Swain Hoogervorst (born in 1988) is a South African artist based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hoogervorst studied Design and Advertising at the Vega School of Brand Communications in Cape Town (2010) before starting painting at the end of 2010. His debut exhibition was in 2012 at Salon 91 in Cape Town, and shortly after he participated in Schildersweek, a one-week painting residency in Domburg in the Netherlands. In 2014 his solo exhibition Inside Out opened at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town. In 2015 he completed a residency in Finland at Arteles Creative Centre, followed by a solo exhibition with the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town in 2017 (Searching Eudaimonia). 2018 included a presentation, Making Pictures, in the Cubicle Series at Everard Read CIRCA in Cape Town, followed by a residency in the South of France at Mas des Graviers (2019). Between Spaces opened mid-2020 at Everard Read in Cape Town. Hoogervorst is currently working towards exhibiting in London and expanding his presence to an international market. He is represented by the Everard Read Galleries in South Africa and in London. 


2015 – Top 100 Barclays Atelier Competition

2013 – Top 40 finalist Absa Atelier Competition

2013 – Invited artist at Schildersweek, Domburg, The Netherlands


2020 – In Between Spaces, Everard Read, Cape Town

2018 – Making Pictures, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2017 – Searching Eudaimonia, Everard Read, Cape Town

2014 – Inside Out, AVA Gallery, Cape Town


2019 – Mas Des Graviers, Pourrières, France

2015 – Arteles Creative Centre, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

2013 – Schildersweek, Domburg, The Netherlands


2021  In // Conversation, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2020/2021 – Summer Show, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2020 – Still, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2020 – Proxies, Gallery Gallery, Johannesburg

2019 – New Small Paintings, Pop Up Exhibition, Cape Town

2019 – Winter Show, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2018/2019 – Summer Show, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2018 – Nano 1.2, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2018 – Winter Show, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2018 – In the forests of the night, Everard Read CIRCA, Johannesburg

2018 – Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2017 – Nano 1.1, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town 

2017 – Spectrum, Everard Read Circa, Johannesburg 

2016 – Liminal Geographies, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2016 – Line and Shadow, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg 

2016 – Death of the old, Galleri Kalashnikov, Johannesburg 

2016 – Stars and Tracks, The Project Room, Windhoek, Nambia 

2016 – For what its worth, No End Contemporary, Johannesburg 

2016 – Pastoral Abstraction, Everard Read, Cape Town 

2015 – Defining the Narrative, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town 

2015 – Homage, Everard Read, Cape Town 

2014 – Pool Party, Alma Martha Project Space, Cape Town 

2014 – Golden Haze, Saon 91, Cape Town 

2014 – /SCAPE, Salon 91, CapeTown 

2013 – One in a Million, Salon 91, Cape Town 

2013 – Absa Atelier Best 100 in the country Exhibition, Johannesburg 

2013 – Schildersweek, Domburg, The Netherlands 

2012/2013 – Summer Show, Salon91, Cape Town 

2012 – { Impression; Sunset } Salon91, Cape Town


2015: Art Needs You The BarclaysL'Atelier Award, Dr Paul Bayliss, 978-0-620-66441-7

2014: Art South Africa Volume 13 issue02 The Controversy Issue, Brendon and Suzette Bell-Roberts, 16846133

2013: Imagine the untapped talent of the subconscious, The Absa L'Atelier Award, 978-0-620-57231-6


Feature: Pneuma: Swain Hoogervorst's 'In Between Spaces' (2020) 

Review: Ends and Means: Swain Hoogervorst's 'Searching Eudaemonia' (2017)

Feature: Bright Young Things: Swain Hoogervorst (2014)

Review: Inside Out, an Exhibition of Paintings by Swain Hoogervorst (2014)


The Art Investor: EP.3 Swain Hoogervorst (2021)

The Art Pod: E13 - Interview with Swain Hoogervorst (2019)

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