Mary Visser

Mary Visser was born in 1971 and grew up in Somerset West in the Western Cape, South Africa.

She studied drawing and painting at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where she received her BFA in 1992. In 2013 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Art, with distinction, at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

She has had six solo exhibitions, the two most recent being ‘Funny Things are Everywhere’ at the AVA Gallery and ‘Assembly’ at Everard Read’s Circa Gallery, Cape Town in 2018. She has participated in various group exhibitions including ‘Summer Show’ at the Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, ‘Out of Nowhere’ at Smith Gallery in 2017 and most recently at 131agallery in Woodstock in 2019.

Her work is in collections locally and abroad including those of the University of Cape Town, Nando’s, HBSC Bank and the New Constitutional Court, Johannesburg.

Mary lives and works in Cape Town. 


"My paintings are the result of the drawings, notes and musings I make as I travel between my home in Rondebosch and my studio in Salt River. I am interested in attention as a contemplative practice. Rather than depicting the city as an aesthetic space, I want to disrupt the pre-conceived and structured nature of the built environment in order to locate it's human imprint. What are the social and personal implications of living and working in this context? How and where do the external and internal spaces intersect and what do we understand from this?"