artist biography

Eksteen (b. 1973, South Africa) is a figurative painter, renowned for his large scale confrontational portraits. His work relies on both figurative and abstract painting traditions in the creation of pieces that not only represent the physical appearance of his sitters, but also reflects on and explores their inner life and state of mind. Eksteen refers to the creation of these portraits as a quest for new archetypes.

Works are created through a process that include several sessions with a sitter, followed by digital manipulation of reference materials before the actual painting is started. Paintings are created using several often experimental techniques and relies on finding a balance between the transparent and opaque, dark and light, the controlled and the expressive. The completed images are seemingly simplistic, but confronts on many levels with it's raw emotional complexity.

artist profile

Eksteen (also known as XTN) was born at Zastron, South Africa on October 6, 1973. He studied towards a BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and UNISA (University of South Africa)

He spent several years working in related fields from Menswear Designer to various positions in the Interior Decorating and Digital Design Industries. As a Visual Artist Eksteen has been actively working and exhibiting since 1996. Taking part in numerous group and two person exhibitions on an International level. He has reached the finals of prestigious art competitions such as the ABSA Atelier Competition. His work is currently included in several private collections across the world as far afield as Germany, Sweden and the USA.

Eksteen's work can best be described as the study of relationships. This theme often explored by means of opposing energies or elements in his work has been the fundamental conceptual building block for most of his work since the mid 1990's. Works focus on specific aspects of identity and how juxtaposed philosophies or imagery, can illuminate our understanding of self and how we relate to others and the world. The interplay or relationships between gender and identity, gender and sexuality and the contradictions between the physical and emotional world, has been some of his major fields of exploration.

His work is visually confrontational, but most often serves as a simple "question" posed to the viewer. He has presented images of castrated men (La Mort, 1998), confronting notions and understanding about gender by beckoning the viewer to confess "who they are without their genitals" He has combined the faces of male and female sitters into a single androgynous portraits (xx=xy, 2015) asking the viewer to identify the gender of the image and in so doing to expose their own gender bias understanding of the visual world.

Eksteen, is currently living and working in Durban, South Africa.

artist statement

My current body of work consists mainly of portraits.

Utilising a distinctive approach to this tradition, these works visually explore themes relating to the deconstruction and fragmentation of identity. Through a process of drawing on conventions of both, figurative and abstract painting, the works attempt to visually dissect and deconstruct the subject matter in the pursuit of an understanding of the dynamics and transient nature of the 21st century psyche.

They are intended to evoke discussion on the idea of personal identity as a series of disjointed concepts in a continuous state of flux. A search for new archetypes for the 21st century.

exhibitions

upcoming exhibitions

  • 2018 TTAG2018 Group Exhibition | The Travelling Art Gallery | Ostertorpassage | Hildesheim | 1 - 12 December 2018
  • 2018 Night of a 1000 drawings Group Exhibition | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | 7 December 2018
  • 2019 UMHLABA / LAND Group Exhibition | KZNSA | Durban | 12 March - 7 April 2019
  • 2019 NEXUS Solo Exhibition | State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | Opens 7 March 2019
  • 2019 Palate, Plate, Palette Group Exhibition | Rust-en-Vrede Gallery | Durbanville | 9 April - 8 May 2019
  • 2019 En-route Two person Exhibition with Nicole Pletts | KZNSA | Durban | Details to be confirmed



exhibition history - solo exhibitions




exhibition history - group exhibitions

  • 1993 Annual Student Exhibition - University of Pretoria | Pretoria | South Africa | August 1993

  • 1996 New South African Art - South African High Commission | Maseru | Lesotho | September 1996

  • 1997
    • Bowie Outside - Precinct Gallery | Johannesburg | South Africa | August 1997
    • Volkskas Atelier - (Provincial Finalist) Johannes Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | March 1997

  • 1998
    • Spiritualized - Ladybrand Library Hall | Ladybrand | South Africa | December 1998
    • Volkskas Atelier - (National Finalist) Pietersburg Art Museum | Pietersburg | South Africa | August 1998 (Catalogue PDF)
    • Volkskas Atelier - (Provincial Finalist) Johannes Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | March 1998 (Catalogue PDF)

  • 1999
    • ABSA L' Atelier 1999 - (National Finalist) African Window Museum | Pretoria | South Africa | August 1999 (Catalogue PDF)
    • ABSA L' Atelier 1999 - (Provincial Finalist) Pretoria Art Association | Pretoria | South Africa | March 1999 (Catalogue PDF)

  • 2000
    • Versus - The Basotho Hat | Maseru | Lesohto | October 2000
    • ABSA L' Atelier 2000 - (Provincial Finalist) Johannes Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | March 2000

  • 2001 Washed - Basotho Hat | Maseru | Lesotho | April 2001

  • 2002 Group 9 - Art Bizarre | Somerset-West | South Africa | December 2002

  • 2003
    • Travelog - CoJo's | Muizenberg | South Africa | November 2003
    • Travelog - Gallery on the bay | Gordon's Bay | South Africa | August 2003
    • Vespertine - Pop-up Gallery | Ladybrand | South Africa | April 2003 (Watch related video)

