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 currently live and work in Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape South Africa. I travel between Italy and Stellenbosch SA.
I am a South African/ Italian Sculptor, Sculpture Teacher, and Gallerist.
I have had 4.5 years of teaching experience teaching sculpture and Drawing at Somerset College. My Drawing;
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.
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 currently have new Owl studies in bronze available;
Pearl Spotted owl. Bronze. Edition/12. Available;
Scops Owl. Edition/12. Available;
Little Barn Owl maquette. Bronze. Edition/15.Available;
Swallows on line. Bronze. Edition/12. Available.
My work is currently moving into the field of Montumental sculpture with rhyme and spirit animals.
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 Instagram handle @stephen_rautenbach and http://www.stephenrautenbach.com
My Studio Gallery in Stellenbosch South Africa
My intimate, public, sculpting space;
My working studio where works like my new Pangolin sculpture are made in wax to be cast in bronze.
Pangolin sculpture.Bronze. Edition /12. Available.
I am currently enlarging my portfolio with commissioned works.
Please contact me for development projects, and Landscaped garden features. For Example;
Fish Eagle. Edition/8. .Sold out. Originally commissioned for a local garden water feature.
My contact number for
Whatsapp; 083 650 2608.
I look forward to hear from you.