Currently residing in the Western Cape, Leanne Olivier (born 1986) completed her Bachelor of
Technology in Fine Arts in 2012 at the Tshwane University of Technology.
During 2014 and 2015 she was appointed as a part-time lecturer in drawing, art theory and
gallery curator in the Department of Visual Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology.
In 2017, two of her paintings were selected for the Sanlam Portrait Awards 2017 - Theia was
selected for the Top 40, and Ash and Salt made it to Top 100. Again in 2019, two paintings -
The Two Zacas and For Sue and Marat - were selected for the Top 100 Sanlam Portrait
Awards 2019. Olivier was a finalist for the New Sasol Signature’s Competition in 2008 and
2014. She won the Longstreet Art Lovers Emerging artist competition in 2014 as chosen by judges
Diane Victor, Carl Jeppe and Loeritha Saayman.
Since 2016, she has been participating in various group exhibitions in South Africa.
Solo exhibitions include Gedaante Verwisseling in 2016 (Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town);
Intrinsic/Extrinsic in 2017 (Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town); M(as)kers in 2018 (Woordfees Festival,
Cape Town); and Tussen Stasies in 2019 (Trent Gallery, Pretoria). In 2020, amidst the Great Global Pause (Covid-19), she launched an online exhibition: The Medial Women and short film The Medial Nature in collaboration with GRAIN productions(Available at leanneolivier.com).
“I am interested in the liminal / in between spaces of the human psyche and experience. I use
ash, clay, earth, bones and plant materials as a vehicle to explore and reconnect with the
essence of being; contemplating notions of what it means to exist and challenging ideas of
‘The idea you have of yourself suffers from ideas it has about itself”….and thus:
‘Unknow thyself, in order to know thyself’
I emphasize the importance to familiarize oneself and meditate on death / impermanence regularly.
To engage in practises and access the wisdom of ancient and current shamanistic cultures; whom have a deep understanding of the cyclical nature of things and the relationship between supposed dualities: human/animal, nature/science, irrational/rational, dream-state/consciousness, order/chaos, light/dark. All is interconnected. The one begets the other.”