•   Peter van Straten

Peter van Straten (SA '72)

Many believe they never dream. Some believe dreams never come true. I believe dreams are the metaphors of possible reality. Of magical, mystery imaginations never shown. Images I can dream, so create.

Peter van Straten


'Inspiration Thoughts'

Statement Peter:  https://vimeo.com/322734780

Van Straten, born 1972 Johannesburg, was, at graduation honored with the prestigious Sanlam Student Award. He is exclusively represented in the Benelux by The Obsession of Art.







Bio Peter van Straten

Johannesburg, South Africa

Curriculum Vitae:

     2017          Heironymus Bosch Tribute Exhibition at the 2017 Woordfees Stellenbosch, (ZA)
                      Solo Exhibition The Obsession of Art Bergen NL
                      Collaboration on a book with Stef Bos.

    2015       “Contemporary Masters of Art” exhibition, The Obsession of Art Gallery,   Bergen,  Holland.

             “Kunstenaar as Outeur” group exhibition: Klein Karoo Kunstefees

            Group exhibition with Bown Boshier: Cape Gallery

            “Equus” Group exhibition: Cavali Estate, Stellenbosch

            “BYOID”Group exhibition, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna

            “Woordfees” Group exhibition: D Street Gallery, Stellenbosch


Group exhibition: Grande Provence Estate, Franschoek

Group exhibition: Groot Constantia wine estate, Cape Town

“Re-phrase/de-code” group exhibition: D Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

“Ressessie” Group exhibition: Klein Karoo Kunstefees

“Magicus” Group exhibition: D Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

Group exhibition, Cavali Estate


2013     Summer show group exhibition: Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

            Group exhibition: D street Gallery

Short story “Ventriloquist Voice” adapted for theatre by Callum Tilbury, and performed at The Little Theatre, UCT


2012     Solo exhibition: “An invitation from the depths,” Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town.

Registration of The Peter van Straten Art Foundation.

Group show: “Wild life – subtle connections”, Cape Gallery, Cape Town.

            Group show: “Winter exhibition,” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

            Group show: “Other Worlds” Intoto Gallery, Johannesburg.

            Solo Show: “Encounters at the edge” Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna.


2011     Finalist exhibition – Sovereign Art Award Africa 2011, Joburg Art Fair

18th Solo Exhibition ”The man on the street”: Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

Group show: Art in mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London.         

Group show: ‘15’ Everard Read Gallery


2010     Group show: “Threshold” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

Commissioned to draw five landscapes on the walls of the Da Vinci Hotel,           Sandton, Johannesburg.          


2009     Group show: “Sex Power Money” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

            Group show: “The City” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.


2008     Solo Ehibition – “The silence and the bell” – Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

                        “HIV Positive” Exhibition.  –Sun City

Group Exhibition – “Beyond Matter” – Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery, London

Solo Exhibition – “The Bends” – Knysna Fine Art Gallery


2007     Solo Exhibition “Mystic Eye” – Investment Art Gallery – Cape Town

Solo Exhibition – “Luminous mysteries” David Brown Fine Art – Johannesburg.

Magazine feature: Habitat Magazine (November/December issue)


2006     Opening group show: “David Brown Fine Art” Johannesburg.


            2005     Contributer to “The Creative Block,” Hollard insurance, Johannesburg.

                        Interviewed for “Kuns Kafee” SABC3.


2004     Group show: “Ten” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, celebrating ten years of democracy, as part of the Cape Town Festival.


2003     Contributes drawings to “Fooding about with  Topsi”- an artists’ recipe  book by renowned chef  Topsi  Venter.

13th Solo Exhibition – Knysna Fine Art - Knysna

Included in “The Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa”


            2002     12th Solo Exhibition - Knysna Fine Art - Knysna


2001     Launches satirical newspaper  “The Observer”

            Solo Exhibition  at “Namaste” as        Part of  the

             “Walking the Street” Festival - Observatory

Featured on first Episode of  “Innertainment” – SABC
Featured as first “artist of the week” at launch of Global Arts Information

            Featured artist in first publication of “AHUM” magazine.

            Short stories included in “Urban One,” published by Spearhead.


2000     Group Exhibition"Artists From the Cape"     - Old Arts Gallery,

            University of Pretoria

            Artichoke - "Catharsis"  Exhibition  - Johannesburg

            Commissioned to produce a statue of the Virgin

            for the Roman Catholic Church - Kimberley

            Collaborates in “Falling Awake”        with the

            Heel Arts Collective for the

            One City Many Cultures Festival- Cape Town

            Solo Exhibition - Third I Gallery 


1999     Solo Exhibition  -  Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg             

            Group Exhibition-Lightworker's Conference  -   New York City    

            Solo Exhibition "Clouds"-   Amani Wine farm, Stellenbosch

            Solo Exhibition "To hell with Reality"     -   Intecaf, Observatory

            Group Exhibition -  Peter Visser Antiques    


1998    Group Exhibition -  Peter Visser Gallery, Cape Town

            Solo Exhibition -  Chalk Farm Gallery, London     


1997   Solo Exhibition- Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg

Two paintings commissioned for the home of Mr. Mac Maharaj


1996     Solo Exhibition of "Ad-verts" at Primart, Claremont


1993     Solo Exhibition  - Mellville Visual Arts Foundation, Mellville


1989     Matriculates from South African College Schools with full academic colours  Awarded Sanlam Student Art Award