Photo Credit: A. Goedhart.

Riaan van Zyl pushes the boundaries of contemporary art, and classical techniques and concepts. He takes his primary inspiration from commonplace, ordinary ideas and his perception of things around him, effectively capturing their fascination and value with a deconstructed eye. At first glance his work may look abstract but closer investigation reveals a very personal syntax, punctuation and orchestration, with each piece becoming almost a performance of movement rather than a standard drawing.
Riaan has exhibited internationally and locally in over 28 solo and numerous group exhibitions, with his work has sold into some of the most prestigious art collections in the world. His 2016 series, ‘quintessence • kwinˈtesəns’, was part of two solo shows in Cape Town and Riebeek Kasteel, while a more recent series, ‘machinery • məˈʃiːn(ə)ri’, showed in Hermanus.

Riaan’s 2017 body of work, ‘ambiguity • ambɪ’ɡjuːɪti’, focuses on the duplicity of movement and the interaction between artist and viewer.



‘ ambiguity /ambɪˈɡjuːɪti/‘,  2017 Old car oil, oil, pastel, anthracite & charcoal on canvas, 3 x 200x180cm.



Following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, Solo Studios returns to the Riebeek Valley over the weekend of 11-13 August 2017:

Hosted in and around the towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, Solo Studios is a collaboration between artists, art curators and galleries based in the area, and has been created to provide an opportunity for art collectors to visit artists in their studios to view and purchase their art. Mostly private and reclusive, the artists invite the fraternity into their personal realm for a rare intimate encounter.

A new addition to this year’s offering is the inclusion of resident authors, poets and book illustrators, all represented on one platform in a group exhibition, “The Writers’ Studio”. A highlight of this programme is the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with political commentator Max du Preez and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw.


For more information on tickets and weekend passes please visit:


Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1302900376468606/