Robyn Denny

Robyn Denny, b.1972, South Africa, is a painter and video artist known for her visceral, compelling multi-media installations. In Cape Town, she majored in painting at Michaelis School of Fine Art then attained a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College in London. Soon after, Denny co-curated the critically renowned group show, JUNCTURE, in London and Cape Town.

Denny’s most recent exhibition, TRACES OF UNTOLD STORIES (2020), with its haunting video installation, stills, and large ink paintings, is based on Denny’s experiences in the former Portuguese slave islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. Her short film ‘Song for the Ruins’ won a gold award at the New Delhi Film Festival 2021.

The early LARGE BLACK INKS (2007), underground in The Hudson building, marked the artist’s pull towards fully immersive installations, with a cavernous installation of subterranean darkness pierced by vaults of light.

Denny co-directed a multi-panel film with Mamela Nyamza: HATCHED 2015. A proscenium arch effect served as a filmic backdrop for Nyamza’s live performance. LOOP Art Fair, Barcelona selected it in 2016, as did Marta Moriarty’s Slowtrack gallery in Madrid – reincorporating Nyamza’s live performance with Denny’s paintings to complete the installation.

In 2017, Denny’s INDIGO – Passage to Healing paintings were selected for AKAA Art Fair Paris. Another collaboration with a Nyamza performance. Denny’s solo show, EASTCOAST GOLD, followed at Berman Contemporary in 2018. Nyamza’s live performance again added potent dimensionality.

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Robyn Denny