Maritha van Amerom
Maritha van Amerom is a South African born artist with European roots. Her earliest memories as young artist transport her back to her German Grandmother, a Fine Art Graduate from the University of Graz, Austria. Apart from input from numerous well-known artist throughout her career, her Grandmother’s passion for art can still be singled out as one of the biggest influences in her art career.
Maritha has a Master’s degree in Psychology and she practised as Psychologist for many years. After enrolling as art student for three years, she made a dramatic career change and started working as full-time artist in 2009.
Her fascination with the human body, its form, shape, reaction to elements like gravity or age in the basis from which she works. The most intriguing is the underlying, often invisible emotion inside that body, which translates and becomes alive through hands, posture, eyes and movement. Often the challenge lies in the ability to see the emotional and the imperceptible and to give it form, life and a sense of tangibility.
Maritha van Amerom has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout South Africa and her work forms part of collections world wide, including Australia, New Zealand , Dubai, Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland. Maritha has been a finalist in the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards (2014) ans SPI Portrait Award 9 (top 150,2015). She has also been selected as one of the Gold list Top 60 emerging international artists of today.