Maaike Bakker

South Africa 1986

Installation, Sculpture, Drawing

Maaike Bakker
Maaike Bakker
South Africa
October 9, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Hailing from Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, Maaike Bakker is a highly talented artist who works in a wide range of media including drawing, sculpture and installation. However, she is best known for her illustrations featuring metaphorical subjects and elements that may remind many viewers of fairy-tale motifs. The artist uses a soft palette of colors to create her eye-catching pieces that often explore themes of notation and ephemerality. Her work also deals with limitations imposed by systems and aims to find out at what point such structures may become excessive and irrelevant, eventually examining futility.

creative digital design 2014
Maaike Bakker – Unruhige Landschraft I and II

The Art of Maaike Bakker

Born in 1986, South African artist obtained a degree in Visual Arts in 2009, and an MA in Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg in 2013. During her studies, Bakker started exploring illustration alongside her fine art practice in order to be able to discover a new, lighter and more eclectic approach to her work. Over the years, Bakker has developed her own style that introduces both concept-driven works as well as light-hearted, offbeat, rough works that depict sceneries from alternative realities. She adds complexity to her art by using line to create patterns, while her soft muted colors give a lush richness to each piece.

She adds complexity to her art by using line to create patterns

day of street and river design 2014 and 2015
Maaike Bakker – Marlboro (Left) / Space Is the Place (Center) / Surf Safari (Right)


In November 2013, Maaike Bakker had a one-man show entitled Now Museum | Now You Don’t, as part of her Master’s degree, at the Nirox Projects (JHB). Since then, her oeuvre has been included in many exhibitions in South Africa, Germany and the United Kingdom. Selected recent group shows include From Whence They Came at SMITH Studio, Cape Town (2016), ZeRO at SOMA art space, Maboneng, Johannesburg (2016), Post-digital at Kalashnikovv gallery, JHB (2015), Play_an exhibition at Nirox sculpture park, Muldersdrift (2014), Re-sample at ABSA Gallery, JHB (2013), Cape 09 as part of the City Project, Cape Town (2009) and many others. In April 2012, she collaborated with Louis Minnaar on a two-person illustration show, titled The River, at Salon91.

Maaike Bakker has participated in many exhibitions in South Africa and beyond

series at day of street design 2012 and 2014
Maaike Bakker – Aesthetic Engineering series, 2016

Maaike Bakker – Multidisciplinary Artist

Amongst her illustration work, the Pretoria-born artist’s creative output ranges from installation and conceptual art to more light-hearted, offbeat illustrations and raw paintings. To date, she’s curated a number of drawing and illustration exhibitions, including lectures in illustration. Along with such artists as Werner Burger, Nina Torr, Lodewyk Barkhuizen and PJ Kotze, she is a member of Mega Bonanza, an art collective focused on creating non-academic brutal and pointless art together. She was selected as a finalist for the Sasol New Signatures competition during 2005 and 2009, and also made it to the top 10 of the prestigious Absa L’atelier art competition during 2009.

The artist is represented by Kalashnikovv gallery.

Maaike Bakker is based in Johannesburg.

Featured image: Maaike Bakker – This and That (detail), photo credits of the artist
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Basha Uhuru FestivalConstitution Hill, JHBGroup
2016From whence they cameSMITH Studio, Cape TownGroup
2016ZeROSOMA art space, Maboneng, JHBGroup
2016IT IS WHAT IT ISNO END contemporary, JHBGroup
2015FetishPriest, JHB & Art EC, PEGroup
2015Revamp Priest, JHBGroup
2015Occupy Room 1 | Kalashnikovv Gallery X FriedFried contemporary, PTAGroup
2015Out of contextUniversity of Johannesburg Art gallery, JHBGroup
2015Post-digitalKalashnikovv gallery, JHBGroup
2014Captial: PresentFried contemporary, PTAGroup
2014Play_an exhibition Nirox sculpture park, MuldersdriftGroup
2014I take it all backNirox Projects, Arts on main, JHBGroup
2014Nirox Winter sculpture FairNirox sculpture park, MuldersdriftGroup
2013Now museum | Now you don'tNirox projects, Arts on Main, JohannesburgSolo
2013et al.Nirox projects, Arts on main, JHB Group
2013Re-sample ABSA Gallery, JHB Group
2012Hanging Gardens KKNK Group
2010The spirit is not an idea - says the penguinCO OP, JHBGroup
2010Postscript, ,n exhibition featuring Francois Jonker & Maaike BakkerPlatform 18th, PTAGroup
2010Land: Diversity and Unity India - South Africa (exchange exhibition)Association of Arts (Pretoria) & CEWAC (India)Group
2009Cape 09, as part of the City ProjectCape TownGroup