b. 1989, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Marlene Steyn obtained her Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. In 2018 Steyn participated in a two-month collaborative residency with Kay 16 and Artport Residency in Tel Aviv, Israel. The residency culminated in an exhibition produced with the support of Kay 16 – Community Gallery for Contemporary Art; Ministry of Culture Israel; Mifal HaPais; Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts; ArtPort; Beit Benyamini Ceramics Centre; and Maccabee Beer. She has been selected to take part in the Sundaymorning@ekwc in Oisterwijk, Netherlands in 2020.
In 2020, Steyn’s work was included in Lychee One’s group presentation at London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in London, UK; SMAC Gallery’s group presentation at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa; and a Show of Solidarity at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work is currently included in two group exhibitions; Staycation at Lychee One in London, UK; and ‘L’Heure Bleue’ at PLUS-ONE Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium.
2019 group exhibitions include: Galerie DYS’ presentation at Luxembourg Art Week in Luxembourg; African Textures at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy; and arteBOTANICA in collaboration with Viviers Studio at the Nirox Sculpture Park in Krugersdorp, South Africa; as well as a collaborative project with Viviers Studios to present OR/BITING AURABOROS, a performative installation as part of VIVIER’s SS2020 showcase of her latest collection. In 2019, Steyn presented two solo exhibitions; deep she dive her at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and Unbuttoning my belly, at Lychee One in London, UK. and recently collaborated with Lezanne Viviers, fashion designer and founder of VIVIERS to present OR/BITING AURABOROS, a performative installation as part of VIVIER’s SS2020 showcase of her latest collection. She will be included in a three-person exhibition, alongside Jeanne Gaigher and Kresiah Mukwazhi, at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy later this year. Steyn will also be featured at Luxembourg Art Week in Luxembourg as part of Galerie DYS’ presentation. Steyn will present her new body of work in a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town later this year.