Fine Arts Cum Laude graduate from the North West University (NWU), Christiaan Diedericks has created an impressive body of work over the years. He 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, China, Japan, Finland, Argentina, Tanzania, 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 at the gallery 5+5 in Brooklyn to critical acclaim in the New York Blade newspaper, in December 2007.
Diedericks, amongst his many achievements, has been awarded twenty-nine artist residencies to date 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 awarded Diedericks with an AIR in June/July 2013. In 2013 the artist was invited to live and work at the Guanlan Print Base in Shenzhen, China for three months - to name only a few.
In 2006 Christiaan became the recipient 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 Oudtshoorn. 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 World Cultural Festival from 25 September to 16 October. In March 2014 Chris was invited artist-in-residence at the Guanlan International Print Base in Shenzhen, China and from July to September 2014 artist-in-residence at the lithograpy studio the Atelier Le Grand Village, Limoges, France for two months.
In July 2015 Christiaan worked at the London Print Studio and in October/November he successfully completed another artist’s residency (AIR) at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France. In December Christiaan showed his work at Chris Boicos Fine Arts in Paris, France. On top of the above Diedericks represented South Africa on two international biennials in 2015: The Beijing Biennale in China as well as The 7th Splitgraphic in Croatia.
In March 2016 Christiaan was again included in a group print exhibition at Chris Boicos Fine Arts in Paris, France and in December he again worked and lived at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France.
In 2017 Christiaan will mount no less than five solo exhibitions: at the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein, The Melrose Gallery, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Die Woordfees 2017 in Stellenbosch, Rossouw Modern in Hermanus and at Rust and Vrede in Durbanville. He will also be represented on four international print Biennials and complete yet another artist’s residency (his ninth residency) at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France. Diedericks represented South Africa at the Silk Roads International Art Festival in Xi’an, China, in September 2016, where he was present at the official opening ceremony.
In May 2019 Christiaan mounted his solo exhibition In search of a new King at The Melrose Gallery as well as a lithography recidency at The London Print studio.
In July and August 2020 Diedericks will again be artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris – this is the artist’s tenth residency at the Cité des Arts. During this time Christiaan will also work at the London Print Studio (LPS) - his third residency at the LPS. These were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 Diedericks received the FIRST PRIZE for experimental printmaking at the 8th International Miniprint, Kazanlak in Bulgaria and awarded an exhibition of his works at the grand opening of this event.
Over the last few years Diedericks’ works consistently sold on auction at Stephan Welz & Co, Strauss & Co as well as Russell Kaplan auctioneers in South Africa.