Aleta Michaletos evades neat categorization. She is a professional Pretoria-based artist, as well as being a serious art collector. For the past 30 years, she has been the direc- tor of an independent art gallery, of which she is the founding member. In 1974 she received her B.A.F.A. from the University of Pretoria and ever since, she has actively served on several art-related committee, while balancing gallery work and her own personal art creation. Over the years she has deeply explored central themes as original ways of solving problems. With each new painting, recurring images and symbols are transformed and renewed as novel permutations develop from a spontaneous ‘cross-fertilization’ or parthenogenesis, when recurring elements reverberate between pictures and integrate the production of a fascinating and complex body of work in multiple mediums. Because of this working method, it stands to reason that a series always remains open-ended.