and5)

Neo ‘Nene’ Mahlangu

Neo Mahlangu is a Johannesburg-based artist who works with diverse mediums: from charcoal to digital illustrations. Since debuting her artworks at an August House Open Studio ( Johannesburg, 2017) and having a sold out showing, Mahlangu completed a course in Advertising at UMUZI and has shown regularly at galleries domestically, managing to make her Fair debut at the first Latitudes Art Fair Johannesburg, in 2019, In 2017, Mahlangu was a finalist for the Cassirer Welz Award, and was later listed by Between 10and5 as one of the Top 30 creatives under 30 to watch in 2018. Design Indaba listed her as an Emerging Creative and she was also listed as one of the top 10 artists for the Emerging Artist program run by the University of Johannesburg and the MTN foundation during the same year.

She made history by being the youngest person to design two R2 coins for South Africa (to commemorate 25 years of democracy) and Mr Price Home gave her reigns to design a blanket for their COLAB Collection which later sold out. She is the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) ImpACT Awards fi nalist for Young Professionals in 2020, and has made it on the coveted 2020 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans list. Mahlangu has continued to make her international Fair debut by exhibiting at the Venice International Art Fair, in Italy and is currently preparing for her fi rst TEDx Talk which will be presented live in 2021.