My name is Christa Myburgh

I´m a visual artist from South Africa

Why did you become an artist?

Since I was very little I spend most my time drawing. Almost all birthday presents I received were art based. I already knew then that this is something that I can do naturally and a career that I would like to pursue. I wonder how many horses I drew when I was little as I grew up on a farm and adored my horses.

How did you get into art? How did it all start?

My mother bought me a drawing book when I was very little and I spend many hours drawing. I ended up studying art at the University of Pretoria. My final year exhibition was a sold out show – something I am still very proud of.

What was the highlight in your art career so far?

Definitely being accepted to be part of The Travelling Art Gallery team. I just wish it was sooner in my life…

If you were not an artist - what would be your profession, what was your childhood dream if not being an artist?

A Ballerina!!! I regret not continuing with my ballet classes when I had the opportunity.

Who or what has inspired you most in your life?

My children – especially when I look in their eyes and I realise how much they need me.

Which person outside art do you admire? And for what?

Nelson Mandela, for his ability to serve righteousness to a nation.

Which 5 things would you take with you to a desert island?

Definitely my 2 children and all my art equipment. That is all I need.

Which three people you would like to have for an evening at your dinner table?

Anish Kapoor for his creativity. Michelangelo, I really want to know how did he manage to sculpt all those folds for the Pieta in marble. And Roald Dahl, I want to listen to his clever, unsettling and imaginative stories.

What would you regret at the end of your life not having done?

Travel, travel and more travel.

What is the best work of art ever in your opinion and why?

There are so many amazing artworks. But in my opinion Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirror rooms. She creates art that has a mental, visual and physical effect on the viewer.

If you had the chance for a 1-year art residency which country would you choose and why?

Many of the artists that used to study art with me have at least once been to The Ecole de beaux arts in Paris. Just imagine how many artists have been there solemnly to create art. So, it would be France.

How do you spend your time if you are not creating art – which other passions do you have?

I like to do yoga, purely because it helps me to be a better person to myself and others.

My message to the world

Never cut the tree that bares you fruit.

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