Swain Hoogervorst

(b. 1988 Cape Town, South Africa)

Swain Hoogervorst (born 1988) is based in Cape Town. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Vega (2010). He was selected as a top 100 finalist in the L’atelier Competition in both 2013 and 2015. Residencies include Schildersweek in the Netherlands (2013), Arteles Creative Center in Finland (2015), Mas des Graviers in France (2019) and most recently, Cité internationale des arts in Paris (2022). Hoogervorst has participated in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His first solo exhibition Inside Out was at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town (2014). Searching Eudaimonia (2017) marked his solo debut at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, followed by In Between Spaces (2020), and most recently Time is a Long Thin Hand (2022) at Everard Read Franschhoek. Hoogervorst is represented by Everard Read Gallery in South Africa and London in the UK. His work can be found in private collections (in the UAE, US, UK, Brazil, France, Australia, Germany and Belgium) and public collections, including the Spier Arts Trust in South Africa. Hoogervorst lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.


2010    Bachelor's Degree in Creative Brand Communications, Vega School of Brand Innovation

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022   Time is a Long Thin Hand, Everard Read, Franschhoek

2020   In Between Spaces, Everard Read, Cape Town

2018    Making Pictures, Everard Read , Cape Town

2017    Searching Eudaimonia, Everard Read, Cape Town

2014    Inside Out, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

Selected Group Shows

2023 Cosmos, Everard Read, Franschhoek

2023 Collide, Featherstone Centre for the Arts, Martha's Vineyard, US

2023 Winter, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2023 Waiting Room, Nel Gallery, Cape Town

2023 Horse Paintings, Under Art Projects, Cape Town

2023 The Lost Art of Running, Berlin Braves HQ, Berlin

2023 K4, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), Oudtshoorn

2023 The Invisible Thread (International Group Show) curated by Swain Hoogervorst, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2022 Spring, Everard Read, Franschhoek 

2022 Seduction, Everard Read, Cape Town

2022 Painter! Painter!, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2022 Things I would like to remember, Everard Read, Cape Town

2022  Weave, Cité internationale des arts, Paris

2022 Fever, Norval Foundation and Boschendal, Franschhoek, Cape Town

2021   In // Conversation, Everard Read, Cape Town

2020   Summer Show, Everard Read, Cape Town

2020   Still, Everard Read, Cape Town

2020   Proxies, Gallery Gallery, Johannesburg

2019    Summer Show, Everard Read, Cape Town

2019    Land and Sea, Art on Avenues, Somerset West, Cape Town

2019    New Small Paintings, Pop Up Exhibition, Roodebloem Studios, Cape Town

2019    Winter Show, Everard Read, Cape Town

2018    Summer Show, Everard Read, Cape Town

2018    Nano 1.2, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2018    Making Pictures, Cubicle Series, Everard Read, Cape Town

2018    Winter Show, Everard Read, Cape 

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

2018    Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town

2017    Nano 1.1, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town 

2017    Spectrum, Everard Read, Johannesburg 

2016    Liminal Geographies, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2016    Line and Shadow, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg 

2016    Death of the old, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg 

2016    Stars and Tracks, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia 

2016    For what it’s 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, Salon 91, Cape Town 

2014    /SCAPE, Salon 91, Cape Town 

2013    One in a Million, Salon 91, Cape Town 

2013    Absa L’Atelier Top 100 , Johannesburg 

2013    Schildersweek, Domburg,  Netherlands 

2012    Summer Show, Salon91, Cape Town 

2012    { Impression; Sunset } Salon91, Cape Town


2022   Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France

2019    Mas Des Graviers, Pourrières, France

2015    Arteles Creative Centre, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

2013    Schildersweek, Domburg, the Netherlands

Teaching / Lecturing

2014 - 16     Part-time Lecturer Painting and Drawing, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town

Selected Public Collections

Spier Arts Trust, South Africa


2015    Top 100 Barclays L’Atelier Competition

2013    Top 40 finalist Absa L’Atelier Competition

2013    Invited artist at Schildersweek, Domburg, the Netherlands


2015   Art Needs You, The Barclays L'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

Reviews and Features

Art Pod E13 - Interview with Swain Hoogervorst


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

Investing in Art: Swain Hoogervorst (2016)

In Finland with Swain Hoogervorst (2015)

Bright Young Things: Swain Hoogervorst (2014)

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

Featured: Swain Hoogervorst (2013)

Ray-Ban Presents: The #envisionseries (2013)

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