(1981 – )

Bastiaan van Stenis

van Stenis’ paintings are expressed using a diverse range of tools and mediums including paint, cloth, encaustic wax, hair, glues, and collage. His other projects include taxidermy and sculpture. van Stenis states, “What drives me is the process, the creating and the creation itself is just another stop on the way”.

His art is captivatingly unique.  His style commands the viewer’s attention, and his subject matter absorbs their interest.  The figures that are presented both explode from and dissolve into the creamy peach oranges, mint greens and Naples yellows that have become a central part of his style.

The serenity of these backgrounds contrasts with the figures and scenarios that are depicted upon them.  van Stenis’ art, inspired by the surroundings within which he exists, is saturated with layers of mixed media.  The use of alternative mediums in the works themselves takes the idea that we are a conglomeration of the influences that define us further.  The masterful manner through which he weaves his mediums together becomes significant; it represents the stitching together of the self in a dreamlike portrayal of reality.  The worlds that van Stenis creates develop with time – small details move to the fore in the viewer’s appreciation of the work.

The childlike brutality of the works evokes a deeply personal understanding of the works for the viewer.  They become a personal narrative of growing up and surviving as individuals in the complexities of social codes, expectations, and definitions of being.  van Stenis challenges this as he depicts seemingly mundane moments with a feeling of simultaneously imploding and exploding – we become what we gather and experience.  We carry memories like marks that define us.  We collect emotions, and they shape our form.  Our permanence is found in the smears that share our chosen identities.  We embrace the classicism of artistry, the modernity of texture, the protest of neo-expressionism, and the possibility of more in this style that lies beyond definition.


Born in South Africa in 1981, van Stenis, of half Dutch, half South African lineage, grew up in Cape Town. Remarkably, he is a descendant of the renowned and celebrated 19th-century English painter John Thomas Baines.

van Stenis is primarily a self-taught artist, but at a young age, he received private art tutoring and guidance.  After his schooling in 2000, he began to fully dedicate himself to painting and commenced exhibiting his work, an endeavour that he continues to this day. van Stenis currently works and resides in the Cape.



Optimal Vibration, Group Exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg

Sunny Side Up, Group exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa


Group Exhibition – “Summer Salon”, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg

New Day, Group exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa


Group Exhibition – Graham Modern & Contemporary, Johannesburg


Group Exhibition – Graham Modern & Contemporary, Johannesburg


Solo Exhibition – “Wake You Gently Singing”  Worldart Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


Duo Exhibition – with Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Dawid Ras Gallery, Pretoria 


Solo Exhibition – “Night time is the right time” with Kunskantoor Gallery at Rust en Vrede Gallery


Solo Exhibition – “The Last Time”, Nuweland Gallery, Buren Netherlands


Group Exhibition – FynArts Hermanus and Kunskantoor Gallery, Hermanus


Solo Exhibition – “If there is Something”, Worldart, Cape Town, South Africa


Group exhibition – FynArts, Hermanus, South Africa


Solo exhibition – “Rogue”, FynArts, Hermanus, South Africa


Solo Exhibition – “Oostloor Art and Objects”, Prinsengragt, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Solo Exhibition – Dejavu Art Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands


Studio Exhibition – Dusseldorf, Germany


Studio Exhibition – combination of work by Bastiaan Van Stenis and Gerard Cloete


Solo Exhibition – Groot Constantia, Cape Town


Solo Exhibition – “Godog” Rossouw Modern Art Gallery, Groot Constantia, Cape Town


Group show – Gerard Cloete Gallery, Cape Town


Group Exhibition – Hout Bay Gallery, Cape Town


Solo Exhibition – “Go Figure”, Gerard Cloete Gallery, Cape Town


Solo Exhibition – “Red”, The Gallery, Cape Town


Group Exhibition – Veo Gallery, Cape Town


Solo Exhibition – “Figurescaping”, Veo Gallery, Cape Town


Solo Exhibition – “Go”, Veo Gallery ,Cape  Town

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