Corné Eksteen

Eksteen was born in Zastron, South Africa on October 6, 1973 and currently resides in Durban. He achieved a degree in BA Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and UNISA.
Corne’ Eksteen has been actively working and exhibiting since 1996, taking part in numerous group shows internationally.

Assimilation is traditionally defined as the process by which a per- son or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group. However within the social dynamics of the post-in- formation age, the factors that define a group, a culture or even a national identity has much wider reach and influence. We live in a hyper-connected society, where we are consciously and un- consciously engaged in the creation of new cultural iconography and identity. Our sense of personal identity and cultural values are constantly subjected to processes of public scrutiny and evalua- tion by a much wider community / group / collective. Traditional and localised cultural constructs (often based on western or tradi- tional African ideas) are making way for a more unified contempo- rary African voice.

It is within this new broader African cultural dynamic that (through the use of portraiture) the works explore how these newly forged African archetypes / stereotypes affirm their own individuali- ty and value within the boundaries, norms and values presented by the group / collective / “hive-mind”. A selection of Corne’s lat- est paintings will be on exhibition at ECLECTICA Design & Art in November 2016 as part of the show South Facing.