Adriaan de Villiers resides in Cape Town. In 2007 he obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

After graduation he won the best sculpture prize in the Sanlam Vuleka Art Competition in 2008.

During 2009 and 2013 he took part in the Thami Mnyele Artist-In-Residence Programme in Amsterdam. In 2012 he attended the Dordtyart residency programme located in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

Since his first residency in 2009 he participated in various group exhibitions within South Africa and abroad. 2011 marks his participation in the ‘Genius without Talent’ group exhibition at de Appel, Amsterdam.

In 2011 he exhibited a solo exhibition at Blank Projects, Cape Town entitled: ‘Enchanted Forest’.



2007 Bachelors Degree: BA in Visual Arts (Fine Art)

University of Stellenbosch


Group Exhibitions (Selected):

2007 Timo Smuts Art Competition, Stellenbosch

2008 Sanlam Vuleka Art Competition, Bellville, South Africa

2010 ‘Young Men at Work’   Gallery SANAA in Utrecht, the Netherlands

2010 ‘The Spirit is not an Idea, Says the Penguin’ Co-op Gallery, Johannesburg

2010 ‘Inverting the Pyramid’ Blank Projects in Cape Town, South Africa

2010 ‘The Minipean Uprising’ Blank Projects, Cape Town

2011 ‘20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation’ CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam

2011 ‘Genius without Talent’ De Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2012 ‘KunstRai’, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2012 ’Next Generation’, Pulchri, the Hague, the Netherlands

2013 ‘New Beginnings’, Art.b Gallery, Bellville, South Africa

2013 ‘Look on the Bright Side’, Galerie SANAA, Utrecht, the Netherlands


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2009 Open Studio, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam

2011 ‘Enchanted Forest’ Blank Projects, Cape Town

2012 Dordtyart Presentation, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

2013 Open Studio, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam



2009 Thami Mnyele Artist-In-Residence Program, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2012 Dordtyart Artist-In-Residence Program, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

2013 Thami Mnyele Artist-In-Residence Program, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Collections (Selected):

2009 Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam

2012 MM Karton, Vienna, Austria