Ruann Coleman

b. 1988, Johannesburg
Lives and works in Cape Town

Ruann Coleman’s artistic practice is based on play, impromptu juxtapositions, experiment, chance and the serendipity of random accident. Mostly free-standing, un-monumental, process-related and at times, in formation, his sculptures combine and amalgamate organic and inorganic found materials such as wood, metal, tape or glass, establishing a rapport with an array of post-minimal practices. Conceptually, his work pivots around the materials of his found objects, their weight, scale, form and balance.


Ruann Coleman was born in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained a Masters of Fine Art in 2014 from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, prior to which he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, from the same institution in 2012.

Coleman presented his first solo exhibition, titled; Balancing Act, at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2014. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, Italy, which culminated in his debut international solo exhibition titled Found: Rome. His work was included in OUT OF CONTEXT at the UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg in 2015 as well as The Space Between Maps at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016. He presented a solo exhibition, titled Ulterior as a special project at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair and he was selected to take part in the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (CSAV) – Artists Research Laboratory at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy in July 2016.

Between residencies Ruann Coleman continues to live and work in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. His works are included in the Spier Art Collection, South Africa ; the MAAM Art Museum’s Collection in Rome, Italy and the Centro Luigi di Sarro’s Collection in Rome, Italy.


Ruann Coleman participated in WORK/PLAY, a group show curated by Layla Leiman – the current recipient of the Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award –  at Candice Berman Fine Art in Johannesburg from 7 – 12 June 2017. He also participated in From the Horse’s Mouth, an exhibition hosted by EBONY/CURATED during March 2017.