I was born in Durban, South Africa in 1976. I studied Fine art for three years at Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. My Majors were Sculpture and Printmaking.
I am currently working and living in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape South Africa. I have recently had 4.5 years of teaching experience teaching sculpture at Somerset College. I resigned from teaching to start my Studio Gallery on 44 Church Street Stellenbosch, and to do sculpting full time, at the end of 2009.
I am currently doing private commissions and exhibiting in the UK.
My sculpture work reflects my fascination with dynamics of movement, light and composition. I love doing sculpture studies of people, animals, birds and Fish.
I enjoy exploring the emotional humanistic content I perceive in animals, their personalities, as well as their relationship and integration with people and our changing, natural environment.
Currently I am developing short stories with my sculpture, through life- like studies of animals and birds.
Sculptures, Images supported by short rhyming verse, with influences from reading books as a child. I also love nonsense poetry, and artists like Albrecht Durer, William Turner and William Blake. Themes have an underlying irony and wry sense of humour.
Animal sculptures, Owls and birds become characters, personalities and symbols that are international and cross cultural with varying interpretations.
Within the theme of people; classical portraiture studies of historical figures, I also enjoy Therianthropy and mythology, leaning towards surrealism with human form.
Born in 1976, Stephen Rautenbach's creative quality probably started when he was about a year old – building towers with blocks and knocking them down when they weren't perfect, tearing the page up when he went over a line when colouring in. It carried on when he was fortunate enough to attend Lawson Brown High in Port Elizabeth and was able to do a full-on art matric – ceramics, graphic design, textile design and painting.
Stephen studied Fine art at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth/Mandela Bay, under the guidance of the best teachers he could ever have wished for.
After his formal studies, he moved up to Natal and as resident artist at the PACE center in Port Shepstone he was able to broaden his thinking while working with talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Moving on down to the Western Cape, he honed his technical skills working as an artizan, fettler in a bronze foundry in Stellenbosch.
This was followed with a stint as guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University and four and a half years teaching sculpture and drawing at Somerset College.
Currently, Stephen has his own gallery and studios in Stellenbosch.