ARABELLA CACCIA

BIOGRAPHY

ARABELLA CACCIA

 

Arabella was born in London and grew up in Tuscany before moving to Johannesburg where she spent her teenage years.  She then went to Edinburgh University after which she lived and studied in Florence, London and New York.  She returned to South Africa in 1990 and now lives and works in Cape Town.

 

Arabella draws inspiration from the people, places and objects she loves. From the light where she lives and the wilderness where she goes to find peace and silence. The feeling of quiet and perhaps stillness in the work reflects the ambience she creates around her, in order to find inspiration and access her creativity.

 

Each work is simply a point on a journey – a journey which is an attempt at, a quest in search of truth. A goal which is both mysterious and highly illusive. “It is a quest that will preoccupy me for the rest of my life.” – Arabella Caccia

 

Arabella Caccia’s recent work is inspired by an exploration of patterns found in the play of light and dark on natural forms. Her paintings and sculptures use an abstract language of semi-symbolic glyphs discovered in these patterns. The primary principal underpinning her work is the belief in the importance of process.

 

“I firmly believe that the energy and focus put into making a work, a deep meditative concentration, produces work of honesty and integrity, with a powerful energy.  It is the process which is of utmost importance.” – Arabella Caccia

 

EDUCATION:

 

1983          University of Witwatersrand

1984-88     Edinburgh University

1988-89     Parsons School of Design, New York, USA

 

SELECTED Exhibitions:

 

2018       Without Words, Everard Read, Franschhoek

2017       20th Anniversary, Knysna Fine Art

2017       Cubicle, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2015       The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek

2012     Solo exhibition, Johannesburg

2010     View from the South, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town

2010      Sight, Everard Read, Cape Town

2006       Reverie, Everard Read, Cape Town

  • Judith Wall and Sara Pearce Fine Art New York

2002       Spark Gallery Johannesburg

  • Sara Pearce Fine Art London UK

1999      Sara Pearce Fine Art London UK

1998      Hamilton Russell Vineyards South Africa

1995      Karen McKerron Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg

1994      Karen McKerron Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg

1993      Chelsea Gallery Cape Town

1991     Mall Galleries London

 

Awards:

 

1995       Vita Art Now, Johannesburg Art Gallery South Africa – selected artist.