  • 2004 Seascapes - Gallery on the bay | Gordon's Bay | South Africa | November 2004

  • 2008
    • Naive - Uber arte | Berlin | Germany | February 2008
    • Art of Africa - Temporary Pop-Up Gallery | Maseru | Lesotho | September 2008
    • Running Exhibition - Mocca Chino's | Ladybrand | South Africa
    • Art from the Eastern Free State - The Cabin | Clocolan | South Africa | July 2008

  • 2010 Modern Free State - Johanness Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | June 2010

  • 2011 Contemporary Free State - Johanness Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | June 2011

  • 2013 Rebirth - Living Life Shed | Ladybrand | South Africa | October 2013

  • 2014
    • Grassroots - KZNSA | Durban | South Africa | January 2014
    • artSPACE Durban Artists' Choice Awards 2014 - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | July 2014 (Read more...)
    • Transmutation - Karoo 1 Gallery | De Doorns | South Africa | October / November 2014 (Catalogue PDF) (Related website)

  • 2015
    • Transformation, Incubation, Activation - KZNSA | Durban | South Africa | January / February 2015
    • artSPACE Durban Artists Choice Awards 2015 - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | June 2015 (Read more...)
    • Inspirations VI: Durban Yesterday, Now and Tomorrow - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | July 2015 (Read more...)
    • Pulp Fiction - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | October 2015 (Read more...)
    • SOTA Curator's Choice | October 2015 - State of The Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | October 2015
    • BuzzArt 15 - KZNSA Gallery | Durban | South Africa | November / December 2015
    • artSPACE 13th Affordable Art Show - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | December 2015 / January 2016
    • Show 1 - Loading Bay Gallery | Durban | South Africa | December 2015 / January 2016

  • 2016
    • Invisible - KZNSA | Durban | South Africa | January 2016
    • Show 3 - Loading Bay Gallery | Durban | South Africa | March / April 2016
    • Beneath the skin - State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | June 2016
    • Show 5 - Loading Bay Gallery | Durban | South Africa | June 2016
    • Durban Art Exchange & Artists Choice Awards - artSPACE Durban | Durban | South Africa | October 2016
    • Curated running exhibition - Die Dorpstraat Gallery | Stellenbosch | South Africa | October / November 2016
    • South Facing - Eclectica Design & Art | Cape Town | South Africa | November 2016 (Read more...)
    • Curator's Choice First Thurdays - State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | November 2016
    • Transition - Breathing Space / Grace Kotze Projects | Durban | South Africa | December 2016
    • Curator's Choice First Thurdays - State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | December 2016

  • 2017
    • Curator's Choice First Thurdays | State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | January 2017
    • Forward - The Breathing Space | Durban | South Africa | May 2017
    • The universe next door | Fynarts 2017 - Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | June 2017
    • Curator's Choice First Thurdays - State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | June 2017
    • Vryfees 2017 - The Showroom Art Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | July 2017
    • Decorex 2017 | The Showroon Art Gallery | Johannesburg | South Africa | August 2017
    • d'urban Art Exchange & Artists Choice Awards | artSpace durban | Durban | South Africa | September 2017
    • Durban Artists | KZNSA Park Gallery | Durban | South Africa | September 2017
    • Figures & Faces | The Showroon Art Gallery | Pretoria | South Africa | September 2017
    • Inaugural Exhibition | artplus STUDIO 32 | Umhlanga | South Africa | September 2017
    • Inspiration Tables 2017 | Rossouw Modern | Windhoek | Namibia | September 2017
    • Aardklop Arts Festival | The Showroom Art Gallery | Potchefstroom | South Africa | October 2017
    • Michaelis Silent Auction 2017 | Smith Studio | Cape Town | South Africa | October 2017
    • South African Art | RESTOCK | Funchal | Portugal | October 2017
    • BuzzArt 2017 | KZNSA Gallery | Durban | South Africa | November 2017
    • Night of a 1000 drawings | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | December 2017
    • SPACE | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | December 2017

  • 2018
    • SPACE | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | January 2018
    • Disruption | KZNSA Gallery | Durban | South Africa | January 2018
    • Curated Group Exhibition | The Boutique Gallery | Camps Bay | South Africa | January - June 2018
    • Curated Running Exhibition | Opulent Living | Cape Town | South Africa | February - May 2018
    • KKNK | The Showroom Art Gallery | Outshoorn | South Africa | March / April 2018
    • Faces | Opulent Living | Hilton Cape Town - Executive Lounge | Cape Town | South Africa | May 2018
    • New Dawn | Eclectica Design and Art | Cape Town | South Africa | June - August 2018 (View Exhibition Catalogue | PDF)
    • FynArts 2018 | Ces't la Vie | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | June 2018
    • Durban Artists | KZNSA Park Contemporary | Durban | South Africa | June 2018
    • The Art of Pairing | COMMUNITY | Durban | South Africa | June 2018
    • TTAG2018 | The Travelling Art Gallery / RASSELMANIA | Hildesheim | Germany | June 2018
    • TTAG2018 | The Travelling Art Gallery | abc.cube | Hamburg | Germany | June - July 2018
    • Curated Running Exhibition | Eye 4 Art | Durban | South Africa | July 2018
    • TTAG2018 | The Travelling Art Gallery | LUCATION depotLU Ludwigshafen am Rhein | Mannheim | Germany | July 2018
    • Michaelis Silent Auction 2018 | SMITH | Cape Town | South Africa | July 2018
    • First Thursdays Curated Group Show August 2018 | State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | August 2018
    • TTAG2018 | The Travelling Art Gallery / President Hotel | Cape Town | South Africa | August 2018
    • Curated Group Exhibition | Smudge Contemporary Art Gallery | Clarens | South Africa | September 2018
    • Aardklop | The Showroom Art Gallery | Potchefstroom | South Africa | October 2018
    • Curated Group Exhibition | The Showroom Art Gallery | Pretoria | South Africa | October 2018
    • First Fridays Curated Group Exhibition | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | November 2018

