Riaan van Zyl

Exploring and deepening his own impressions and comprehension, Riaan searches for and takes inspiration from ordinary things around him. He deconstructs commonplace ideas and reimagines their context with experimental media such as old car oil, anthracite and cobalt salts.

While at first glance his work might seem abstract and confusing, Riaan focuses on challenging the viewer to see everyday things in a different light. His images create an outcome with its own very personal structure, punctuation and movement through the use of composition.

Riaan van Zyl

Riaan exhibits internationally and locally, with more than 33 solo and numerous group exhibitions under his belt. His works feature in prestigious art collections around the world.

Featured Work

Riaan van Zyl - Gejaag na wind

‘Gejaag na wind’   2022

Old car oil, charcoal, oil, bio-char, anthracite, ink, pastel and chalk on canvas

180x300cm

Riaan van Zyl - Late night

Late night   2022

Old car oil, charcoal, oil, anthracite, chalk and pastel on canvas

90x140cm

Riaan van Zyl - Insatiable

Insatiable   2022

Old car oil, charcoal, oil, anthracite, chalk and pastel on paper

70×40 cm

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