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Claire Gavronsky

Selected Artworks

Oil on canvas
Frame: 133 x 103 cm Work: 130 x 100 cm
Oil on linen
Work: 190 x 200 cm
Pencil on paper
Work: 36 x 28 cm
Oil on cotton
176 x 150 cm
28 x 9.5 x 7.5 cm / Work: 28 x 9.5 x 7.5 cm


Claire Gavronsky image

(b. 1957, Johannesburg)

Claire Gavronsky works in a variety of mediums, most notably in painting and sculpture. Her work often uses visual reference’s to historical paintings, and cues are sometimes taken from events from everyday life. Memory, racism, violence against women and children are some of the theme’s which run through her oeuvre. Her work also bridge’s sometimes complex narratives through overlaid images, and stories which link the past to the present.

In 1981 Gavronsky received a Master of Fine Art in painting, and she moved to Italy in 1985 and has since lived between Cape Town and Tuscany.

In Florence, Gavronsky established, with fellow artist Rosemarie Shakinovsky, an international artist’s residency workshop in Tuscany. After the success of these workshops they founded workshops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Venda and Botswana. Gavronsky and Shakinovsky often collaborate under the name Rosenclaire. They also collaborate on occasion with William Kentridge. She has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Europe and the United States of America.

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Basel Artfair
13 June - 16 June 2024
London Gallery
08 February - 16 March 2024

Press & News


Claire Gavronsky is featured in the latest title in Phaidon’s Vitamin series of contemporary art books, which is a survey of important contemporary drawing brought together by leading experts in th...


Works by Gavronsky and Shakinovsky are included on the group exhibition, Right to the Future, at the Museum of the 20th and 21st Century in St. Petersburg (25 October – 3 December). The exhibition ...