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RINA STUTZER

A SHORT BIO

Her most recent collaboration unfolded into the shape of ‘Pinned Transitory II’, an installation for the South African pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale Architettura, Reporting from the Front.

The pop-up canvas sculpture, part of the Cool Capital initiative, deals with a bird motif which becomes a metaphor of a fluid African identity and refers to the adapter, traveller or nomad. It investigates and questions ideas of permanence.

She works in variety of mediums and currently works with the ‘nomadic’ as a comprehensive theme, exploring this within a South African context.

Apart from her private art practice Rina is a creative planner at the collective art studio Dionysus Sculpture Studio and foundry and engages with this collective on a multi-occupational level. She also holds a studio space within the collective where she paints and sculpts.

In her paintings, she explores painting with acid on copper plate as an ever-changing image. These images are presented alongside digital prints of the painting at the time of ‘completion’ (from when they are no longer actively worked on, but during which the patina and oxidisation continues to alter the image).

Stutzer has achieved a number of accolades including: The Bettie Cilliers-Barnard Bursary from the University of Pretoria for excellence in painting. She was awarded the first prize in the Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award Competition (2007) and achieved a distinction for her majoring practical subject, painting, in her Masters in Fine Arts, the same year. She was awarded the Rendezvous: Focus Painting award, also named the Bettie Cilliers-Barnard award, comprising a French residency in 2013 . She has participated in a number of group exhibitions since 2000 in South Africa as well as in Great Britain and The Netherlands. In 2014 she was invited to attend a residency at the Nirox Sculpture Park. For the year ahead she is enthralled in large-scale public sculpture undertakings.