tableau vivant (often shortened to tableau, plural: tableaux vivants), French for ‘living picture’, is a static scene containing one or more actors or models. They are stationary and silent, usually in costume, carefully posed, with props and/or scenery, and may be theatrically lit. It thus combines aspects of theatre and the visual arts.
Educational Qualifications and Training:
1990-1993 BA(FA) major in painting at The University of Pretoria
2000 Bronze casting course at Bloemfontein technikon
2002 Web Authering short course Hirt and Carter training centre – Applications covered: Macromedia Dreamweaver 4, Macromedia Flash 5, Adobe Photoshop 6, HTML scripting
Fine art Awards:
1996-Kempton Park/ Thembisa Metropolitan Local Council- 100 best works during the Fine art award Competition
2000- Kempton Park/ Thembisa Metropolitan Local Council- Top 14 during the Fine art award Competition
2013- Top Hundred in SPI Portrait awards Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Durbanville
2014- Runner up for Cover competition, South African Artist Magazine
Telkom Art collection Bloemfontein
1998 | Exhibition State Theatre Vereeniging
1990 – 1995 | Student Group exhibition Pretoria Art Gallery; Curator: Andre Naude
1993 | Final Year exhibition, Art Association, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria
1996 | Open Window Contemporary art Gallery: Pretoria Group exhibition ‘ New Figurations’ Curator: Jeanette Engelbrecht
1997 |Group exhibition: 50 Artists, Pretoria Art museum- Cafe Palette; Curator: Hanneke Benade
1998 | National Post Graduate exhibition, Durban
1993 – 1995 | New Signatures exhibition- 100 Best works from Gauteng region, Pretoria art museum, Centurion art Gallery Pretoria, Sandton civic Gallery, Curated: National Association of the Arts
1998 | 24 Hour artist’s collaboration workshop with a group exhibition Curator: French Institute for Contemporary art, Newtown, Johannesburg
1995 – 1998 | ABSA Atelier Competition: Gauteng and Free State Region, 100 best works Nationally – Curated: South-African National Association for the Visual Arts
1996 & 2000 | Kempton Park/ Thembisa art competition, Gauteng region, Qualified: 100 best works, Top 14 – Curator; Micha Birch
1999 | Group Exhibition Free State artists, Steggmann Gallery Bloemfontein ; Group exhibition:’ Post Cards from the Edge’ Axiss Gallery , New York
2000 | Group exhibition Technikon Free state Lecturers, ‘Urine Monster”, Steggmann Gallery Bloemfontein
2001 | Group Exhibition Free State artists, Oliewenhuis art gallery – Curator; Sharon Crampton
2000 – 2001 | Annual Christmas exhibition: Oliewenhuis art Gallery, Bloemfontein, Curator: Sharon Crampton
2004 | Group Exhibition, Local artists, Laerskool HM Swart, Bethal
2005 | Group exhibition, Local artist’s, Blue gum Lodge , Bethal
2006 | Works exhibited at KKNK, Oudtshoorn Art Agent: Dawid Ras
2007 | Group exhibition: ” The Gaze” PUC University Gallery – Curator: Christina Naurattel
2009 | Group exhibition: “Origin” Upstairs @Bamboo Johannesburg – Curator: Carol Lee
2010 | Group exhibition: “Spectrum” Upstairs@Bamboo Johannesburg
2014 | June Rust-en-Vrede Art gallery, Durbanville, Western Cape – Curator: Monica Ross
Christa Myburgh studied fine art at the University of Pretoria.
My favorite subject was life figure drawing with Carl Jeppe and ever since I have been fascinated with the representation of the human form in art. Therefor there is no wonder that I took up a position as Lecturer in life figure drawing at the University of Technology in Bloemfontein.
I participated in numerous group exhibitions and My work is part of the Telkom permanent exhibition, I also received a few rewards for example I was awarded runner up for the south African magazine cover competition. I continue working on a figurative theme during my stay on the country side of Mpumalanga whereby I use local African ladies working in stores in Bethal as subject matter. I became very good friends with them.
During that time there was a monument erected for apartheids activist Nokothula Semilane whos remains where never found.
I often included sketches of Nokuthula Semilane in combination with my friends portraits. Andile whom I used very often as subject matter was killed by her boyfriend. I often listen to their stories and their dreams and aspirations. It is so unfortunate that Andile’s dreams never came true. I on the other hand had the opportunity to move to Cape Town where I currently teach art at the German International school . My subject matter changed due to the fact that we relocated. I started of as a teacher in Mitchells plain. During that time a French drama group visited the school .they performed a silent play telling the story of parents looking for their child only to discover that their child has died. A silent play is also called a tableau vivant.
It was during this time that one of my students were brutally murdered over a weekend for his bicycle.
I am a single mother of two children. Their dependency on me and my responsibility towards them became a crucial fact in my existence. As I continue my journey residing in Cape Town I get to meet numerous mothers solemnly caring for their children. My artworks are stories reflecting on our life in Cape Town. They are tableau vivant reflecting my family as human beings, vulnerably exposed.