Robyn Denny

South African artist, Robyn Denny, since the early 1990's, has been migrating intensively and extensively through several mediums: painting & drawing; videography; curating, and narrative film-making. At Michaelis School of Fine Art she majored in painting and received an Irma Stern Scholarship to do Honours in the History of Art. Following this, Denny attained a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College in London, where she graduated as a Video Artist at the turn of the millennium.

Next came the internationally displayed and critically renowned group show, JUNCTURE, of 2001. Denny co-curated JUNCTURE, and created her own video-installation for it - Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

In 2002 Robyn Denny completed a Diploma in Film Making from the New York Film Academy in London. Her graduating film, Web, was a moody black and white meditation on the figure of a solitary artist.

Denny immediately went on to direct Green Mandala in the same year. Her 12-minute short film won official selection to the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and to the Durban International Film Festival. Turning her mind to script writing and development, Denny went on to adapt Nobel Prize winning Australian writer Patrick White's novel, Riders in the Chariot, to a film script, collaborating with Professor Rodney Edgecombe. Denny also co-developed a screenplay of the acclaimed South African Drama Dream of the Dog with its playwright Craig Higginson.

It was in 2005 that Denny returned to her studio, in earnest, to work predominantly with inks. After a series of red ink paintings, Denny ramped up the scale and put on a solo exhibition of large black works: INK PAINTINGS Underground at The Hudson in 2007. Mastery of her preferred paint medium - and pallet - culminated in the predominantly red and black Beasts of Burden (AVA: 2013; Lovell Gallery: 2014).

Denny's current cross-disciplinary collaborative installation: MAMELA (LISTEN…) harnesses a multisensory cacophony from diverse South African artists. While Denny's painting and Mamela Nyamza's dance are fore-grounded, the emotional resonance of MAMELA (LISTEN…) is greater for all the contributing artistic elements.


2002 Diploma in Film Making: The New York Film Academy, London

2000 Master of Arts in Fine Arts: Goldsmiths College, University of London

1997 Honours in History of Art: University of Cape Town (Irma Stern Scholarship)

1994 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts: Michaelis, University of Cape Town


2014 Lovell Gallery, Cape Town

2013 Lovell Gallery, Cape Town

2013 AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2010 Studio Exhibition, Cape Town

2007 Hudson Building, Cape Town

2001 Juncture, Cape Town and London (also co-curated)

2000 Assembly, London

2000 Goldsmiths College, London

1998 Dubrovnik Biennale, Croatia


2014 Leopard Trust Auction, Franschhoek, Western Cape

2013 Garratt, Newlands, Cape Town

2012 Mundy, Bakoven, Cape Town

2008 Creditsmith, Cape Town

2007 Cape Royal, Cape Town

2006 Mundy, Llandudno, Cape Town

1995 Gage, Franschhoek, Western Cape

1995 Otten, Bischopscourt, Cape Town

1991 Ambassador Korth, Washington DC

short films

2002 Green Mandala (Director) Palm Springs and Durban Film Festivals

2002 Web (Director) Graduating film for New York Film Academy


2003 to present (Founder and Trustee) The Ikhwezi Langomso Trust