Lioda Conrad has made the switch from the visual performing arts during childhood as a prima ballerina trained by renown Ken Yates and Jillian Joubert to study Graphic design and entered into the film making industry where she has been working for the last 10 years as both Make-up and hair stylist as well as stylist, wardrobe mistress or stills director on BBC, Warner Brothers and other productions. Yearning to fully explore her deepest longing and well of turmoil felt to give outing to her innermost thought and expressions, she has transitioned to full time artist. She is a Cape Town based graphically trained Fine Artist with a love for the African Environment. The bush, the people and the animals contained within, are reflected clearly in her work. She has very elegant lines and a very personal bold style. Her work is both sensitive and freely expressive of the beauty found in Africa. Her work includes highly stylised contemporary portraits in split contemporary colours as well as incredible charcoal, pastel and conte crayon portraits both realistic but with a certain quality of elegance of line with sophisticated and expert handling of a very hard medium to master. She had been described as an upcoming “force” with substantial value by some SA art masters who are calling her work an important body of work and consider her to be one of SA’s best female
artists.

I have always had a first love of portraiture in both animals as well as people. For many years I was a wildlife artist as well as a human portraiture artist, if the distinction must be made. But especially regarding the indigenous people of Africa as there is a certain beauty found in their faces. I grew up within a very intellectual and artistic family background where reading, art and music where a daily part of our lives and my dream then was to be a prima ballerina. I was a strange child in that I didn’t listen to regular pop music like my friends, but spent my afternoons choreographing ballets to the classical music I preferred to listen to. I was in fact well on my way to it, but due to an accident, I was forced to change course and the only avenue left to me was to take art in school. I continued onto studies of graphic design and have always been working on art no matter the situation or where I found myself. It was always a part of me and something that needed a release as much as the wind needs to blow and the sun needs to shine. My father instilled certain artistic values and his strongest opinion was that you could not dare to work in abstract or expressive style if you haven’t put in the work to first perfect the technical skills required to do realistic work. Then and only then, he believed one had the right to explore. And often used Picasso as an example. For that reason I will always be a multi styled artist.”

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