Multi-disciplinary artist Anja Marais was born and raised in the countryside of South Africa. As a young adult, she apprenticed with a landscape painter for many years. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a BFA (honours) in 1998. She has been selected and participated in various programs such as the Enrique Martinez Celaya Summer Workshop (in affiliation with the Anderson Ranch Art Center). She currently works and lives in Miami, FL, USA and exhibits her work in the national and international arena.
She recently exhibited at The International Museum of Art and Science, Texas, The University of the Arts Gallery, Philadelphia; Ground Moscow Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia; MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami; the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami; Baker Museum of Naples, Florida; and the Museum of History of St Petersburg, Poterna Hall, Russia.
Her work is in private and museum collections at the Akari Museum Japan, History Museum Russia, Kronstadt, and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. She was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship 2014, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship 2010. She attended many art residencies in Europe, Asia, and the USA, which includes the Ucross Art Residency in Wyoming, The Millay Art Colony in New York, etc.
Marais has also given lectures on Art, Studio and Cultural Practices, at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, The Northern Colorado University, Greeley, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami and The Coral Gables Museum, Miami, and other non-profit organizations.