“Painting is a visual experience concerned with clarifying thought and to awaken in us the simplicity and unity of an impression. I apply traditional oil painting techniques along with investigative and innovative approaches within a modern and contemporary context. The structural and optical challenges of oil painting is at the forefront of my subject matter which ranges from site specific landscapes to narrative based still life. My interest is in documenting the ever changing natural environment by working directly in nature and from my experience of studying various landscapes and cities around the globe.” – Liza Visagie
Born in Johannesburg, Liza Visagie studied at the University of South Africa before immigrating to Vancouver where she worked in printmaking, which would introduce her to legendary Canadian artists such as Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith. This experience would inspire her, in turn, to attend Emily Carr University and dedicate herself to a full-time painting career. Interestingly, she credits her long-term studies with local Vancouver painter Paul Chizik, also featured in this sale, for both elevating her craft and persuading her to adopt a contemporary approach to traditional oil painting techniques.
Visagie’s works consist primarily of landscape painting completed en plein-air; developing her sketches based on the shapes, tones, and colours of her surroundings and then finishing them in her studio. Water’s Edge is a study of a luminous and tranquil body of water juxtaposed with a verdant shore, dark reed and towering trees in the middle ground, underneath billowing clouds. Modelled with heavy impasto strokes which meticulously convey every detail, Visagie works upwards of an entire year on her larger works.
Visagie has exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally; her works being collected across Canada, the United States, South Africa, Amsterdam, and Berlin.
Read Liza Visagie’s CV below.
Liza Visa – CV
Born. 1973. Johannesburg. South Africa.
Apprenticeship with oil painter Paul Chizik. Vancouver, Canada. 2001
The Vancouver Academy of Art. Part time studies in oil painting. 1999
ECIAD. Degree in fine arts. Vancouver, Canada. 1994
New Leaf Editions. Apprenticeship as Intaglio Printer. Vancouver, Canada. 1993-1996
Prior Editions. Apprenticeship as Master Printer. Vancouver, Canada. 1992-1995
Malaspina Printmakers Society. Self directed studies. Vancouver, Canada. 1992
UNISA (University of South Africa) Part time studies. 1989-1990
The National School of the Arts (Formerly known as De Kruin Art High School). Johannesburg, South Africa.
Exhibitions and Gallery Representation
2022 Represented by Lipont Gallery in China
2019-2021. Vancouver Fine Art Gallery. BC. Canada
2019. LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery. Vancouver. BC. Canada
2018. Chromatic Light. Plein-air Painting in Canada. Italian Cultural Museum. Vancouver, BC. Canada.
2014. World Artist Competition exhibition. 3rd place in 11 selected artist worldwide. Belgravia Gallery. London. England
Represented by artSpace Berlin. Berlin. Germany2009 Represented by the Weiss Gallery. Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2006-2008
Represented by Winsor Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. 2008
South Africa Abroad. Group show. Hodnett Fine Art. Vancouver, Canada 2008
Art Knows No Borders. Work exhibited and donated to Doctors without Borders. Los Angeles. U.S.A 2008
Lamp Community. Los Angeles. U.S.A 2005
Mojo Mojo Vancouver Exhibit. In Collaboration with Sherp Orphanage in Maralal, Kenya. Hosted by Auto One. Vancouver, Canada.
Matthew Good. White Light – Rock and Roll Review (paintings appear on album cover). 2004-2009
Represented by Fine Art Gallery J. van den Elshout, Den Haag, Netherlands. 2002-2003
Represented by The Ballard-Lederer Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. 2002
Represented by The Harrison Gallery. Vancouver, Calgary, Canada . 2001
Backdoor No. 23. Self-curatorial venue. Vancouver, Canada. 2000
Artist Talk. In conjunction with West Coast Line Magazine for the launch of Spring Issue reZoning. ArtSpeak Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.
Work Published in West Coast Line Magazine. reZoning, Spring Issue. 2000
Work Published. Dirty Rats in the Landscape. Access Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. 1999
Solo Show. Inc. ArtSpeak Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.
Group Show. Fundraising Event. Up Do. ArtSpeak Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. 1999
Group Show. To whom it may concern. Cape Town. South Africa. 1997
Group Show. Spit in the Soup. Concourse Gallery, ECIAD. Vancouver, Canada. 1995
Group Show. Wearable Art. Zole Fashion Group and Concourse Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. 1995
Work Published on front cover of Loop Magazine. Vancouver, Canada. 1995
Group Show. Beyond Borders. Western Washington University, Washington. 1993
Group Show. Cat Show. Prior Editions. Vancouver, Canada. 1993
Malaspina Scholarship Show. Malaspina Printmakers Society. Vancouver, Canada.
2015-2016. Kabuni and ArtsAlly. Georgia Straight. Featured Artist article and showcase.
2000-2021. Teaching Private and Semi-private lessons. 2000-2021. Private consultation for Professional Artist
2009-2021. Langara College, Vancouver, Canada. Subject: Oil Painting, Still Life, Portrait, Figure and Old Masters Drawing.
2017-2021. FCA. Federation of Canadian Artist. Vancouver, BC. Canada. Teacher of Federations Foundation Program.
2015. FCA. Federation of Canadian Artist. Juror for Annual Art Competition.
2000-2003. Aberthau House, Vancouver, Canada. Subjects in Oil Landscape Painting en plein-air.