Adriaan Diedericks

1990 - 

For South African sculptor Adriaan Diedericks (born 1990 in Cape Town), the male body in art is a vessel for examining power, glory, humiliation and the dynamics around them. His sculptures solicit reflections on masculinity and its place in history.


Diedericks’s upbringing in rural Piketberg pervaded the conceptual impetus of his early projects, which attempted to mimic the expansive landscape of his youth. His practice then developed from drawing into three-dimensionality. Referencing classical imagery in his current work, he manipulates scale and material, working in traditional bronze, as well as contemporary substances such as resin, found wood and plastic.


Diedericks worked as an assistant to renowned local sculptor, painter and print-maker, Lionel Smit, as well as Lionel’s father Anton, also a well-known sculptor.


Diedericks received the Best Work Trophy in 2008 at the Wes-Boland Eisteddfod, was a finalist in the University of Stellenbosch art competition (2009), the SASOL New Signatures (2010, 2014) and PPC YCSA (2013, 2014).

He is proud to have work in Belgium, London, Germany and numerous South African collections.



  • 2013       BA Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017       Perceptive Resonance, Art in the Yard, Franschhoek
  • 2017       Christened Ships99 Loop, Cape Town
  • 2016       Travelling Body, Rust en Vrede, Durbanville
  • 2015       Seraph, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2015       Binne Buiteland, Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein
  • 2015       As is, so was, Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017      Museum Villa Boehm, Internationales Kuenstlersymposium,                       Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany (Residency)
  •                 Lussac les énglises, France
  •                 Cape Town Art Fair, with 99 Loop, Cape Town
  • 2016      Advocatenkantoor, Zanderg, Belgium
  •                 With Ralph Gelbert, Ateliershaus Koenigsbach, Germany
  •                 Turbine Art Fair with Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
  •                 Untitled 2.99, 99 Loop, Cape Town
  •                 Lords of Winter, Cavalli, Stellenbosch
  •                 Of Monuments & Men, Imibala, Somerset West
  •                 Cape Town Art Fair with 99 Loop, Cape Town
  • 2015       Cape of Good Hope, 99 Loop, Cape Town
  •                  Sculpture on the Cliffs, Hermanus Fine Arts Festival
  •                  Turbine Art Fair with 99 Loop, Johannesburg
  •                  Young Guns, Jan Royce, Cape Town
  •                 Fear & Loss II, Arts Association of Pretoria
  • 2014      Summer Season Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town
  •                 Summer Show, ISArt, Franschhoek
  •                 Sasol New Signatures Western Cape Finalists, Erdmann                             Contemporary, Cape Town
  •                The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, Trent Gallery, Pretoria
  •                Fear & Loss, Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein
  •                Psige & Siel, D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
  •                What Lies Beneath, Equus Gallery, Stellenbosch
  •                From the Heart, Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town
  •                Oogwink, KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn
  •               The Year of the Horse, Art Afrique, Johannesburg
  • 2013      One in a Million, Salon 91, Cape Town
  •                Metalwork: Public Sculptures in Stellenbosch II
  •                Local Colour, The ART Business, Piketberg
  •                Design Indaba, Cape Town
  •                Flesh, The ART Business, Piketberg
  • 2012      KOMPOS, Endler Hall, Stellenbosch
  • 2011      KOMPOS, Endler Hall, Stellenbosch