Clinton De Menezes was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1970. He achieved his Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Durban Institute of Technology in 2004.

De Menezes has lectured in painting, drawing and history of art. He successfully co-founded The Art and Sculpture Studio, co-ordinating and facilitating drawing and painting workshops for adult learners. He was the curator of The Cupboard Gallery and on the exhibitions committee for Durban’s acclaimed Red Eye Art Collective. In 2004 De Menezes founded Alchemy Studios, a company established to fabricate artwork for private and public spaces. In 2007 he relocated to the United Kingdom to actively market Alchemy Studios and to pursue his career in Fine Art. In 2010 he was invited to install Procession (Exodus) in the contemporary galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on long term loan. In 2011 he won the tender for a major commission for the new offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers designed by Norman Foster in More London.

De Menezes has work in private and corporate collections internationally.

CLINTON DE MENEZES

contemporary artist

CLINTON DE MENEZES

contemporary artist

BIOGRAPHY

STATEMENT

Clinton De Menezes is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a range of mediums that include installation, painting, drawing and photography. Growing up in the industrialised and mined landscapes of South Africa much of his work is informed by the history, aesthetic and the changing socio-political attitudes towards the South African landscape and its visual representation.

Since his relocation to the United Kingdom in 2007 De Menezes has expanded his visual and conceptual terrain. De Menezes states; “I am interested in the processes of regeneration and degeneration as conceptual and physical forces that affect space. I am also interested in the contemporary preoccupation with apocalypse in popular culture, individual and collective identity and the intersection between culture and nature”.

Influenced by the epic paintings of John Martin and the artists of the Northern European romantic tradition to contemporary technologies like Google Earth and chroma Key compositing, the spaces De Menezes represents speak at once about conflict and apocalypse as they do about resolution and the sublime.

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