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1959, born in Pretoria, South Africa

Nicolaas Maritz was born in Pretoria in 1959. The son of two architects, he was exposed to art and design at an early age. After Fine Art studies at the University of Cape Town he worked briefly as a graphic designer. He lived in London between 1983 and 1985, but returned to South Africa permanently in 1986.

He has lectured at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch and illustrated a number of award winning children's books.

Nicolaas held his first one-man exhibition in 1976 at the Eastern Province Society of Fine Arts Gallery in Port Elizabeth. Since then he has exhibited all over South Africa and in London. His most recent show was a one-man exhibition of new paintings at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town.

Although Nicolaas is primarily known as a painter, he also works in many other media including print-making, ceramics and sculpture.

His mysterious art works have been described as ‘ethno-centric punk’, zippy and zesty.

This vesatile artist will exhibit works in three different media:

Glass paintings:
A complex medium, where layers of paint are applied on glass, in reverse. The resultant colours are extremely bright and clear. Come and marvel at the expressions on the ‘Cat Portraits’. Or buy one of the ‘Black Lemons’ still lives, or a ‘Memento Mori’, to hang above your mantelpiece.

Lino Prints:
This affordable series of lino prints in two colours, will be shown for the first time.
Subjects include ‘Cat Portraits’, a ‘lizard picture’ as well as male nude studies.
Also included in this show, is a series of nine black and white lino prints, which served as illustrations for the recently published volume of poetry, Forgotten City and other Poems, by Gerrit Komrij, the Dutch poet laureate. (Queillerie/Snailpress,Cape Town,2002).

Paintings, Enamel on Board:
Maritz is well known by now for his works in this controversial medium. This time there are still lives with pumpkins, skulls, more Sick Lemons and portraits of cats.

The art works of Nicolaas Maritz may be seen in all the major art collections in South Africa, including the South African National Art Gallery. His most recent one man shows were at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town and the Elsie Balt Art Gallery, Evita se Perron, Darling.

This shy artist lives in Darling, where he continues to paint prolifically, ignoring the current debates around the necessity for ‘new media’ in art. His hobbies are gardening and reading

His work is represented in all the major art museums and corporate art collections in South Africa.


Impressions, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Turn Around Time, annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Annual wild life exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Continuum, Annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Public Collections:

South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Pretoria Art Museum.
Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Durban Art Gallery.
King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
Department of National Education, Pretoria.
Anglo American Corporation, Johannesburg.
Standard Bank Art Collection.
Sanlam Art Collection.
ABSA Bank Art Collection.
Rand Merchant Bank Art Collection.
Telkom Art Collection.
Volkskas Art Collection.
SASOL Art Collection.
Akasia Clinic, Pretoria
University of Cape Town Art Collection.
University of Stellenbosch SASOL Art Museum
Didata Art Collection, Johannesburg.
E.Oppenheimer & Sons Art Collection, Johannesburg.
Arabella Sherton Hotel, Cape Town.

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Title: Purple Peeping Tom Cat AP; 58/120
Size: 30 x 17.5 cm
Media: Linocut
Price: R 2 950 Framed;
R 2 100 Unframed
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