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b. 1989, Cape Town, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.


Marlene Steyn was born in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. Steyn obtained her Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Her work is included in Phaidon’s prestigious Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art publication in 2017. In 2023, Steyn will participate in NON-PLACES, a group exhbition curated by Ting Lizhang at the Powerlong Art Centre in Shanghai, China, as well as X PINK 101 at the X Museum’s new location in Beijing.

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. Earlier solo exhibitions include: Shouty Insides at Galerie DYS in Brussels, Belgium (2018); Knot I : I Knot at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa (2017); Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; and You Can’t Cry When Your Head is Underwater at Lychee One, London, both in 2016; Mad Love at Lychee One in London; as well as The End is Located Underneath Her Third Armpit (if the muscle is flexed) at Commune 1 in Cape Town, South Africa, both in 2015; and How Cannibals Cuddle at Cabin Gallery in London, UK (2014)

In 2022, Steyn participated in a Body and Thrall, a group exhibition taking place at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum in Rugby, UK, as well as a solo exhinition, YOU-ME-VERSE, at Lychee One in London, UK. Other recent group exhibitions include: A Show of Solidarity, in support of the South African Solidarity Fund during an enforced Covid-19 lockdown, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; Staycation at Lychee One in London, UK; ‘L’Heure Bleue’ at PLUS-ONE Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium; and SHAPING THINGS: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, all in 2020; African Textures at OSART Gallery in Milan, Italy; and arteBOTANICAin collaboration with Viviers Studio at the Nirox Sculpture Park in Krugersdorp, South Africa, both in 2019; Paper Cuts, at the Saatchi Gallery in London UK; Bone Memory at Lychee One in London, UK and Kneadingthetorsomakesabuzz, curated by Karni Barzilay at KAV 16 Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel, all in 2018; Another Antipodes Inc at PS Art Space in Fremantle, Australia; and All Things Being Equal at the ZeitzMuseum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa, both in 2017.

Steyn has participated in numerous art fairs including a solo presentation at Miart in Milan in 2018, as well as group presentations at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK; the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa; (2020), (2022) and FNB Art Joburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (2019), (2022).

In 2023, Steyn will present a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town.


Artist Room
28.08.20 – 03.10.20 | Cape Town

Marlene Steyn
deep she dive her
26.10.19 – 07.12.19 | Cape Town

Garden Smoothie
22.11.18 – 23.02.19 | Stellenbosch

Knot I : I Knot
14.10.17 – 11.11.17 | Johannesburg

Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place
06.08.16 – 10.09.16 | Cape Town

Home Bodies
26.10.23 - 26.11.23 | Stellenbosch

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