Elsabé Milandri

Milandri grew up in Pretoria and finished her degree in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria in 2002. She continued her studies at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where she completed a Masters in New Media in 2006. She has had two solo exhibitions in Cape Town, one in Pretoria, and one in Basel, Switzerland, and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions. Her work is taken up in private collections in the UK, USA, and throughout Europe. She has lectured at various institutions in drawing, new media, videography, illustration and design. She lives and works in Cape Town, with her husband and four young children. She had her last solo exhibition with SMITH in 2017 titled Wind shifts at eight.

Whatever the medium - paper, gesso, ink, collage, video - Elsabe Milandri understands her work as drawings. "Mistakes" and "accidents" are integral to her art making process. Her gestural, painterly style evokes mood, the marks of the brush and pen suggesting form. Her drawings and paintings often includes text, which she samples from conversations real and imagined, serious and ironic. Her eco-political concern is often implicit, and her explorations happen along the intersections of science and wonder.


2006 MA FA (New Media) at IFNM (Institute for Film and New Media) at Michaelis, UCT (cum laude)
2002 Graduate from University of Pretoria, BA FA (Painting and Visual Communication) (cum laude)
1998 Matriculate in Pretoria, Hoërskool Silverton (9 distinctions)

Solo exhibitions

2017 Wind shifts at eight, SMITH, Cape Town
2015 Literoom, Basel Switzerland
2012 Literoom, Basel Switzerland
2012 Something like now, Salon 91, Cape Town
2012 Sostenuto (maps and details of two gardens), Tina Skukan, Pretoria
2010 Diagram for change, AVA, Cape Town

Select Group Exhibitions

2019 Emphatic Whispers, SMITH, Cape Town
2019 Nano 1.3, Barnard, Cape Town
2019 Close Encounters, SMITH, Cape Town
2018 Nano 1.2, Barnard, Cape Town
2018 SKRIF, Woordfees US, Stellenbosch
2016 TWO, SMITH, Cape Town
2015 Current, SMITH, Cape Town
2014 I take it all back, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg
2012 Sacred Lakes, Crooked Brooks, The Foundry Gallery, Cape Town
2012 Our Fathers, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2012 Flower Safari, LTBL Studio, Cape Town
2011 If you let yourself love a wild thing, Salon91, Cape Town

2011 Group exhibition Paper is You, Salon91, Cape Town

2010 Es-Cape, Association of Arts, Pretoria