Artist Strijdom van der Merwe

Strijdom van der Merwe was born in 1961 and studied art in South Africa at the University of Stellenbosch, in the Netherlands at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, in the Czech Republic at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and in the United Kingdom at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury.

He works internationally and has made land art works in South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Namibia, Sweden, Lithuania, Japan, United States, Australia, Germany, Kenya, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Malta, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.

Strijdom’s many awards include a medal of honour from the South African Academy for Science and Art, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a grant from the Prince Claus Fund.