Anina Deetlefs

Anina is a born and bred Cape Townian. She obtained a Degree in Graphic Design at the University of Stellenbosch in 1995. She worked in the fashion and interior industry both internationally and locally.

She has been a finalist in The StateoftheART Awards compition (2018), The Sasol New Signature Competition (Top 100) (2015)The Sanlam Portrait Award(Top 100)(2017) and [email protected] in Association with Julie Miller Contemporary Art  Womxn Competion (Top 100)(2020)

Artist  Statement 

Anina has found her niche in large and small scale portrait and figuaritive studies which she approaches with meticulous attention to detail. 

She draws her inspiration from ' the stuff of life', womanhood and the different facets of that identity, relationships, childhood, memories and cultural heritage. These themes are sensitively rendered into art that is relatable and accessible to the viewer. 

She explores adversities, mistakes, failures and relationships by asking how these experiences might cultivate human growth and spiritual enlightenment.

The internal landscapes that she depicts set the scene for an enquiry into the ambiguity of life. The notion that any situation could be a cause for optimism or pessimism – that perception is unique to every individual and is simply one’s interpretation of reality – is a central tenet of her work.