Peter Van Straten

1972 Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Solo Exhibition - The Bends - Knysna Fine Art


  • Opening group show: "These Four Walls" Cape Town.
  • Painting for "The Coke side of life," project, Amalgamated Beverages, Johannesburg.
  • Two paintings Included in "Laugh It Off Annual" #3 - "Humourology."
  • Solo Exhibition "Mystic Eye" - Investment Art - Cape Town
  • 14th Solo Exhibition - "Luminous mysteries" David Brown Fine Art - Johannesburg.
  • Magazine feature: Habitat Magazine (November/December issue)


  • "Portrait of an African" for Portrait Exhibition, AVA, Cape Town.
  • Three commissions for Scholtz residence, Cape Town
  • Opening group show: David Brown Fine Art, Johannesburg.


  • Contributes a further eight fire-paintings to "The Creative Block."
  • Interviewed for "Kuns Kafee" SABC3.
  • Attempts, and manages, 17 seconds of absolute mental silence.
  • 5 Commissions for private collections.
  • Successfully channeled the Entity Frikkie Swanepoel.


  • Participates in the Group show "Ten" at the Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, celebrating ten years of democracy, as part of the Cape Town Festival.
  • 8 "Oil and Fire" paintings for the "Creative Block" project - Hollard Private Insurance, Johannesburg.
  • Statue commissioned in the interest of providing a spiritual focal-point for atheists.
  • Chops wood, carries water.


  • Contributes drawings to "Fooding about with Topsi"- an artists' recipe book by renowned chef Topsi Venter.
  • Contributes to "Mindscapes" exhibition, 3rd I Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 13th Solo Exhibition - Knysna Fine Art - Knysna
  • Included in "The Collector's Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa"


  • 12th Solo Exhibition - Knysna Fine Art - Knysna


  • Launches satirical newspaper "The Observer"
  • Appointed as Editor of "The Observer" and Director of its Art Fund.
  • Solo Exhibition at "Namaste" as Part of the "Walking the Street" Festival - Observatory Featured on first Episode of "Innertainment" - SABC Featured as first "artist of the week" at launch of Global Arts Information
  • Featured artist in first publication of "AHUM" magazine.
  • "Tastings" Group Exhibition - Klarity Gallery
  • Interviewed with "Observer" collaborator, Louw Venter, for DS - T.V.
  • "Telling Tales" group exhibition - 3rd I Gallery
  • Solo Exhibition - "Obs Cafe" - Observatory
  • Group exhibtition - Grafiti Gallery - Cape Town
  • Short stories included in "Urban One," published by Spearhead


  • Group Exhibition"Artists From the Cape" - Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria
  • Artichoke - "Catharsis" Exhibition - Johannesburg
  • Commissioned to produce a statue of the Virgin for the Roman Catholic Church - Kimberley
  • Collaborates in "Falling Awake" with the Heel Arts Collective for the One City Many Cultures Festival- Cape Town
  • Solo Exhibition - Third I Gallery


  • Solo Exhibition - Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg Exhibited at the 1999
  • Lightworker's Conference - New York City
  • Solo Exhibition "Clouds"- Amani Wine farm, Stellenbosch
  • Solo Exhibition "To hell with Reality" - Intecaf, Observatory
  • Group Exhibition - Arts Association Bellville
  • Goes for a Brain Scan - Claremont Medi-clinic
  • Group Exhibition "year 2000" - Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg
  • Exhibition of Whale Paintings - Grobellaar Hall, Hermanus - Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Forms new band "Psycho-Pop"
  • Group Exhibition - Peter Visser Antiques

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