South African artist Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen paints figurative portraits emanating innocence and hope that pay tribute both to her devotion to God and her belief in the intrinsic goodness of the people of this world. Using balanced, harmonic compositions and a dedication to detail, Maria focuses on the interplay of light and shadow in her works, with particular attention to how light impacts form, conveying the powerful message that underscores all her work: that light has the power to expel darkness and reveal the goodness and abundance in life.
Maria wishes for her paintings to touch the lives of her viewers in profound ways – to remind them again of their greatest dreams and to give them hope despite the complexity and challenges of today’s world. As she explains, “I would love my art to lift the burden for a moment, to reflect peace and overflow, to bring focus again on the simplicity of live and love“.
Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen currently lives and works in Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape.
Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen was born in Paarl and raised in Gauteng. She currently lives in Mossel Bay with her husband Francois and three children, Katinka, Sharl and Rigter.
She completed her diploma in Business Management, Webpage design and did a 2 year photography course in England. She is also a qualified hair stylist.
“I believe my highest calling in life is my husband, my children and my relationships with all people. My friends and family provide a balance in my life and keep me humble. They are all extraordinary people!”
Although Maria has no formal training in painting she says it was, is and always will be part of her life. She grew up experiencing all forms of creativity as her mother was an artist. She is inspired by God for He is the creator of all beautiful things. “He called me for His purpose and in obedience and love of art, I paint with all I am to worship Him. Therefore I pray that each painting will touch you like it touched me whilst painting it“.