Thelma was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1969. She has studied and travelled extensively. She always had an interest in art, but did not pursue it as a career until 2004. She has a B.A Honours degree in Physical education and Psychology. In 2004 she decided to study art full time and received her B.Tech degree in Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology in 2007. In 2016 she completed a Masters of Arts degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria titled, Uneasy bodies, femininity and death: Representing the female corpse in fashion photography and selected contemporary artworks.
Since graduating, she has participated in eight solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout South Africa. Her work has featured in prestigious competitions such as Sasol New Signatures, Thami Mnyele Fine Arts awards and the Sanlam Vuleka Arts competition. She also attended three artist residencies in Berlin and Mexico from 2015 to 2018.
She is constantly evolving in her art practice with expertise in painting, drawing, mixed media and print making. Her focus has been on the female form as related to Julia Kristeva’s concept of abjection which translates roughly as the leaking, bleeding grotesque female body. This focus in her work serves as an attempt to subvert the often depicted idealised female body of popular media such as fashion magazines and popular culture.
October 2020: Solo exhibition: Trauma traces II. Art Box Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Exhibition of handmade paper and thread artworks as well as mixed media drawings and paintings on paper.
2015: Finalist in the For the love of art competition, Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
2014: Finalist in the For the love of art competition, Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
2011: 2nd COLLAGE Annual Competition-Online Exhibition –Awarded Diploma of Excellence
2011: Finalist in Thami Mnjele Fine Art Awards- Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa
2010: Finalist in Thami Mnjele Fine Art Awards- Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa
2009: Finalist in Ekhurhuleni competition, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South-Africa.
2009: Finalist in Sanlam Vuleka Fine Art competition, Cape Town
2007: Finalist in Sasol New Signatures Art competition, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
August 2015: Transart Institute, Summer Intensive: Ufer Studios, Berlin
August 2017: Transart Institute, Summer Intensive: Ufer Studios, Berlin.
January 2018: Transart Institute, Winter Residency: Soma, Mexico City.
Publication in A Look away Magazine May 2010.
“International Contemporary Artists Volume 1”, by I.C.A Publishing 2011.
“International Contemporary Masters Volume 5”, 2011 by World Wide Art Books.
Publication in “International Dictionary of Artist 2011” by World Wide Art books.
Selected for “Selected Creative’s “for One Small Seed magazine issue 22, 2011.
Publication in Art Now Books- “RE-IMAGINE, new contemporary art” 2011.
Publication in “The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secret and passions of a 100 Artists revealed,
2012. Artwork featured by Thelma van Rensburg “Starry Eyes”, by North Light books.
Publication in Important World Artists Volume 1. World Wide Art Books.
Publication in South Africa: 10 x 12 @ SA - Imago Mundi, Contemporary Artists from South Africa, Luciano Benetton Collection, 2013.
Publication in Remugle n°1 - LA PEAU, 2017.
Art House co-op Limited Edition Sketchbook Project, 2012.
Art House co-op Limited edition sketchbook Project, 2013. Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, 2013.
Saadjies small sculpture initiative, Pretoria, 2016.