The Rural Years and After
Aviva received her education in Pretoria where she matriculated in 1978, achieving a distinction in Art. At the University of Pretoria, she obtained a BA Degree and a post graduate Diploma in Museum Technology.
She married Serett Maree, an engineer, and the young couple moved to Gazankulu where they stayed for 3 years. Moving to the countryside later proved to be the driving force for Aviva to combine her love for a simple life style with her artistic talent. It was during their stay in Sibasa, Venda, that Aviva was first noticed as young artist. She participated in an exhibition hosted by the SA Embassy in Venda, as well as a solo exhibition in Makhado and several group exhibitions in Pretoria.
The family moved to Tzaneen in 1990. Her annual art exhibition was a cultural event to which the community looked forward to. During their stay of 10 years in Tzaneen, Aviva taught art to children of various ages.
The Maree family moved to Knysna in 2000, where they have been living since.
Aviva has extensive experience in the use of acrylic paints and oil colours. She is represented by prestigious galleries of fine art throughout the country. She presented ten successful solo exhibitions since 2008.
Colour and Light
Aviva is captivated by the vibrancy and brilliance of colour and light, two elements that she studied through her great admiration for Vincent van Gogh. She believes that colour expresses something in itself and with confident brush strokes she works towards seizing the light. To achieve this, Aviva developed her own style of painting, not following trends.
She knows the rules of composition and visual design and uses them as guide lines, but prefers to go beyond the obvious to achieve a strong balance and visual tension between the different elements.
An Artist of Life
Aviva has mastered the depiction of harmony in everyday scenes. She pays much attention to her sketches which capture the beautiful flowing postures of her subjects. She prefers to depict women as she admires the way women proudly work in contented ways. Her goal is to portray female inner strength which enables women to survive and provide for their offspring, no matter the circumstances.
Aviva’s mind has absorbed and distilled the different atmospheres of the areas where she lived. She puts her imagination to work on the fruits of her intimate knowledge of life around her to lend a timeless quality to her extraordinary depictions of ordinary people and their everyday activities. At times, the viewer is made to feel that he or she is seeing these people and what they are doing for the first time. She invites the viewer to engage with her pictures using their imagination to complete the stories with their personal experiences of life.
Aviva paints from the heart without fear of inhibition. This ability lends both depth and spiritual integrity to her paintings.
Art Pure and Simple
Aviva paints in a spirit which is true to the meaning and simplicity of her name. It is this spirit that gives her work that something extra which is enjoyed by art lovers in this country and abroad.
“The manner in which the viewer can easily interact with the paintings, their subject matter, the brilliance of the colours and confident brush strokes makes the work become alive, full of depth and emotions.”( Nicole Palmer, Photographer)