Christa Myburgh

Christa Myburgh was born in 1972 in South Africa. The artist had grown up on a spacious farm in the Highveld region of South Africa and continued her tertiary education in Fine Art the University of Pretoria 1993.

Myburgh’s artwork is rendered in oil on canvas and paints local young black women from the township in the town she lives in. She is interested in the gender and racial politics of black women in South Africa, their positions both during Apartheid as well as current day South Africa. Her delicate paintings aim to re-contextualize these particular women in a contemporary upper-class setting, reminscent of a classical and romanticized style. She wishes to memorialize these women in a prominent manner that lays testament to their triumphs and lack of acknowledgment. Her work is not specifically political, yet it expresses her concern for racial and gender inequalities.

By painting on canvas with the prospect of being exhibited, these figures become removed from their traditional setting and placed in a new environment that is ‘staged’ in the public eye. The girls she uses in her work all stay in the local Township and were scouted for the purpose of being painted and used as ‘symbols’ for the once that never had a chance to be recognized.

Christa Myburgh has also taught figure and still life drawing at Bloemfontein Technikon and lives in Bethal, Mapumalanga.