b. 1993, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Gabrielle Kruger was born in 1993 in Cape Town, where she currently lives and works. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015, she went on to be awarded her Masters in Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2018. That same year, Kruger was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the 33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition and participated in the collective exhibition at Agora Gallery, New York City, USA. In 2019, Kruger was the Artist-in-Residence at the Nirox Sculpture Park at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg, South Africa, culminating in a collaborative project between Kruger, The National School of the Arts and Nirox Foundation to present a ‘Painting Performance’ titled An African Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Solo exhibitions include; For Paint to Dry at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Overgrowth at Marta Moriarty Art Window in Madrid, Spain in 2019; a solo exhibition as part of the Selected Graduates Section at Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as her Masters Graduate exhibition Undergrounding Landscapes at Michaelis School of Fine Art - University of Cape Town (UCT) in Cape Town, all in 2018.
Group exhibitions include: Matereality at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town; Shaping Things: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch; A Show of Solidarity at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, all in 2020; Unresolved Categories at Gallery MOMO in Cape Town, and The Female Line, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town both in 2019; Intersection, along with Gabriel Tendai and Neo Matloga at Tyburn Gallery in London, UK; SS17 at Gallery MOMO in Cape Town, South Africa; What do Painters Do All Day at Banele Khoza Studio in Johannesburg and Garden Smoothie, a collaborative exhibition with Marlene Steyn at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, all in 2018; Growing Gatherings, a two-person exhibition with Kevin Frankental at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town and Naturalis | Neo Exhibition at Neo Venue Space in Bainskloof Pass, Wellington, both in 2017.
Kruger has since presented numerous ‘Painting Performance’s’ including Gucci Garden of Eden,curated by Elana Brundyn and Louw Kotze, performed by Students of the Cape Town Academy at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa as well as arteBOTANICA, curated by Manthe Ribane and performed by students of The National School of the Arts at Nirox Sculpture Park in Johannesburg, South Africa all in 2019.