Elmarie Van Straten

In the words of Elmarie Van Straten: “My inspiration is fueled by an insatiable thirst for adventure and exploration. Nature and all its contradictions, the man-made and the unexplored universe that is the imagination is what shapes my creative mind, space, and world.”

Elmarie Van Straten graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Stellenbosch and soon after she obtained her PGCE Teaching Degree. In addition, Van Straten completed multiple design and desktop publishing diplomas with the purpose of furthering her formal education – but she didn’t stop there. In 2008, she enrolled for a Master’s in Visual Arts through the University of South Africa.

Her passion for working with artists and galleries led her to leave teaching and take up a job as Gallery Manager at WorldArt and after this, worked as an Art Director and Auctioneer for one of the world’s largest art dealers, Park West Gallery, based in Miami – which allowed for passionate work coupled with incredible travel.

“My deepest love of art lies in the idea that art is as much open to interpretation as it misinterpretation. People will look at my work in awe and sense the vibrations of a distorted universe. A cacophony of philosophy, mythology, and excerpts of my imagination.”

Upon returning to South Africa, Van Straten was hired as a junior curator for the Spier Arts Trust. In her spare time, she has been producing a television show with her husband for KykNet called “Maar is dit Kuns?” (“But is it Art?”) as well as being the business developer for Cur8 Art, a digital company building Art Inventory Management systems for large Art Corporations.

Elmarie van Straten – Coded Reality