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Fine Arts Cum Laude graduate from the North West University (NWU), Christiaan Diedericks has created an impressive body of work over the years. He also completed his Masters degree in Fine Arts Cum Laude (practical component) at the University of Pretoria in 2000.
Diedericks has exhibited extensively throughout Southern Africa, as well as internationally. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Japan, Finland, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Belgium, England, Sweden and France, where he worked, as artist in residence, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris on nine different occasions since 1994. Diedericks has also worked in New York, after receiving the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in 2006, where his work was exhibited to critical acclaim in the New York Blade newspaper, at the gallery 5+5 in Brooklyn, in December 2007.
Diedericks, amongst his many achievements, has also been awarded artist residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; The Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey; The Venice Print Studio for large format printmaking, Italy and the Il Bisonte Printmaking Studio in Florence, Italy recently awarded Diedericks with an AIR in June/July 2013. In November/December/January 2013/4 the artist is invited to live and work at the Guanlan Print Base in Shenzhen, China.
In 2006 Christiaan was the winner of the coveted Kanna Award for Fine Arts at the ABSA KKNK national arts festival in Oudtshoorn for his exhibition Secrets and Lies: Her Majesty’s Ivory Tower. In 2007 he curated the exhibition Flesh also at the ABSA KKNK in Oudsthoorn. Diedericks has also been given numerous grants over a broad spectrum, which range from a NAC International bursary for workshops in non-toxic printmaking in 1999 from the Grande Prairie Regional College in Alberta, Canada, to being chosen to appear on the 13th The Apprentice on SABC 3 in Johannesburg in 2005. In October 2013 Christiaan Diedericks (Cape Town) and sculptor Elizabeth Balcomb (Durban) were invited by the Mosan Art Museum in South Korea to represent South Africa at the 11th International Cultural Festival from 25 September to 16 October. In March 2014 Chris was an invited artist-in-residence at the Guanlan International Print Base in Shenzhen, China and from July to September, artist-in-residence at the lithograpy studio, the Atelier Le Grand Village outside Paris for two months.
This year Christiaan was invited to work in London at the London Print Studio in July, 2015 and for the month of October he will embark on another artist’s residency (AIR) at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France (this is the artist’s 11th residency at the Cité des Arts since 1994)). On top of the above Diedericks will be represented on two international biennials: The Beijing Beinale in China as well as The 7th Splitgraphic in Croatia.
Over the last few years Diedericks’ works consistently sold at record prices on auction at Stephan Welz & Co, Strauss & Co as well as Russell Kaplan auctioneers.
Potchefstroom Museum – South Africa
Potchefstroom University – South Africa
Ostrobothnian Museum – Vaasa – Finland
Cité Internationale des Arts – Paris – France
Museum of Contemporary Art – Chamalieres – Auvergne – France
SAAA – Head office – Pretoria – South Africa (collection sold)
Biblioteque Nationale – Paris – France
The Robert Loder private collection – Johannesburg – South Africa
Telkom SA LTD – Johannesburg
Investec Bank – Cape Town
Pretoria Technikon – Pretoria
Durban University of Technology
Sasol – Johannesburg
Sasol Group Services – Secunda
Sasol Gas – Johannesburg
Medunarodna Galerija Portreta – Tuzla – Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Muceo Nacional del Grabado – Buenos Aires – Argentina
Durban Art Gallery – Durban
ABSA Bank – Johannesburg
Rand Merchant Bank – Johannesburg
Spier Collection – Stellenbosch
Sanlam Collection – Cape Town
MTN Collection – Johannesburg
Artbank – Johannesburg
The Department of Art and Technology, – Pretoria
New York Public Library print collection, – New York City, USA
Ampersand Foundation studio collection, – New York City
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Gallery 5 + 5, Brooklyn, – New York City
Dept of Science and Technology – CSIR – Pretoria
RMB Academy – Johannesburg
Potchefstroom Gimnasium – Potchefstroom
University of Johannesburg – Johannesburg
ATKV – Johannesburg
Frans Masereel Centrum – Kasterlee, Belgium
MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art) – New York City, USA
South African Consulate – Lagos, Nigeria
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art – NYC, USA
University of Cape Town – Cape Town
La collection de la Biennale Internationale d’estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières – Quebec, Canada
Iziko South African National Gallery– Cape Town
Oorlogsmuseum van die Boererepublieke – Bloemfontein
Cabinet des Estampes et Dessins, The Museum of Beaux-Arts of Liége (BAL) – Liége, Belgium
The Collection of the International Print Triennial – Krakow, Poland
The Collection of the Guanlan International Print Biennial – Guanlan Print Base, Shenzhen, China
Museum Karkonoskie, Góra, Poland
Concise artist’s statement
” In my work, time and space appear to dissolve, and an air of conflict erupts. This is often a direct result of a personal aim to calm and disturb at the same time – drawing parallels between the two extremes of utopia and dystopia. There is always a secondary narrative in my work. The primary narrative has symbolic authority and aesthetic promise, although the mysterious secondary narrative exists in order to provoke thought in the viewer.
In many ways I aim to ‘rewrite’ history in my work and the dominant sense of self-awareness that informs most Western art practices. I am trying to present contemporary issues such as Difference as timeless, by situating my vocabulary of images and themes in an organic flux of dreams, history, news, commercial detritus, hyper-reality, and unvoiced feelings and forces of biological nature/desire. More recently, the imminent threat of a global environmental disaster features strongly in my work”.