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 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.
‘Gejaag na wind’ 2022
Old car oil, charcoal, oil, bio-char, anthracite, ink, pastel and chalk on canvas
Late night 2022
Old car oil, charcoal, oil, anthracite, chalk and pastel on canvas
Old car oil, charcoal, oil, anthracite, chalk and pastel on paper