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Diek Grobler obtained his BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 1987 and his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996. He has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections. Grobler is involved in avant garde theatre, and has his own performance company, Fopspeen Live Art. He is also involved in public art projects, and organised the mural project, the Artwall Metrorail Art Gallery, which recently received two BASA awards. He has illustrated fifteen children’s books for various publishers and also works in animation.
Curriculum Vitae: Diek Grobler.
1964 Born in Warmbaths, South Africa
1987 - Obtain B.A. Fine Arts Degree from University of Pretoria
1996 - Obtain Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand
Solo- and Two-person Shows
1988 - First professional Exhibition: Two-Person show at Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria.
1989 - Two two-person shows in February and December, at The Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg.
1990 - Two-person show at SAAA Gallery , Pretoria.
1992 - Two-person show at Gallery 709, Cape Town.
1993 - Solo Exhibition at Gallery on Tyrone, Parkview, Johannesburg.
1994 - Solo Exhibition at Gallery on Tyrone, Parkview, Johannesburg.
1995 - Two-person show at Dorpstraat Gallery, Stellenbosch.
1997 - Solo Exhibition at The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
Exhibition at James Colman Fine Art, London.
Solo Exhibition at the Arts Association Pretoria
1998 - Two-person show at the Johannes Stegman Gallery, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein.
Two-person show at the Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch.
1999 - Solo exhibition at the Gencor Gallery, Rand Afrikaans University
Solo exhibition at the Millenium Gallery, Pretoria.
1985-1988 - Annual New Signatures Competition exhibition: South African Association of Art, various locations.
1988 - CLAY + : Unisa Art Gallery
1988-89 - Volkskas Atelier Competition exhibition
1989 - Vita Art Now: Johannesburg Art Gallery
1991-1998 Volkskas Atelier Competition exhibition
1991 - Love, Landscape, and Lonely escape: Gallery on the Market, Newtown.
1995 - World Environment Day exhibition: Pretoria Art Museum.
Annual Wits Masters in Fine Art exhibition, Gertrude Posel Gallery.
1996 - World Environment Day exhibition: Pretoria Art Museum
'A Little Show of Drawers' University of Pretoria Art Gallery
13 Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League: Over-Seas House, London and Royal College of Art, Edinburgh.
El Gezirah Sheraton Hotel, Cairo: SAAA International Project.
1998 - Exhibition of South African Contemporary Art in the SASOL Collection: Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn.
1988 - Merit award for Sculpture, New Signatures Competition.
1993 - Merit Award in Volkskas Atelier Competition.
1995 - Merit Award in Volkskas Atelier Competition.
1996 - Work selected for 13th Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League, London
1999 - De Kat Herrie- Award ,Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn
Diek Grobler's work is represented in the following public and corporate collections:
Pretoria Art Museum
Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
Durban Art Gallery
University of South Africa Art Collection.
SASOL Art Collection
SANLAM art collection
His work is also included in various private collections in South Africa and Europe.
1993- Join TOM Performance Art Company
1993 - 1995 partake in the annual Basement Theater events, a performance platform created by TOM Performance Art Company
1993 - 1997 present pieces at the annual Vita Dance Umbrella Festival.
1997 - compile a Performance Art Show for the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
Invited to present a piece on an exhibition entitled "Empire and I", curated by Australian artist Alana Jelinek and destined to tour four cities in the United Kingdom, including London, in 1998.
1998 - Establish 'Fopspeen' Live Art Company
Creates and presents "Sewe Dae in Babel" at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, and at the Pretoria City Hall.
Presents "Populier/Poplar" at various venues, including the Universities of Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Unisa.
1999 - Presents "Die Lang Pad na Ninevé" at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.
Receives the De Kat Herrie-award with the production.
"Die Lang Pad na Ninevé" enjoys two runs in Pretoria, and is presented at arts festivals in Durban and Potchefstroom.
Organizes and presents a Live Art Festival at the Capitol Theatre, Pretoria
2000 Presents "Ararat" on the main festival program, " Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.
Creates "Pachypodium Namakwanum" for a run at the Moon Box, Pretoria