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Mary Visser (b. 1971) lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Painting abstracted landscapes drawing on her ongoing interest in city spaces, objects and signs.

Visser’s creative process consists of her taking long drives and walks through the city, where she sketches and takes notes. She then reworks all of this into abstract collages. The artworks are an exploration of the everyday mundane, which Visser transforms into contemplative paintings. The paintings are process works, each of Mary’s paintings are a conversation between marks, a kind of story-telling that exposes the mistakes that are part of the art making process.

Mary explains, “I am in love with the process of making paintings. The sensuous delight of colour and mark thrills me. I’m on the hunt as I engage with the surface for those little moments of exhilaration.”


  • 1992 BFA, Rhodes University, Grahamstow
  • 2012-2013 Postgraduate Diploma in Art (with Distinction), Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town


  • 2003 Carpet Design (The Boudoir Biscuits Artist Collective) Judges Chambers, New Constitutional Court, Johannesbur
  • 2002 Runner-up in Convenco Public Art Work Competition, Cape Town Convention Centre.
    (as part of The Boudoir Biscuits Artist Collective and the women of St Anne’s Home, Cape Town)


  • 2018 Funny Things are Everywhere, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
  • 2018 Prelude, Worldart, Cape Town
  • 2011 Along these City Streets, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
  • 2010 The Weight of Light, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
  • 2005 Nocturnes, UCT Irma Stern Museum Gallery, Cape Town


  • 2018 Assembly, Circa Gallery, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2017 Summer Show, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2017 Out of Nowhere, Smith Studio Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2016 Colours, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West
  • 2014 Small Canvas Project, Benetton Project (Venice Biennale)
  • 2013 Possession, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2012 Small Works, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2010 20Squared, Die Dorpstraat Galery, Stellenbosch
  • 2008 New Works (Mary Visser, Nick Bladen & Marieke Prinsloo), Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
  • 1998 Boudoir Biscuits Exhibition, UCT Irma Stern Museum Gallery, Cape Town