About Stephen 

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 currently travel between Italy and Stellenbosch SA. 

I am a  Sculptor, Sculpture Teacher, and Gallerist.

 I have recently had 4.5 years of teaching experience teaching sculpture at Somerset College. I resigned from teaching , at the end of 2009 to start my Studio Gallery on 44 Church Street Stellenbosch, and do sculpting full time.

 I am currently doing private comissions and developing my sculpting portfolio in bronze.

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My sculpture work reflects a fascination with dynamics of movement, light and composition.

I love doing sculpture studies of people, animals, birds and under water creatures.

 I enjoy exploring the emotional humanistic content I percieve in animals, their personalities, as well as their relationship and integration with people and our changing, natural environment.

 I am currently developing short stories with my sculpture, through  life-like studies of animals and birds.

My sculptures are often images supported by short rhyming verse, with influences from reading books as a child.

Animal sculptures, Owls and birds become characters, personalities and symbols that are international and cross cultural with varying interpretations. 

I am developing  a new body of miniature Japanese Netsuke inspired sculpture work.

I am integrating precious stones with silver and bronze sculpture as well as guilding with 23ct gold.

My work is currently moving into the field of Surrealism with nursery rhyme.

Within the theme of people; classical portraiture studies of historical figures, I also enjoy Theriantropy, leaning towards surrealism with human form.

My bronze sculpture work can be viewed at www.stephenrautenbach.co.za and http://www.stephenrautenbach.com  

My Studio Gallery in Stellenbosch South Africa


My bookish nook in the gallery


My working studio where works like my new Pangolin sculpture are made in wax to be cast in bronze.

 Pangolin in wax for bronze, 

Pangolin sculpture in bronze.

8 thoughts on “About Stephen 

  1. Hello Stephen,
    Can you please email me to discuss the price of the Kraken?
    I visited years ago and love your work.
    I am based in Sydney Australia.
    Many thanks,

    1. Hello Lucy,

      It is lovely to hear from you, thank you for your message. Yes, with pleasure, I remember, Edwin Glasgow introduced us, on one of his memorable visits to the studio.
      The large Octopus is edition 1/6, lxbxh
      227Kg bronze,
      I have it catalogued at R1 300 000
      But it is negotiable on the first of the edition.
      Should it suit you, we could communicate on WhatsApp, it may be easier, my number is +27 83 650 2608.
      With best regards,

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