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About Artist

Hannalie Taute: Hannalie Taute was born on 13 August 1977 in a small town called Fochville. During her childhood she and her family moved around from town to town. Matriculated in 1995 at Outeniqua High school in George, and in 2000 she obtained a National Higher Diploma for Fine art at PE Technicon (now the NNMU).

In 2004 she had her first solo exhibition called: “Siembamba- let’s play pretend” at the Joao Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town.  Finalist in 2004 for the ABSA l’Atelier exhibition and a nominee for the Fiesta award in 2012 and 2015. Since 2004 she was involved in several group and solo exhibitions.  She received the Kanna award for best visual art production at the 2014 KKNK art festival for her solo exhibition called: “Rubber ever after”.

She currently lives and work in Stilbaai, South Africa.


For more than a decade I primarily focused my attention on working with found objects, especially toys. Five years ago I tried my hand at working with rubber – particularly inner tubes, and in 2012 added embroidery to my list of preferred media. By using traditional embroidery techniques (mainly satin stitch) unto an unconventional canvas (rubber) I aim to make the familiar unfamiliar.

Since my student days I used art to escape into a fantasy world of my own making.  My work is the culmination of research into emotions, psychology and fantasy. I find inspiration in myths, legends, lyrics, literature and especially fairy tales and is drawn to the universality of these ancient stories which exist all over the world and points to a common humanity. It is often just the title of an original fairy tale that remains in my work; I find my contemporaneous edge by subverting the original meaning and also by replacing the main characters with myself or my family members.

Hannlie studied Fine Art at the Port Elizabeth Technikon from 1996 and received her National Higher Diploma in Fine Arts in 1999.

2016 – Herman Lategan, “US Woordfees 2016: die tong, Litnet

2016 – Olisa Corcoran, “Inspired to stitch” MrXStitch:

2015 – Heidi Erdmann, “Hannalie Taute’s love affair with rubber” Dante magazine Dec/Jan

2014 – Kanna award for best visual art production at the ABSA KKNK 2014 art festival.

Selected Publications:

2014 – Alexander Matthews, “Art spot: Rubber ever after”

2013 – Online catalogue designed by Neil Nieuwoudt:

2012 – Nominated for KykNet Fiesta Award (category:best Visual Art production at an art festival in 2011):

(For my exhibition titled: Skeidingsangs at the KKNK art festival)
2012 – Janine Oelofse, “Toys from tyres” Limelight feature in  “South” magazine, Winter 2
2009 – Timothy Twindle “Exhibition about relationships” Weekend Post (EP Herald) 9 December 2000
2008 – Laetitia Pople, ‘Kuns op KKNK bekyk geslagsrolle’, Die Burger 25 April 2008.
2008 –  Tisha Steyn, ‘Taute pas nie in patroon’, Die Burger 7 Mei 2008

2005 – Renee Holleman, “Siembamba let’s play pretend, Artthrob review,, February 2005.

2004 – Theo Kleynhans, ‘Speelgoed maak bang’, Die Burger:  8 November 04.

2004 – under the top 100 finalists for the ABSA ‘l Atelier competition.

2004 – Top 100 finalists at the ABSA L‘Atelier competition.

2002 – Haddad Viljoen, ‘n Labirint van vrouwees’, KKNK Festival Newspaper.

“The Grimm Needle” Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
“Stink Afrikaners” US Woordfees, Stellenbosch
“Cross my heart”, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
“Rubber ever after”, ABSA KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn.
“Skeidingsangs”, KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn.
“No strings attached”, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna.
“Cut to fit”, KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn.
“Siembamba, let’s play pretend”, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town.


“Desire” curated by Johan Conradie, Association of Arts,Pretoria


“100 Geographies” curated by Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen, University of Stellenbosch Museum


“Winter group exhibition” 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town


“Huisgenoot, Hartgenoot, Kultuurgenoot” curated by Sandra Hanekom, KKNK, Oudtshoorn


Cape Town Art Fair, Erdmann Contemporary booth, Cape Town

“B.Y.O.I.D”, Knysna Fine Art Gallery , Knysna.

“Flippen Vlambaar/Freakin Flammable”, Prince Albert Art Festival.
“Kingdom”, Equus Gallery, Stellenbosch.
“Industrial Karoo: Fear & Loss”, Reservoir Gallery, Bloemfontein.
“Actuality and Illusion” , at Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.

Summer Group Exhibition, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
“Moriality Monkeys” at D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch.
“Fried Autumn Art Fair”, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria.
“Bacchanalia to Festivalis”, The ART Business, Piketberg.

“From genre to manifesto”, theArtBusiness, Piketberg.
“Flesh”, The ART Business, Piketberg.

“Dark side of the moon”, UCA Gallery, Observatory, Cape Town.
“The tattoo show”, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna.

“Cutting Edge”, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna.

“Siembamba, the toys are us”, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna.

Hannalie Taute is presented in major international and national collections.

Hannalie Tauta takes part in collaborations and performance art.

Hannalie regularly attends workshops.

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