Nicky Marais


Namibian artist Nicky Marais uses a vocabulary of abstract forms and colour relationships that originate primarily from the Namibian landscape, and the socio-political history of the Namibian people.

Through the layered use of flattened symbolic images, she transforms the patterns inherent in natural landforms, pathways, rural and urban settlements, traditional and contemporary artefacts, into new compositions. Much of the inspiration for these artworks comes from ancient rock paintings and petroglyphs of the Namib desert, which describe and depict the relationships between people and their spirit worlds, and pathways between those groups, animals and water.


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Exhibitions, Awards & Collections

Marais has exhibited in Namibia, South Africa and internationally.  She is currently the Head of Department of Visual Arts at the College of the Arts, where she has been at the forefront of securing accreditation for the College as well as writing course materials and sitting on the Curriculum Development Committee.  She is also the founder of V-AN (Visual Artists Namibia).


Selected solo and group exhibitions

2017 –   Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Windhoek, Namibia

2017 –   Solo Show “Presence in Absence”, National Art Gallery of Namibia Windhoek, Namibia

2016 –   Guns & Rain Stand, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016 –   “Art of a New Generation” Museum Würth Germany

2016 –  “Conversations” National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2016 –   Visual Artists Namibia  Exhibition, Omaruru Artists’ Trail, Namibia

2015 –   “Body&Soul” Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund, Namibia

2015 –   “B2Gold”,  B2Gold, Otiwarongo, Namibia

2015 –   “Art Inside”, National Gallery of Namibia,  Windhoek, Namibia

2014 –   Solo Show, “New Work”, Omba Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

2014 –   “Art Inside” National Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2013 –   “Synergies: Remixing Locality” with Andries Fourie and Mikko Ijas in Nairobi, Kenya

2014 –   “Land Matters in Art”, Juried Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Namibia

2014 –   “Divergent Strategies” Bush Barn Art Centre, Salem, Oregon, USA

2014 –   “Gender-Based Violence”, National Art Gallery of Namibia

2011 –   Namibia Celebration, 21 Years of Independence, Berlin, Germany

2010 –   Solo Show, “Face of Africa” Art Salon Gallery, Gross-Sieghardts, Austria

2010 –   “Dry Amigos & ICE” with Mikko Ijas and Andries Fourie, Windhoek, Namibia

2009 –   “Rock & Roll” with Sharon Gorelick, Omba Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

2009 –   “6 Namibian Artists”, GTZ Head quarters, Eschborn, Germany

 2009 –   Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop  Exhibition, Windhoek, Namibia

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