LIZA GROBLER

BIOGRAPHY

LIZA GROBLER

(b.1974 Cape Town, South Africa)

Liza Grobler (b. 1974) lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Grobler is concerned with the creative process, the tangible qualities of material, and the physical viewer/artwork relationship. The objects, images and installations are constructed through collaboration, interaction and exchange. Gallery exhibitions, projects and interventions are integrated components that cross-reference one another. Her collaboration with Qubeka Bead Studio spans over a decade. Together, they have produced over 50 pieces and these pieces have been exhibited widely, including Iziko Museum (Cape Town, 2006), the Florence Biennial (Italy, 2006), Johannesburg Art Gallery (Johannesburg, 2014) and the 1:54 Art Fair (London, 2015). 

Grobler received a MAFA (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University in 1999. She has attended residencies in Norway, Finland, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Belgium and France. Her work is included in numerous collections and in 2014 she was selected to produce a public art work for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. To date, she has had thirteen acclaimed solo exhibitions and initiated numerous site-specific and collaborative interventions in South Africa and abroad.  Grobler was one of 15, from across Africa, recently selected for the Africa Centre international residency programme. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Playlist, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
If you go down to the woods today, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2014
Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time, a national touring exhibition: Oliewenhuis Museum (Bloemfontein), KZNSA (Durban), Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013
Interrupted Daydreams, Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012
White Termite, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Visitor (The Square): a Solo Exhibition in Two Parts, iArt Wembley Project Space and iArt Gallery (now Brundyn +), Cape Town, South Africa

2009
Visitor, Irma Stern Museum (in collaboration with 23 artists), Cape Town, South Africa

2007
9 Chicks & a Dick, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
Groeisel #1, Outlet, Pretoria, South Africa

2004
Play with me, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2003
I can’t see the wood for the trees, so I’m taking a line for a very long walk, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2002
Almost a Valentine, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, South Africa

2000
The Garbage men wear gloves, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, South Africa

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
The Space Between/The Noise Behind, FRIED Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa
Ímago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, New York

2015
ADDIS International Video Art Festival, Ethiopia
San Juanita Project, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, USA
Homage, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Ímago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection’, Venice, Italy
Nando’s Rites and Duties, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
Decor-Z, Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Forever Now at MONA FOMA, New Media Festival, Tasmania, Australia

2014
Winter Sculpture Show, Nirox Foundation, Krugersdorp
International Union of Architecture World Congress, Durban, South Africa

2013
5 Years in Print, Warren Editions, Cape Town, South Africa
Chance favours the Connected Mind, collaboration with Barbara Wildenboer, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
Stellenbosch Revisited, co-curated by Marna Hattingh and Liza Grobler for Die Woordfees, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012
Summer Salon, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa
Tjorts/Cheers!, drawing exhibition after a poem by Danie Marais, curators: Marna Hattingh and Liza Grobler, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2011
Alptraum, Travelling drawing exhibition: Berlin, Los Angeles, Cape Town, South Africa
Open Books, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Collection 13, SMAC Art Gallery Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Divisions: Aspects of South African Art (1948-2010), SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Menippean Uprising, curated by Pierre Fouché and Hentie van der Merwe, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Frans Masereel Centre Annual Printmaking Show, Kasterlee, Belgium
Twenty Years of South African Sculpture, curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind

2009
Black: the antithesis of the fraudulent sensuality of culture’s façade. An experiment in voluntary asceticism, Blank Projects
Warren Editions, Monotypes and etchings, Curious, Whetstone and Frankley, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
The Bijou Burns Again, UCA Gallery, Observatory
Women in Craft, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2007
Common Ground, Lönnstrom Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with Jeanne Hoffman, Rauma, Finland
South African Art on Paper, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia
TACT, Artspace, Pretoria, South Africa

2006
STEEK, Barend de Wet, Blank Projects, Cape Town
ROEM, curated by Sandra Hanekom, interactive sculptures for ‘Die Storm’, KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Flesh!, curated by Chris Diedericks, KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
the blank paper project, Cape 07, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Just like home, in collaboration with Norman O’ Flynn, Solothurn, Switzerland

