Zaan Claassens


Zaan Claassens lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She was born and raised in Southern Africa and has lived and practiced art in five different countries. As a student of Textile Design at Miami University in the USA, with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Honours in Photography from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Zaan brings with her a diverse background.

Her works hang in a host of private collections around the world and publicly in collections in South Africa, Canada, Ireland and the Northern Mariana Island of Saipan. Zaan has been participating in group exhibitions since 1988. She has exhibited in Canada, England, the Pacific, the USA, Germany and South Africa.



My passion for art has always connected me to the natural and spiritual worlds. My desire is to capture the essence of life, be it in myself or others, landscapes, objects, spaces, or in pure, raw emotion…

I typically work in a realistic style, but I am not interested in merely replicating the natural world. I want to infuse it with a soul. My art is a celebration of life: everyday moments and emotions that are monumentalized and immortalized.

My media is diverse because I love to explore the unique possibilities of each medium. I primarily work in oil paint, bronze sculpture and digital photography, but have also explored black & white photography, collage, pastel, charcoal, ink, pencil, mixed media & textiles.