"The paintings of Arlene Amaler-Raviv are inspired portraits. They are portraits of people; of objects of people; of the city of the people. They are portraits that look into the world. They talk, 'talk' together... They communicate intensely about Johannesburg and South Africa." Erna Beumers, Curator, Africa Department, Museum Voor Volkenkunde Rotterdam
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Arlene Amaler-Raviv received a BA Fine Art Degree from the University of Witwatersrand where she studied under Robert Hodgins. In the 1970s she was involved in art education, workshops, teaching and teacher training programmes.
From 1979 she held many solo exhibitions at Everard Read Gallery, Market Theatre Gallery and group shows both in South Africa and abroad. During the 1990s she lectured at the University of Pretoria, FUBA and at the Katlehong Art Center (BACA). In 1996 she lived in the Netherlands where she assisted in the curatorship of the exhibition of Africa Meets Africa at the Museum of Ethnology, Rotterdam.
In 1997 Amaler-Raviv moved to Cape Town where numerous projects developed. A Twenty meter sight specific installation for the District Six Sculpture Project Dislocation Relocation; large oil paintings on glass Departure at Mark Cotzee Fine Art and two collaborative exhibitions with photographer Dale Yudelman - One at the Association for Visual Arts and Where the Mountain Meets the City at 232 Long Street.
In 2000 Vodacom commissioned Amaler-Raviv to create an installation of seventeen oil paintings on aluminium. Spier acquired a 2x2m portrait of Mandela for their collection in 2002. Many of her paintings and works hang in private collections around the world, and publicly in major art collections in South Africa.
Text - Arlene Amaler-Raviv
1979: 25 Faces of 25 Friends, Solo exhibition, Market Gallery, Johannesburg.
1981: People Around Tables, Solo exhibition, Crake Gallery, Johannesburg.
1983: Exhibited in Group Shows, Herzliah Museum, Herzliah Pituach, Israel.
1985: Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
1986: Woman and Interior, Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
1987: Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: Participated in the Vita Art Now exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Private and Public, Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
1989: Participated in the Vita Art Now exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
In Search of (Her) Self, Solo exhibition, Gallery on the Market, Johannesburg
To Whom, exhibition, Gallery International, Cape Town
Confused State, exhibition, Bloemfontein University, Bloemfontein.
1990: Breaking the Wall, Group exhibition, Artists from Famous International (FIG), Junction Nightclub, Johannesburg.
Group exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art - Six Johannesburg artists, six Cape Town artists, Cape Town.
Klapperkop, Group exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Pretoria.
Group exhibition, Jacob Liknaitsky Gallery, Cape Town.
Downtown Johannesburg opens the FIG, Group exhibition, Corner Jeppe & Troye Streets, Johannesburg.
1991: Group exhibition, Primart, Cape Town
Love, Landscape and Lonely Escapes, Group exhibition, Gallery on the Market, Johannesburg.
Group exhibition, Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg.
Ball Installation, Eight Place Table Setting, Johannesburg Mayoral Arts.
Cape Town Triennale, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1992: Two lecturers from the Department show their work..., University of Pretoria, Pretoria.
1994: The Banquet, Group exhibition, Standard Bank Centre Gallery, Johannesburg.
1995: the complexity of those feelings, Solo exhibition, Gallery Paleo, Cologne, Germany.