2006
20ARTISTS06 travelling exhibition, coordinated by Norman O’Flynn, Bell-Roberts Contemporary, Cape Town & Art on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005
Of Want and Desire, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Synergy, Michaelis Collection contemporary beaded designs, part of the history of beads in Africa, Iziko National Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2004
Stolen Affections, Goethe Institute, Bahai, Brazil
Artomi, Omi, New York, USA
The Art of Drawing, Durbanville Cultural Centre, Durbanville, South Africa

2002
Low Rider, Polvo Art Studio, Chicago, USA

2000
Majority Rules, Free Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
YEA-R 2000, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg

SELECTED SITE-SPECIFIC PROJECTS

2015
Diary of a Nanosatellite video in Forever Now, launch of the Golden Record into Deep Space, Tasmania
Punctuating the Landscape, Maravatio, Mexico
Half square project in Association Yellowwoods for Design Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa

2014
Cape Town World Design Capital Accidental Art Public artwork for Nando’s on Kloofstreet

2013
Big Brother is Stunned, Woodstock Industrial Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

2012
From Mooi uitsig to Mooiuitsig: an Artventure, commissioned by Lien Botha for Hangklip Art Week

2010
Cocoon, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg, South Africa
Imagination: for humans, The Laboratory for Recycled Revolutions, curator: Isa Suarez, Greatmore, Cape Town, South Africa

2009
The 1-day Residency project, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Gift, Pierre Fouché, Cape Town, South Africa

2007
Afrikan Tähti/ Star of Africa, Jeanne Hoffman, Rauma, Finland
C-Units, Jeanne Hoffman, Big Bay
Icarus project, Norman O’ Flynn, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Soft Rock Project, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Teardrop Project, Solothurn, Switzerland
Heritage Cache, Cobus van Bosch and Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
Groeisel no. 2, Aardklop Arts Festival, curated by Abrie Fourie, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2004
D.I.E.N.S., KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

2003
Excess: Proudly South African’, in collaboration with Jesus Macarena-Avila, Cape Town, South Africa

2002
Momentary Monument, Rauma, Finland
Music Concrete-YDEsire Art Night’, in collaboration with Jeanne Hoffman, the Cape of Good Hope Castle, Cape Town, South Africa
Fantastic Rubbish’, a mixed media installation, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001
R.I.P, Jeanne Hoffman, Durbanville, South Africa
Forest Cross, Dalsãsen forest, Norway

1999
Oos Wes, Tuis Bes, Mark Coetzee and Leze Hugo, Oudtshoorn Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

ART FAIRS & BIENNIALS

2016
Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Shopping market Independent Art Fair, ALMA MARTHA, Stockholm
Den Fair, Otomys Gallery, Melbourne

2015
154 African Art Fair, with Qubeka Bead Studio, London
Turbine Art Fair, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Constructions’ GRID International Photography Biennial, Cape Town, South Africa

2012
Johannesburg Art Fair, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
Johannesburg Art Fair, SMAC Gallery, South Africa

2006
Cape Biennale at blank projects, curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
The 5th International Florence Biennial for Contemporary Art, Fortezza de Bastilica, Florence, Italy

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2016
Laureate for 2016 AIR Africa Centre Residency, Residency awarded at Khoj, India

2015
Guapamacataro Art & Ecology Residency, Michoacan, Mexico for Art and Ecology
Nominated for Helgaard Steyn National Award for contemporary painting
Short-listed for Headlands Centre Residency, San Francisco
Social Fabric SA Residency in Port Elizabeth, SAMIL

2014
Cape Town World Design Capital public artwork for Nando’s Collection, Kloof Street
Residency at Cité des Arts, Paris

2013
Shortlisted for Woordfees Visual Arts Award, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2009
Frans Masereel Printmaking Residency, Kastelee, Belgium

2006
Pro-Helvetia Residency, Altes Spital, Solothurn, Switzerland
Short-listed for Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award

2004
ARTOMI International Artists’ Residency, Hudson, New York, USA

2002
Rauma Artists’ in Residence, Finland

2001
UNESCO Ashberg Bursary: Residency at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway