Kirsten Beets was born in Cape Town South Africa in 1983. She completed a degree in Fine Arts from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and subsequently went on to study 3D animation at the Animation School. She worked as a texture artist for a post-production company in Cape Town for two years, before pursuing further postgraduate education at Stellenbosch University where she gained a Bphil in illustration in 2012.
Kirsten works predominantly with oil paint on paper and has participated in several group shows. She has recently returned form a residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. She currently lives and works in Cape Town.
Kirsten says of her work -
I think of my illustrations as fragments of memory captured in a tangible form. By rendering them in minute detail with oil paint, I add value and a rich depth to seemingly meaningless or cheap objects, elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory. For me, my work embodies the notion of nostalgia and the desire to collect and keep safe the memories evoked by experiences.