curriculum vitae

Luan Nel



1993      B.A. Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

Winner of the SASOL New Signatures Competition.

1994      Higher Diploma in education (Postgraduate), University of the Witwatersrand

1998      Artist residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

1999      Research Residency at Dutch Institute, Rome




Sunday Service

Group exhibition by queer artists at GUS (Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch)

Curated by Brett Charles Seiler and Heinrich Groenewald


The Poseidon Adventure: S.O.S

Solo exhibition of painting and installation at Fried Contemporary Gallery in Pretoria



One of the main group exhibitions at Woordfees curated by Alex Hamilton. Luan Nel did an onstallation titled: Koue Front


Cubicle Series

One of four artists participating on this platform that hosts work not always seen on the solo exhibitions. Nel did an onsite intervention titled: SWELL






Solo: Photographic Installation at Toffee Gallery, Darling



Solo Exhibition at the Everard Read/ CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town


Reality Bites

Annual summer exhibition curated by Emma Van Der Merwe, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town


Ephemeral Pleasures

Group Exhibition curated by Aiden Westcott at Moor Gallery, Franschoek



Group exhibition curated by Ella Cronje at DF Contemporary Gallery, Woodstock






Annual Winter exhibition, curated by Charles Shields and Emma Van Der Merwe. Everard Read Cape Town



Curated by Emma Van Der Merwe and Charles Shields. Everard Read Cape Town


Claims of the land

Curated by Matthew Blackman. Association of the Visual Arts. AVA Gallery.

Cape Town


(In) Nature

Curated by Marilyn Martin and Melvyn Minaar. Part of the FynArt festival in Hermanus.




For Mary

A solo exhibition of paintings commemorating the life of his friend and fellow artist Mary Holland. Dawid Ras Gallery, Sandton, Johanneburg


Ik Ben Een Afrikander

Traveling exhibition curated by Teresa Lizamore and in conjunction with Lizamore and associates. Opens at NWJ Gallery, Potchefstroom. 15 March – 10 April

Freedom Park, Pretoria. 16 April – 15 June

Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein. 8 October – 15 November


Slow Violence

Curated by Hentie Van Der Merwe as part of the Slow Violence Conference.

Exhibition at GUS Stellenbosch University Art Gallery



Curated by Johann Dy Plessis and Tonya Lehitan. An exhibition of works on paper. Inaugural exhibition of POP-UP art Gallery. Cheryn, Cape Town


Ancestral Migration

Curated by Aidon Westcott. Russouw Modern. Hermanus.



Collecting Ourselves

Curated by Stephan Erasmus for Absa. Oliewenhuis Museum. Bloemfontein.


Annual Winter exhibition

Curated by Charles Shields and David Trip. Everard Read Cape Town


Re-Imagine Cape Town

1st Exhibition of Cape Town – World Design Capitol. Curated by Chris Koch. Artscape. Cape Town


Annual Summer season exhbition

Curated by Charles Shields and David Trip. Everard Read Cape Town.


2013  Twitter, Solo exhibition at The Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

Black Swan, Group exhibition curated by Dawid Ras, Johannesburg.


2012  SWALLOW two person exhibition with Joachim Schonfeldt at Nirox, Arts on Main, Johannesburg.


2011  Aviary, Solo exhibition at Brundyn+Gonsalves gallery (project space) Cape Town.


2010  Juncture, Three person exhibition with Nigel Mullins and Tanya Poole at Artspace Berlin, Berlin.


2008  Silent Exit, Solo exhibition at AOP gallery, Johannesburg.

Muse, at The Klein Karoo Arts Festival – Oudtshoorn and Brundyn+Gonsalves Gallery – Cape Town.


2006      De Grote Oversteek, at the Stijdelik Museum in Zwolle, the Netherlands, curated by Pauline Berman.

New Redruth revisited, Solo exhibition at the Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg.

Smallville SA, Solo exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban.

Finalist in the ABSA Ateliers competition, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Also selected for the exhibition at the Aardklop Festival in Potchefstroom. Nel was selected as one of the top ten finalists for his work ‘Myerton Holidays’.

Red Cross Children’s Hospital Fund Auction, organised by The Goodman Gallery. Fundraising exhibition and auction.


2005       Hobby Heroes, solo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts gallery, Cape Town

Participated In a group exhibition of past winners of the SASOL New Signatures competition at the Aardklop festival, Potchefstroom.

Participated in the group exhibition Surface at gallery Franchise, curated by Lara Rivera, Johannesburg.


2004      Participated in the inaugural exhibition RED of gallery Mojo Modern, Johannesburg

Participated and exhibited in the Brett Kebble Art awards, Cape Town

Participated in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital fund exhibition and auction facilitated by the Goodman Gallery. It took place in Cape Town.


2003      Still Life, a joint exhibition with Hentie van der Merwe at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

‘Kishiniev a happening’, a project in Amsterdam


2002      Silence/Violence’. A two part exhibition curated by Greg Streak in collaboration with and exhibited at Ibis Art Centre, Nieu-Bethesda in the Groot Karoo and the KZNSA Gallery, Durban, Natal province.

Nieu- Bethesda, Groot Karoo

US Gallery, Stellenbosch

Two-person exhibition of recent work with Joachim Schonfeldt at Art on Paper, Melville, Johannesburg.


2001     8989km Every Timeat the Crown Gallery, Brussels.

‘Kwyt’, sixth solo exhibition at Villa de Bank, Enschede, the Netherlands.

Installation at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees under curatorship of Clive van den Berg.


2000      Tour Guides to the Inner City, curated by Stephen Hobbs for the Urban Futures Project, Johannesburg.

Lost, fourth solo exhibition at the Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg.

