Art has continuously played an immense role in my journey, from the early days with paintings in my parent's home to my first experiments in drawing and painting at school. This world of creativity has been a constant companion, steering me through a multitude of colourful experiences.

My full name is Santie, Susanna Margaretha Cronje, and I paint to tell stories that are deeply connected to my own life experiences. Having made the move from South Africa, New Zealand has been my place of residence and source of inspiration for over twenty years. Throughout high school, Art was a primary focus that propelled me towards earning a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pretoria in South Africa back in 1994. Since 2008, I've had the honour of presenting my art in numerous Solo Exhibitions and Group Shows over the years and I'm fortunate and thankful for the support of my collectors in New Zealand and abroad.

Evolving creative expression

Since Covid, there has been a noticeable transformation in the style of my artwork. Interestingly, my present artistic approach seems to mirror the works I created before moving to New Zealand in 1999, indicating a significant development in my artistic endeavours. It feels as if my journey in art has completed a full circle, returning to its origins yet enhanced by many more years of practice and by adopting a calmer way of living. I am truly thrilled to pursue this new path in artistic exploration.

My most recent works capture the immediate feelings and experiences, drawing heavily from the stunning rural landscapes of the Waikato region and lately, I have been exploring the world of abstract art, influenced by my love for music. This style of art fascinates me as it encourages us to engage deeply with our inner selves and draw out experiences from our core. With the absence of recognizable landmarks like horizons or familiar scenes to hold onto, the process of creating becomes a fascinating challenge that begins to make sense only as the journey of painting progresses. This shift towards abstract art has opened up new avenues for personal and creative expression, enabling me to weave emotions and experiences into visual forms that invite viewers to explore their own interpretations.

Exhibition History 2016 - 24

2023 - 24
May '24 'Elemental' Groupshow at Deciduus & Santie 
Nov 'Evoke' solo exhibition with an opening at Sakura Sanctuary then Deciduus & Santie. 

June 'Taupo Art Trail' Kings Birthday Weekend

2022
October - Rejoining Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge
Group Show (Deciduus & Santie | June)
Group Show (Hospice Orewa Fundraiser | June)

2021
Solo Show 'Whispers of the Heart' - The Mandarin Tree. (Online due to Covid)
Photographic Show 'Pause & Reflect' - Deciduus & Santie (Online due to Covid)
Birthday Show - 'Walk with Me' at Deciduus & Santie - Tirau NZ.

2020
Duo Show 'Rhythm in Form' with Diane Parker - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau, NZ.
Group Show 'Monochrome' - The Mandarin Tree, Gordonton, NZ.
Solo Show 'Fragile Lands' - Quirky Fox, Hawera, NZ (went online due to COVID)

2019
Duo Show 'Echo' with Claudia Aalderink - The Mandarin Tree, Gordonton NZ.
Group Show 'Land & Sea' - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ
Group Show 'Lepus Fantasticus' - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ
Duo Show 'Connections' with Diane Parker - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ.

2018 
Group Show 'Joy' - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ.
Group Show '12 Artists for Christmas' - Quirky Fox, Hawera NZ.
Group Show 'Awakening' - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ.
Group Show 'The Forest Floor' - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ.
Gallery Inaugural Show 'Nature' - Deciduus & Santie, Tirau NZ.
Opened Deciduus & Santie - 5 May 2018 - Tirau, New Zealand.

2017 
Solo Show - 'A Gentleman's Delight' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ. 
Group Show - Quirky Fox Gallery.
Open Studios 'Cambridge Autumn Festival' - Cambridge NZ

2016 
Solo Show 'Owl and Pussycat' - The Garden Art Studio, Cambridge NZ

Exhibition History 2008-15

2015
Artist Studio Show 'Winged Tapestries' - Cambridge NZ

2014
Opened Santie Cronje Artist Studio in Cambridge - a working space that was open to the public.
Solo Show 'The Language of Flowers' - The Framing Workshop, Hamilton NZ.
Solo Show 'The Travelling Tulip' - Soul Gallery, Hamilton NZ.

2013
Group Show - Kina Gallery, New Plymouth NZ.
Artist Wall - New Zealand Art Show - Wellington NZ.
Solo Show 'Through Innocent eyes' - Soul Gallery, Hamilton NZ.

2012
Duo Show 'Of Paint and Clay' with Aaron Scythe - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ.
Artist Wall 'New Zealand Art Show' - Wellington NZ.
Solo Show 'Close to my Heart' - Soul Gallery NZ.
Group Show 'Spinning a yarn' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ.

2011
Four Artist Show 'Four Hands tickle me pink' - The Artist's Room, Dunedin.
Three Artist Show 'Something Dreamlike' - Matakana Gallery, Matakana NZ.
Group Show 'Grass Roots' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ
Solo Show 'Return to you' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ
New Zealand Artshow - Wellington NZ

2010
Show 'Endangered' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ.
Three Artist Show 'Three Birds and a Feather' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ

2009
Solo Show 'If Godwits couldn't fly' - Inspirit Gallery, Cambridge NZ

2008
Solo Show 'Creative Journeys' - Empire Gallery, Cambridge NZ.
Group Show 'Coasting 2008' - Waikato Artspost, Hamilton NZ.

 

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