Artist Statement

My journey as a full-time fine art photographer began when I received merit awards for both pieces exhibited at the Joseph Miller Gallery in Gainesville, USA, in 2014 and 2015.

Between 2013 – 2015, I had three solo exhibitions in Milan and exhibited twice at the Affordable Art Fair of Milan. One of my photographs was featured at the Louvre Museum in 2015, and I participated in a group exhibition in Rome.

These exhibitions opened doors for me in the South African arts community. The result is exhibitions at the NWU Botanical Garden Gallery and participation in the Aardklop Art Festival in 2016. I also participated in the Sasol New Signatures exhibitions in 2017 and 2019.

I am drawn to subject matter that carries a meditative quality and consider my limited edition prints as free visceral verse written in colour and tone. With these contemporary art pieces, I communicate my experience that there is more than one side to every story.

My process is intuitive, and the artistic expression with which I approach photography is to spark a continuing dialogue between the artwork and the viewer. My work steers away from the stereotypical image capture as I seek to push the boundaries of photography both in-camera and in my editing processes.

Upon request, I create commissioned one-off artworks, giving you the freedom to choose subject matter, colour, style, and dimension.

I also have original limited edition prints that are signed and numbered by me and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Contact me to schedule a consultation.

— Kleoniki Vanos



Recent Work