lisette bambine forsyth
born in namibia when it was still south west africa. i attended jan van riebeek primary school, which was burnt down during the struggle. then switched to camps bay high school. this was like a holiday camp compared to the constraints of the afrikaner system. at camps bay i was able to model part time from the age of 14. managed to matriculate just before calculators were permitted in maths in 1986. travelled and worked in europe as a model from 1987 until 1989. it was a huge hinderance to travel on a south african passport at this time. returned to south africa and studied graphic design at the cape technikon. graduated in 1999 majoring in print making and photography. only to find it all go digital the very next year! worked in europe in 1992. completed an apprenticeship in mechanical graphics at the bayerische rundfunk (german television station) returned to south africa with my infant son ike permanently in 1994. worked as a wardrobe artist, model and commercial actress to keep the wolves at bay. in 1998 while traveling australia i managed to join the resident artist in the caretaker's studio were we exhibited cottesloe the people. returned to south africa married and pregnant and my daughter was born in 1999. when painting from home became impractical in 2002 i moved into a shared studio with sanel agenbag in bree str. cape town. 2004 i managed to step out and do a solo exhibition : exinhibitions inexhibition during 2005 created snug a homeware range - this is still an ongoing concern. moved into a studio in woodstock in 2007. in 2009, i had the solo exhibition puliccity at the woodstock studio since april 2014 signed with the holden manz collection, franschhoek.