a much celebrated and discussed artist from johannesburg, ruan hoffmann is, foremost, a painter. he also happens to paint on ceramics. his vessels and tiles are a rather unsuspecting backdrop to his provocative iconography and whip-smart one liners. armed with a paint brush and the ability to startle with a single stroke, hoffmann’s works are potent. but it is his use of ceramics that gives both the viewer and hoffman an additional dimension in which to encounter his art - hoffmann says that what he likes about ceramics is the surprise element.
"i don’t know what will happen at the end. it’s exciting to see what happened, when it comes back from being fired." - ruan hoffmann