Fine Arts Cum Laude graduate from the University of Potchefstroom, Christiaan Diedericks’ print-work blends the romantic ideals of contemporary life with a stark criticism of historical atrocities. These vibrant visual texts have been featured in exhibitions and galleries extensively throughout Southern Africa, as well as internationally. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Japan, Finland, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Belgium, England, Sweden and France, where he worked, as artist in residence, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Diedericks has also worked in New York, after receiving the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, where his work was exhibited to critical acclaim in the New York Blade newspaper, at the gallery 5+5 in Brooklyn, in December 2007.
Diedericks, amongst his many achievements, has also been awarded artist residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; The Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey; The Venice Print Studio for large format printmaking, Italy and the Chhaap Foundation in India recently awarded Diedericks with an AIR in June/July 2013.
In 2006 Christiaan was the winner of the coveted Kanna award for Fine Arts at the ABSA KKNK festival in Oudtshoorn for his exhibition Secrets and Lies: Her Majesty's Ivory Tower. He has also been given numerous grants over a broad spectrum, which range from a NAC International bursary for workshops in non-toxic printmaking in 1999 from the Grande Prairie Regional College in Alberta, Canada, to being chosen to appear on the 13th “The Apprentice” on SABC 3 in Johannesburg in 2005.
Diedericks has become a truly international presence through his insightful and poetic visual texts that transcend borders, cultures and histories. He identifies with the movement’s grandiose ambitions in his own explorations of the tyranny of colonialism in Africa. His work is vivid, electric and dream-like: a phantasm brought to life in paint and print. His body of work echoes the hopes and dreams of a generation trying to come to terms with a bloody and violent past and faced with a chaotic and unpredictable future. His work attempts a naked self-actualisation: to understand one’s place in the feverish contemporary world and through this understanding, challenge commonly-held beliefs about the past, present and future.