Artist Bio:

Gerhardt Coetzee (b. 1983, Pretoria) is a Cape Town based photographer and educator.
He holds a B-Tech degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Photography from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. His work deals with the perpetual relationship between what has been and what will become in the context of South Africa, its landscape and its people.

Amongst his accolades Coetzee has received two Sony Profoto Silver awards and two Sony Profoto Gold Awards for his Openspaces series. He was selected as an emerging creative at the Design Indaba Expo in 2009. He has received a merit award for the Sasol New Signatures competition in 2011, and his work is now part of the Sasol Permanent collection. Coetzee was also one of the ten finalists in the ABSA L’Atelier competition in 2011.

Exhibitions:

2008, ABSA L’Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2008, Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.
2008, Profoto Winners, Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2008, Reflex, Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
2009, Profoto Winners, Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2009, Graduate Exhibition, Ron Belling Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
2009, Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.
2009, ABSA L’Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010, Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa. (merit award)
2010, ABSA L’Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010, Minor Matters, University of the Freestate, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
2010, Biennial, Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (finalist)
2010, Fixated, EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
2011, Exodus, EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
2011, Lens, Sasol Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2011, NMMU Contemporary, Ron Belling Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
2011, ABSA L’Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. (top ten finalist)
2011, Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.
2012, CMYK Speke, Cira Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2014, Post-koloniale Afrika, Prince Vincen Museum, KKNK Arts Festival
(Curated by Dr Paul Bayliss)

Awards & Bursaries:

2007, Kodak Best Portfolio Award.
2008, Photo Imaging Education Association, Honorable Mention Award.
2008, Nikon Portrait Competition Winner.
2009, Sony Profoto Gold Award Winner.
2009, Nelson Mandela University Merit Award for the student in the Visual Arts.
2009, Emerging Creative at the Design Indaba Expo.
2010, One Small Seed Selected Creative.
2010, Sony Profoto Silver Award Winner.
2010, Golden Key Society Award.
2010, Sasol New Signature Merit Award.
2010, Nelson Mandela Bay Art Museum Biennial Award Finalist.
2010, Elle New Talent Finalist.
2011, ABSA L’Atelier Top Ten Finalist.

Publications & Articles:

2008, REFLEX, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2008, Itch. Bell Roberts Publishers, Contributor.
2008, Sasol New Signatures, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2008, ABSA L’Atelier, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2009, Leading Architecture Magazine.
2010, Minor Matter, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2010, One Small Seed, Featured Photographer.
2010, Elle Magazine South Africa, Featured Photographer.
2010, The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa – Creative Showcase, Featured Photographer.
2010, Sasol New Signatures, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2010, ABSA L’Atelier, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2010, Design>Art, Featured Artist.
2011, African Digital Art, Featured Photographer.
2011, Coup Magazine, Featured Photographer.
2011, ABSA L’Atelier, Group Exhibition Catalogue.
2011, Sasol New Signatures, Group Exhibition Catalogue.

Curated:

2010, Fixated, EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
2011, Exodus, EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Collections:

Sasol Permanent Collection.