Juan Stockenstroom is a South African artist, born in 1982 in Cape Town, where he grew up. He started out working in the medium of photography and digital art. However, after a number of years in this medium, he found it limiting and so abandoned it. In 2018, he started working in painting, finding this medium more expansive and thus more suitable for exploring the themes and ideas with which his work is concerned.Read more
Series | Gold, Guns and Paradise
Juan Stockenstroom’s new body of work titled Gold, Guns and Paradise is a multi-layered visual universe that continues his investigation of lost histories and narratives of the African continent and its Diaspora.
He plays with the concepts of time, history and reality by juxtaposing multiple timelines over present- day sound bites and personal experiences on canvas with the reoccurring themes of Gold, Guns and Paradise metaphorically stitching each work to the next. He addresses both low and high culture with these themes, drawing parallels between both prince and pauper.Read more
Series | Of Heroes and Heroines – A Slave Odyssey
Of Heroes and Heroines – A Slave Odyssey, is a non-linear continuous and interwoven body of work created at the beginning of 2019 by the artist. It is made up of singular paintings which are all connected containing multiple extracts of larger themes and narratives which have then been split up and reconfigured, acting like a jigsaw puzzle. Rich with historical references from various countries in Africa and its diaspora, as well as contemporary cultural notes from his mixed heritage and home country, South Africa, Stockenstroom’s colourful and animated canvases, appear somewhat imposing and demand the viewers’ attention. The common thematic denominators stringing the work together is slavery, heroes and heroines.Read more