SASOL New Signatures Revisited, curated by Clive van den Berg and Theresa Lizmore for the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn.

Lustwarande, Pleasure Garden. Tillburg, The Netherlands. Curated by Mariane Bruwer and Chris Driessen.Onthou en Vergeet’.


1999      Dutch Landscape: The Sea’. Held at The Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. One of the works exhibited was a series of photographs titled ‘Dutch Landscape: The Sea’.

Open Ateliers at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. View on Ilya Rabinovich’s site.

Kisheniev-Johannesburg, Amsterdam.

Sad Songs, curated by Bojan Sersevic, London.

‘Afro Vibes’, fundraising exhibition, Amsterdam.

‘Sailors Delight’, at the Jim Beard Gallery in Amsterdam.

Oos Wes Tuis Bes, at the Oudtshoorn Festival, curated by Mark Coetzee and Liza Hugo, Oudtshoorn.


1998      ‘Open Ateliers’ at the Rijksakademie ven Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. The work featured on this exhibition is a series of 12 drawings titled ‘Milk’, Milk on Paper, 90cm x 120cm each.

‘Milk’, solo project at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.

Lost, solo installation at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.


1997      Taking Stock, curated by Marco Ciafinelli, Luan Nel, Andrea Burgener, and facilitated by the French Institute of South Africa held on the old Trading Floor of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Johannesburg.

‘Lifetimes – An exhibition of South African Art’, curated by Ruth Sacks and Nima Jacobson, part of the ‘Out of Africa’ cultural festival hosted by the Art Bureau of Munich, Germany.

‘A Little Big Show’, curated by Gordon Froud, the Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg.

‘4 Rooms’, curated by Hentie van der Merwe, Carla Dawson, Antoinette Murdoch, Steven Hall and Inayet Motara, at the Civic Gallery Johannesburg.

‘Collecting Ourselves’, Alumni exhibition at the Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg.

‘Cyst  Works in Paint’, curated by Clare Menck and Johann Louw at The Good Hope Gallery of the Castle, Cape Town and Sandton Civic Gallery Johannesburg.

Paper, solo exhibition at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town.

Kempton Park exhibition, Kempton Park.

‘Landscape from South Africa, Four Points of View’, Gallery Art First, Cork Street, London.

Five-ism, curated by Jeanette Engelbrecht at the Open Window Gallery, Pretoria.

‘Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League’, London and Edinburgh.

‘(Number 4)’, exhibition at the Old Fort, Johannesburg.


1996      Centre, held at the Carlton Center, 6th floor parking lot, Johannesburg. This one night exhibition involved the concept of ‘the event’ transforming the city through murals, performances and music.

‘A Little Show of Drawers’, curated by Dianne Victor at the University of Pretoria.

‘Local Colour Shoppers’ guide to Jo’burg’, curated by Karen Harber, Gertrude Posel Gallery.

‘A Happening’, a multi media event involving installations and performance art held at the French Institute, Johannesburg.

‘1 x 10’, the inaugural show of the Hanel Gallery, Cape Town.

‘Twinkle Sea Project’, Cape Town, co-curated the Funk Room and Brian Webber.

Common and Uncommon Ground, S.A. Art to Atlanta (Olympic Games), City Gallery East, Atlanta Georgia, U.S.A.


1995      ‘Unplugged’, curated by Kendell Geers, Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg.

‘Panoramas of Passage’, curated by Clive van den Berg, Meridian International Centre, Washington D.C., in association with WITS‘Gay Rites, Gay Writes, Rewrites’, Maarten Melkhuis Gallery, in association with the Royal Dutch Embassy, Cape Town, Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein, Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg.

‘Volkskas Atelier competition’, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.

‘PG Exhibition’, Newton Gallery, Johannesburg.


1994     Lumps of Metal, first solo exhibition, held at Johannesburg Planetarium, also incorporated a performance piece featuring Joyce Theunissen.

A Moving Experience, the Unitrans exhibition, art in transport, Everard Read Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg.


1993      Murder in them What They Want’, winner SASOL New Signatures art Competition. Nel won the Judges prize for his work ‘Murder in them what they want’. Oil on board, series of five paintings, various sizes none larger than 15cm x 15cm.

Arts Alive Mural Project’, painted three murals on Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.



SASOL Collection

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

University of the Witwatersrand

Sandton Art Gallery

Gauteng Legislature

Johannesburg Art Gallery

BHP Billiton SA

Hollard Collection

ABSA Collection

SABC Collection



Erla Diedericks, Cape Town

Melani and Razvan Macici, Paarl

Mark Kardol, Amsterdam

Anthony Keyworth, Cape Town

Tessa and Ben De Kock, Cape Town

Tina and Barry Schreiber, Cape Town

Johann Louw, Cape Town

Lien Botha, Pringle Bay

Pamela and James Cunningham

Jack Hamburger, Scheviningen

Ian McKellan, London

Koos Van Bergen, Cape Town

Eve and Anthony Costa, Johannesburg

Greg Jacobson, Johannesburg

Neil Pendock, Johannesburg

Brian Gilbertson, Johannesburg

Jack Ginsberg, Johannesburg

Howard Sack, Cape Town

Sean Mathias, Cape Town

Hannah Haupt, Somerset West

Sam Nghlengetwa, Johannesburg

Clive van den Berg, Johannesburg

Jackie and Michael Solomon, Cape Town

Robert Hamblin, Cape Town

Leonard Shapiro, Cape Town

Susan Glanville-Zini, Cape Town

Bev Clark, Johannesburg

Diane and Charl Du Plessis, Johannesburg

Francis Potter, Johannesburg

Andre Odendal, Johannesburg

Jason Kennet, Los Angeles

Wilma Cruise, Cape Town

Myer Taub, Johannesburg

Sherwin Lundall, Amsterdam