Maja Marx


Born in 1977, Maja Marx is currently living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. Marx is a proponent of contemporary abstract art; approaching painting as an optical activation of surface. She has featured in both South African and international exhibitions, with her most recent solo exhibition, There There (2020), being her fifth to be hosted with WHATIFTHEWORLD; succeeding Chorus (2018), Glare (2016), Block (2013) and Fold (2011).

Other solo exhibitions include Crease (2010) at Outlet, Pretoria and As Far As The Eye Can Touch (2007), at The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg. Marx is a fellow of the Ampersand Foundation (New York/ Johannesburg) and a participant of MAPS (Master of Art in the Public Sphere); an exchange between the Wits School of the Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa and the Ecole Cantonale d’art du Valais in Sierre, Switzerland. Since receiving her MFA in Fine Art (Cum Laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008, her works have been included in a range of public and private collections. She has also participated in the South African Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (2013), and the ELIA Exhibition, Cuenca, Spain and Gent, Belgium (2006).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 There There - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2019 Chorus - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2013 BLOCK: Recent works - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2011 Fold, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2010 Crease, Outlet, Pretoria
2007 As Far As The Eye Can Touch, The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 The Phoenix Runway - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2021 RESTUDIO, Cunningham Contemporary, Johannesburg
2016 Women's Work, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2014 Capital, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
Footnote, Richmond, Northern Cape
2013 The Past Will Bury You, NIROXProjects, Johannesburg
Imaginary Fact, 55th La Biennale di Venezia, South African Pavillion, Venice
2012 ReSample, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg
2011 Basic Reality, Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts on Main, Johannesburg
ABSA Boekrak, KKNK, Oudshoorn
2010 Glove, Joburg Art Fair collaboration with Artist Proof Studios, Johannesburg
Spier Contemporary, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town
2009 Paper Pigeon, Pigeon Square Public Artwork, Johannesburg, in collaboration with Gerhard Marx
Anaphora, Michaelis Rosedale Gallery, Cape Town
The Heart of the African City, African Perspectives 2009, The African City Centre (re)sourced, University of Pretoria
2008 Away: Richmond: Map Richmond, Northern Cape
2006 ELIA exhibition: Cuenca, Spain & Gent, Belgium
Hollard - Waste at Work