achievements and accolades

  • 1998 - National finalist - Volkskas Atelier Competition
  • 1999 - National finalist - ABSA L'Atelier Competition
  • 2014 - Durban Artists Choice Awards - 2nd Place - artSPACE durban (Read more...)
  • 2015 - Durban Artists Choice Awards - 3rd Place - artSPACE durban (Read more...)
  • 2015 - Durban Artists Choice Awards - 1st Place (Juried Award) (Read more...)
  • 2015 - Pulp Fiction - Best work - artSPACE durban (Read more...)
  • 2016 - Cover artwork - Good Taste Magazine - Edition 254 - June 2016
  • 2017 - Durban Artists Choice Awards - 3rd Place
  • 2018 - Selected as 1 of 12 South African Contemporary Artists for TTAG2018 Germany

selected interviews, publications & broadcasts

  • 1998 - "Artists in the country" Diane Coetzer, Shell Farmer (PDF)
  • 2011 - "South African Art" LLC Books, Wiki Series (ISBN-13: 9781157670582 - ISBN-10: 115767058X)
  • 2015 - "Excellent work from Eksteen" Marianne Meijer, The Mercury (Read on Press Reader)
  • 2016 - Cover story & interview - Good Taste Magazine, Edition 254 - June 2016 View in ISSUU
  • 2016 - SABC3 Top Billing - Artwork featured in insert - 17 August 2016 - View full insert
  • 2016 - "Hot" Marianne Meijer, The Mercury 15 September 2016 (Read on Press Reader)
  • 2016 - "Eksteen explores the depths of individualism" Arts Editor - The Witness - 21 September 2016 (Read on Press Reader)
  • 2016 - "Assimilation - Corné Eksteen" Arts Editor - The New Age (Northern Cape) - 26 September 2016 (Read on Press Reader)
  • 2016 - Featured artwork, "South Facing" Eclectica Design and Art - Slow Magazine, Edition 31 - November 2016
  • 2017 - Exhibition featured in "Madeira Agenda Culturel" - February 2017
  • 2017 - "The Revelator" - Featured in "The South African Artist Magazine" desk calendar.
  • 2017 - Featured artist - The South African Artist Magazine - Issue 29 (View info / order a copy HERE)
  • 2017 - SABC3 Top Billing - Artwork featured in insert - 23 November 2017 - View full insert
  • 2017 - "New visual metaphors in our changing world" - Marianne Meijer, The Mercury - 8 December 2017 - (Read on Press Reader)
  • 2018 - Leinebergland TV vor Ort (Deutschland) - Artwork featured in insert on The Travelling Art Gallery in Hildesheim - 13 June 2018 - View full insert
  • 2018 - "Werke zwölf südafrikanischer Künstler in der ABC-Straße" - Kristin Flöter - Hamburger Abendblatt (Deutschland) - Artwork featured in article on The Travelling Art Gallery in Hamburg - 29 June 2018 - View full article
  • 2018 - "Künstler bringen afrikanisches Lebensgefühl ins alte Depot" - Katja Geiler - Mannheimer Morgen (Deutschland) - Artwork featured in article on The Travelling Art Gallery in Mannheim - 16 July 2018 - View full article
  • 2018 - "SA art travels across Germany" - Staff Writer - Cape Times (South Africa) - Artworks featured in article on The Travelling Art Gallery - 3 August 2018 - View article on Press Reader

public | corporate | private collections

  • Public Collections - Central Bank of Lesotho
  • Corporate Collections - Nedbank Lesotho | Republik Hillcrest Durban
  • Private Collections - South Africa | Lesotho | France | United Kingdom | Germany | Hong Kong | Sweden | Belgium | Canada | Singapore | Namibia | USA

teaching history

  • 2001 - 2012 Private Art Tutor | Children & Adults | Drawing and Painting (charcoal, acrylic, oils) | Ladybrand | South Africa
  • 2008 - 2010 Art Lecturer | Grade 1 - 7 | Saint Gabriel's International School | Ladybrand | South Africa
  • 2013 Private Art Tutor | Grade 5 - 9 | Maseru | Lesotho