Morné Visagie (b. 1989) is a South African artist, printmaker and curator who lives and works in Cape Town.

He is represented by What If The World Gallery (South Africa) and Nuweland Gallery (The Netherlands).

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Anke Bergsma
In 2019 Visagie obtained his Masters in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of  Cape Town. Prior to this he trained as a professional printmaker at Warren Editions, a fine art print studio. Visagie is the co-founder of Art Gazette, an alternative online art platform for curating international collections of art, and the curator for OPEN24HRS, a non-commercial gallery space in Cape Town. 

The first years of his life (1989 - 1995) were spent on Robben Island, South Africa. While it was a safe place for children to wander freely, a suburban idyll of sorts, it was a prison to many of its residents.  Apartheid South Africa, however, was coming undone - soon prisoners would leave and so too would the children. The year 1994 was the start of new beginnings on the mainland: for the warders and their families who lived on the Island; and for the many political prisoners who had been exiled there.

“I do not recall when I first realised the historical weight that my childhood island carried, and the fate it promised for many people who were banished there. Innocent family photos of birthday parties and days spent by the swimming pool are haunted by the realities of the time. The enormity of the Island’s violent past exists alongside my personal relationship to that burdened space; it is the unspoken presence in much of my work as in my memories.”

The Atlantic Ocean that separated Visagie from the mainland became a recurring metaphor in his imagination, and for the past decade, the colour blue has been the primary medium in his work; a personal symbol of death, loss, nostalgia, memory, religion, sexuality, exile and distance.

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 The Last Colour to Fade (WITW/KRONE Gallery, Tulbagh, SA)
2018 Die Bloue Wis (Nuweland Gallery, Oosterzee-Buren, NL)
2018 Fovntain (Smith Gallery, Cape Town, SA)
2016 There are Gold Flecks in the Lapis (What If The World Gallery, Cape Town, SA)
2015 The Line of Beauty (What If The World Gallery, Cape Town, SA)
2014 Derek Jarman, 1994 (Brundyn+ Gallery, Cape Town, SA)
2013 Far from the sea, perhaps... (What If The World Gallery, Cape Town, SA)
2011 Tryst (Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, SA)

Group Exhibitions & Art Fairs:

2021 AKAA Fair Paris (Nuweland Gallery, Paris, FR)
2021 1:54 London (Nuweland Gallery, London, UK)
2021 BIG ART (Nuweland Gallery, Amsterdam, NL)
2021 Volta Basel (Nuweland Gallery, Basel, Switzerland)
2021 Art Rotterdam (Nuweland Gallery, Rotterdam, NL)
2021 1:54 New York (Nuweland Gallery, Online)
2020 PEEP SHOW (HOICK, Online)
2020 AKAA Fair Paris (Nuweland Gallery, Online)
2020 BIG ART (Nuweland Gallery, Amsterdam, NL)
2020 1:54 New York (Nuweland Gallery, Online)
2020 Art Rotterdam (Nuweland Gallery, Rotterdam, NL)
2019 AKAA Fair Paris (Nuweland Gallery, Paris, FR)
2019 Re-Imagined Realities (Open24hrs, Cape Town, SA)
2016 A New Wave (Southern Guild, Cape Town, SA)
2015 Rhinos Are Coming (Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, SA)
2015 Concerted Efforts (West Space, Melbourne, AUS)
2013 Positive Tension (What If The World Gallery, Cape Town, SA)
2012 Context (Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, SA)
2012 Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality (What If The World Gallery, Cape Town, SA)