Mpenja (conceptually driven by Frances Schandera and Everett
Duarte) - is a collaboration of a European Artist´s vision and
the knowledge from an African Artist, their combined approach allows
for a multiplicity of combinations within Mpenja´s work. The
conception of Mpenja comes from a coastal nature reserve called
Subject matter is that of the African vista, both aquatic and the
vastness of the interior from the Transkei through Swaziland and up
towards Xai Xai in Mozambique. The process is a layering of
contrasting gestural and structural marks inter dispersed with silk
screened photographs. "We both work in the abstract so the
element of realism offers a subtle persuasion of time and
Feeding off each other's marks with instinctive and spontaneous
reactions opens up possibilities of new discoveries within all the
formal qualities of the painting and allowing for new unexpected
Everett Duarte was born in Tzaneen, South Africa in 1980.
1998 Matriculated at Pietermaritzburg College / ZA.
1999-2001 National Diploma Graphic Art at Technikon Natal in Durban
2006-2007 University of Fine Art (HfBK) in Dresden / Germany with
Prof. Ralf Kerbach.
||Marina Beach 2006
||Dresden, Germany 2006
|Gallery Anne (with Izidro Duarte)
||Gabarone, Botswana 2003
|Depictions Gallery (with Keith Erasmus)
||Marina Beach 2005
|Depictions Gallery (with Mark Meyer)
||Marina Beach 2005
Alte Pfarrhaeuser (with Frances Schandera)
Group Exhibitons 2003 - 2007
The Gallery at San Lameer, South Africa
Margate Art Museum in Margate, South Africa
Tamasa Art Gallery in Durban, South Africa
Colaborart at Margate Art Museum, South Africa
International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa
Festival in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
The Stewart Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa
Red Eye at the Durban Art Museum, South Africa
Gallery Ines Schulz in
House of Art in Munich, Germany
Born in Germany in 1975; graduated from the University of Applied
Arts in Schneeberg (Germany) in 1997 as a fashion designer;
Assistant Designer with Erica Matile (Zurich / Switzerland) in 1997;
started the fashion label, m u t a r e in 1998; 1998 - 2002 fashion
performance m u t a r e, participated in various fashion shows,
workshops and exhibitions in Dresden, Leipzig, Duesseldorf and other
cities, her collection was selected for the German Trendsetter Show
in 1999 and 2000 CPD in Duesseldorf.
2002 - 2004: Lectured at the Jassawi University (Shymkent,
Kazakhstan); 2002 - 2004: Further studies at the University of Art
in Dresden (Germany); 2004 - MA in Art Therapie.
Frances Schandera always concentrated on visual art and has
exhibited in a number of exhibitions in Germany. In 2001, Frances
was selected for the International Marianne Brandt Award (Germany)
were she was awarded both the Painting and Fashion Appreciation
prizes. More recent exhibitions include RED Eye Durban, ADAPTATION
Germany along with several Group shows.
Frances is now living and working on the KwaZulu-Natal South
Coast in South Africa.